Laptop won't boot with battery installed. What's broken?
I have a 5 y/o Compaq NC600c that has spent most of it's like
plugged-in and is used daily.
It froze in-use and on reboot via the big switch, it would flash some
lights and start the boot sequence but never get to the poing of
spinning up the hard disk. It would then go dark and do it again,
seemingly forever. It does this, plugged in or not.
Eventually, I tried the laptop w/o the battery and it works fine.
Is this a dead battery? A dead inverter that is killing the system?
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Al Dykes typed on 3 May 2008 08:11:48 -0400:
> I have a 5 y/o Compaq NC600c that has spent most of it's like
> plugged-in and is used daily.
> It froze in-use and on reboot via the big switch, it would flash some
> lights and start the boot sequence but never get to the poing of
> spinning up the hard disk. It would then go dark and do it again,
> seemingly forever. It does this, plugged in or not.
> Eventually, I tried the laptop w/o the battery and it works fine.
> Is this a dead battery? A dead inverter that is killing the system?
Yes it does sound like a dead battery. Although here are many things
that can cause this too. What happens if you put the battery in after it
boots up? Does the machine shutdown or what? When it is plugged in and
off, does the battery...Toshiba 4000CDS laptop won't boot.
I have a Toshiba 4000CDS laptop that won't boot.
1. I switch the Power on .. OK
2. Boot screen "Toshiba In touch with tomorow" ... OK
3. "Enter password .. "
I enter the password.
"Valid password entered system is now starting up."
But nothing happens from then on.
(Can't even get in touch with Today let alone tomorrow !)
I don't have any Toshiba floppies.
What can I do now ?
Sounds like a bad hard drive. You need to see if you can boot from a
floppy and/or from a CD. If you can do that, it's almost certainly a
bad hard drive. Make a bootable floppy and/or CD on another machine
(doesn't have to be a "Toshiba" specific floppy). [to boot from a CD,
you may need to change the boot sequence in the BIOS] If the hard drive
is bad, get a new hard drive and reinstall Windows. You can use a
generic version of any version of Windows from 95 to XP (however, don't
use XP unless you have at least 96 megabytes of memory, and preferably
160 megabytes). It's also possible that the OS on the hard drive got
wiped out but that the hard drive is still physically ok (e.g. you could
reformat and/or repartition the hard drive and it would be ok for a
reinstallation of Windows).
If you are going to reinstall the OS, reflash the bios to the latest
All necessary Toshiba drivers, as well as the bios, are on the Toshiba
If the hard drive is bad...Dropped Toshiba Laptop won't go past initial boot screen
I was sitting on the couch with my brother the other day and when I
stood up his foot happened to be on my computer power cord and it was
jerked out of my hands and fell flat on the floor. It was on and
remained on at that point. I turned if off to travel the next day,
when I returned to my home and attempted to turn on the computer it
got through about 60-80% of the initial boot and then just sat still.
Wouldn't do anything.
I was just hoping that someone might have a suggestion as to what the
problem would be, and would post their ideas here. Any help would be
greatly appreciated. Anything to keep from spending money to fix it
(poor college student here).
Thanks in advance,
"Fletcher" <FpwL1399@gmail.com> wrote in message
> Hi all,
> I was sitting on the couch with my brother the other day and when I
> stood up his foot happened to be on my computer power cord and it was
> jerked out of my hands and fell flat on the floor. It was on and
> remained on at that point. I turned if off to travel the next day,
> when I returned to my home and attempted to turn on the computer it
> got through about 60-80% of the initial boot and then just sat still.
> Wouldn't do anything.
> I was just hoping that someone might have a suggestion as to what the
> problem would be, and would post their ideas here. Any help would be
> ...laptop won't boot !!!
I have the same problem. But in my case the hard drive get invisible, and
the system cann't boot from the visible DvD. I get the ugly message insert
boot disk if you wonna use me ;).
Bios setup stay accessible. I suspect something wrong with IDE hardware
Any suggestions ?
> Hi all,
> I have an inspiron 3800 which will boot very occasionally but most of
> the time when I turn it on it does nothing.
> by nothing, I mean the fan starts and the screen appears to be in 80x25
> text mode with just a cursor blinking in the top left corner. there is
> no bios screen and no beeps. control-alt-del does nothing, nor does the
> setup button or f2 etc.
> on the rare occasions it does boot (no idea why) it is stable.
> any clues please? it's going in the skip if I can't figure it out...
...Laptop won't boot #3
I had problems with my laptop shutting itself down, particularly when
trying to perform memory intensive tasks (playing a game, watching a
video, etc.). My initial thoughts were overheating, so I cleaned the
heatsink (which was fairly clean anyway) and added some more heat
transfer gel. It didn't help.
Then one day, I got the lovely BSOD complete with a load of writing
which I didn't catch before it turned itself off. After that the laptop
refuses to boot, preferring instead to show me a blank screen with a
flashing cursor. On occassion it doesn't even show me the BIOS screen.
Since then I've ran the IBM Hard Disk diagnostic, which has given me
disposition code 0x70, which I'm led to believe basically means its no
use anymore. Before changing it I decided to run memtest and check the
memory, the only problem is it shuts itself down in the middle of
So does this mean I have more problems than just my HD? Has my memory
gone too? Is there any way to find out?
Thanks in advance for any help
...Laptop won't power on with battery
I'm having the weirdest problem with my laptop (Micron TransPort XKE,
Pentium MMX @ 233MHz, 6GB HDD, 64MB RAM, Win2k). It won't power on
with the battery in it. It needs the AC adapter plugged in to turn on,
even if the battery is fully charged. HOWEVER -- and this is the
puzzling part -- once turned on, if you unplug the AC, it'll run for
almost 3 hours off of the battery. It just won't turn on from the
maybe a power setting in the system bios. But it also sounds like an old
Laptop. So it might just be showing its age.
<xDataDrainx90@gmail.com> wrote in message
> I'm having the weirdest problem with my laptop (Micron TransPort XKE,
> Pentium MMX @ 233MHz, 6GB HDD, 64MB RAM, Win2k). It won't power on
> with the battery in it. It needs the AC adapter plugged in to turn on,
> even if the battery is fully charged. HOWEVER -- and this is the
> puzzling part -- once turned on, if you unplug the AC, it'll run for
> almost 3 hours off of the battery. It just won't turn on from the
> Any ideas/help?
> I'm having the weirdest problem with my laptop (Micron TransPort XKE,
> Pentium MMX @ 233MHz, 6GB HDD, 64MB RAM, Win2k). It won't power on
> with the battery in it. It needs...Compaq Laptop won't boot to CD.
My Compaq Laptop with a one bay floppydrive/cdrom, one day, will not
boot up to windows 2000 Pro. It will not boot up to the install CD when
trying to reinstall window 2000. The laptop was originally Windows 95,
then later upgraded to 98 and now 2000. Even after I set the BOIS to
allow the CD-ROM to be the first to boot it will not see any bootable
CD. I don't have the restore CD.
The reason for reinstalling is because the operating system won't boot
up. It hangs. It will boot up to the boot diskettes. After running the
win2000 boot diskettes I choose "R' for repair but I get, "cannot find
hard drive." I'm trying to get to a command prompt so I can copy the
disks to the hard drive but not sure how to get into the command
prompt. What are some other ideas I can try? Thanks.
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> My Compaq Laptop with a one bay floppydrive/cdrom, one day, will not
> boot up to windows 2000 Pro. It will not boot up to the install CD when
> trying to reinstall window 2000. The laptop was originally Windows 95,
> then later upgraded to 98 and now 2000. Even after I set the BOIS to
> allow the CD-ROM to be the first to boot it will not see any bootable
> CD. I don't have the restore CD.
you need to go into the bios and see if you can re-detect the harddrive and
it appears that they both have not been detected.
I...VAIO laptop locked and won't boot
After connecting my Sony VAIO AR520E VistaHP system to the Internet
using my Cricket wireless dongle, as I have done many times before,
when I returned to the laptop I saw a login-like screen that stated
"Computer Locked" but when I moved my mouse to unlock it the screen
went black and I have not been able to get the laptop to reboot since
then. Not even the VAIO logo screen displays.
I disconnected it from the mains to run it off the battery but that
made no difference. The power light remains on but the battery light
comes on briefly then turns off. The hard drive light...HP Laptop won't boot, lights flicker
My HP Pavilion ZV5000 won't start up. I press the power button and the
LED lights flicker, the fans budge slightly, and then it all turns
off. The laptop itself is one of the shakiest computer's i've ever run
across, and I have a strong suspicion there's a simple solution.
The battery light is on saying it's charged, so it's not like the
laptop's not receiving power. The battery itself is very weak (if that
has anything to do with anything). If I take the battery out it with
the power still plugged in it's the same behavior.
I would be fretting that it's some kind of permanent problem but I had
taken the laptop to a friends (and it had previously been working
great) when it started doing this. Lights flicker and that's it. I
pressed the button five or six times thinking it was nothing and it
started up fine randomly. It's not starting up this time, but it
suggests that it's some kind of easily fixed problem.
I've tried cleaning the fans, actually, and that didn't work. I
checked the simple solutions like making sure everything is getting
power, and it is. And I've held down the power button, that doesnt do
anything (the power actually turns on when you release the button, not
Man, any help would be so great. Thank you.
...Dell laptop battery won't stay put
My laptop at work is a Dell Inspiron 4000. It's OK considering I didn't
pay for it, but the battery won't stay in the compartment when the laptop is
handled. For example, if I have it running but suspended and pick it up to
move it to another location across the room the battery will invariably fall
out of the slot. It's like the "latch" doesn't catch to hold it in place.
Is there a DIY fix for this so I don't have to send it back to Dell for
repair and be w/o a computer while it's away?
...Toshiba laptop won't see 30gb HD
I have a Toshiba 30gb hard drive that I am trying to install in a
Toshiba 7010ct laptop. .It has a 4.3gb that the bios see and works
OK but the bios does not see 30gb at all.
Bios reports no hard drive and when I run disk manager it see's
I Know CMS sells large hard drives for the 7010 so I know it should
This hard drive works fine in an old 486 laptop, so I know the drive
Anyone know how to get this laptop to see this drive.
Thanks in advance.
...What are basic diagnostic tests on a Windows laptop that won't boot?
Those of you with experience troubleshooting a dead
laptop, can you provide advice?
I have a Windows 7 HP G72 laptop which suddenly stopped working.
Do you have an idea how to do basic troubleshooting?
What happens when I try to reboot is that nothing shows
up on the 17-inch screen whatsoever.
The only indicators are the fan and a half dozen LEDs.
The fan is most notable.
When I press the power switch, the fan goes on for what
I timed at 40 seconds. Then the fan goes off.
The white LED to the immediate left of the topside power
switch glows white when the computer is tu...Compaq Armada laptop won't work under battery power
I am using a Compaq Armada e500 laptop at work and it occasioanlly
decides it's no longer going to run on battery power. The battery is
charging when the laptop is plugged in, and is recieving a full charge
(eventually the charging indicator goes off). I have also tested the
battery with a meter and it has a comparable charge on it as when it
was working. Also, the LEDs on the battery show it at 100%.
The laptop refuses to give any indication of power when disconnected
from the A/C adaptor, and if unplugged while running, will immediatley
cut off as though no power is reaching the unit from any source. The
symptoms also persist if using the alternate battery slot (removing
the floppy drive and inserting the battery there).
I did mention that this has been an intermittent problem, by which I
mean that it has occurred previously and then spontaneously started
working again about 3 weeks later.
I'm hoping to figure out a solution, or at least an explanation,
without having to buy a new battery pack for $100+ if possible.
Any input would be welcome.
My old Armada M700 had identical symptoms. It turned out to be a
defective batter. Compaq actually had a recall on those batteries, so I
received my replacement free of charge. But since yours is a different
model, I can't say if the same applies to your laptop.
> Hi All,
> I am using a Compaq Armada e500 laptop at work and it occasioanlly
> decides it's...4000T won't boot won't POST
I've had this problem for a while. Repair guys (no longer servicing Amiga's)
said it was a problem with the motherboard not posting. (I believe this is a
PC term) Said he got it working somehow by by-passing SCSI and using only
IDE. But when returned it still did not work.
Even with a new Power supply, nothing seems to power up. Even the floppy
doesn't 'flick' (that funny noise it makes upon power-up)
Any help appreciated.
"Phil Bastien" <email@example.com> ha scritto nel messaggio
> I've had this problem for a while. Repair guys (no longer servicing
> said it was a problem with the motherboard not posting. (I believe this is
> PC term) Said he got it working somehow by by-passing SCSI and using only
> IDE. But when returned it still did not work.
Are you using an X-Calibur accelerator? It is incompatible with the A4091
and, with my configuration, it hangs just after loading its software, when
it resets the Amiga.
I am curious about how to bypass the SCSI controller in the A4000T...
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...Toshiba Satellite M35-S135 won't boot up using battery only
The laptop refuses to respond to "Power On" button when it's in
hibernate or powered off and ac/dc adapter is uplugged. Once turned on
(with adapter), it works fine using battery only (for about 2-3
hours). I've tried using new battery, but without any luck. I'd be
very greatful for every advice.
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...Fedora Core 2 won't boot on floppyless HP Pavilion Laptop
I installed Fedora Core 2 on an HP Pavilion zv5000 laptop that has no floppy
drive. The install looks like it it went OK: it gets to the end, says the
install went well, now remove the installation media and reboot. And
It starts booting then hangs. When I removed the 'quiet' switch from the
boot commands I watched it get about half way through then it printed an
error message saying it couldn't find a floppy device and then just simply
stopped doing anything.
Here is the boot command (when you hit 'e' on the grub graphical start
ke...HP laptop won't boot without HD (was HD Controller issue?)
Why is it that my laptop won't boot without the HD in place? I've
never had this problem with any PC - though I have to admit I've never
tried it with a laptop before.
The reason being that I'd rather run knoppix off my laptop than try and
fix the irritating problem I described in HD Controller Issue (previous
I'm no novice as such - I've been working with the internals of PC's
for almost a decade. I've disabled it in the BIOS, changed the boot
sequence etc and yet it still searches for the HD without looking for
the CD drive.
Am I overlooking something stupid in the BIOS? Is it a jumper setting
on the laptop motherboard (do I need to get my soldering iron out?) or
is this a perminant thing I can do nothing about?
Thanks in advance for anyone who's got any ideas or experience with
ahah, seems like it was the hard disk after all. The samsung HD (which
is a 5400 rather than a 4200) works very well, no crashes using any of
the programs. I shall test with a full mke2fs -c -c /dev/hda1 tonight.
Unfortunately it looks like the travelstar (which HP allegidly
replaced three times!) was the faulty item.
All that hassle when they could have replaced the HD in the first
Mind you, I got a free upgrade & kept the old one.
How much (roughly) would I get when ebaying this? It's vt6200 1.7gig
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...HP Laptop Won't Boot DR-DOS (Was: "Partitioning Issue")
Now that my laptop has the three partitions and each has been
formatted, I wanted to load DR-DOS before I install Linux in the remaining
However, the HP laptop will not let me boot from a DR-DOS floppy. The
floppy boots fine on another laptop; after booting from an MS-DOS or
WIN 98 boot media, the HP floppy drive can read the files on any floppy
including the DR-DOS boot disc, so the drive works.
It appears that the laptop has an aversion to non-MS products. Has
anyone run into this before?
The laptop specs again are:
HP Compaq NC8000 ...Acer Laptop Doesn't boot from Boot Cd
I have some problems with my Acer Travelmate 630,
and I am trying to boot from some "Boot Cds" to fix it.
For example "Ultimate boot CD" = ubcd.sourceforge.net.
The problem is that some of the ones I've made doesn't work.
How can I find out from another PC if it will boot?
Does the CD have to be finalized?
Some, for example Knoppix (Linux from CD) does work.
My current issue problem is that I need a to do something like a DOS
I can partition the drive in Knoppix ( Another option is to put the
drive in another PC)
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> I have some problems with my Acer Travelmate 630,
> and I am trying to boot from some "Boot Cds" to fix it.
> For example "Ultimate boot CD" = ubcd.sourceforge.net.
> The problem is that some of the ones I've made doesn't work.
> How can I find out from another PC if it will boot?
> Does the CD have to be finalized?
> Some, for example Knoppix (Linux from CD) does work.
> My current issue problem is that I need a to do something like a DOS
> chdsk before
> I can partition the drive in Knoppix ( Another option is to put the
> drive in another PC)
Maybe a stupid question, but have you checked the Bios so that the CD
drive has a higher boot-up priority than the hard drive ?
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http:...Files won't display, directory won't delete, drive won't format
After having a few slow-access problems, I ran a virus scan (McAfee) on my
D: drive (second HDD, 15Gb). To my surprise, the scan listed a directory
and files which I didn't recognise: I didn't note any full pathnames, but a
typical one was something like D:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21... Dd159.zip . I
wondered if this was anything to do with the Recycle bin, despite the fact
that I'd emptied it immediately before the scan.
No viruses were detected, but when I ran an error check I got the message
"the scan could not be completed".
As a precaution I decided to ba...Laptop works on battery, charges battery, but doesn't work on AC
I have a Compaq Presario R3000
1. Laptop runs on battery .
2. Laptop charges battery from mains when the laptop is off
3. When the battery is in and power lead connected, laptop starts but
runs off battery (since charging light on battery doesn't light up and I
know it is not at 100%).
4. When battery is out and power lead connected, laptop starts and then
stops after few seconds, before XP begins loading.
Can this be resolved?
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Brenda Love wrote:
> I have a Compaq Presario R3000
> 1. Laptop runs on battery .
> 2. Laptop charges battery from mains when the laptop is off
> 3. When the battery is in and power lead connected, laptop starts but
> runs off battery (since charging light on battery doesn't light up and I
> know it is not at 100%).
> 4. When battery is out and power lead connected, laptop starts and then
> stops after few seconds, before XP...Is there such a thing as an external battery charger for the 17" laptop battery, the way there was for the G4 Titanium laptop's one?
I had a Titanium powerbook, and one of the very useful accessories was an
external bettery charger - two of the square batteries could be put in there
and it charged them from a wall outlet. Best of all, it used exactly the
same power cable as the mac itself. Now, I've got a 17" powerbook, and the
battery is different (also square, but bigger). I can't find an external
charger anywhere; is there such a thing anywhere? I'd like to charge one
battery while using another one, and then swap 'em etc.