When my computer boots up, I see the boot screen, but by the time it gets to the profile selection the monitor goes black. I still hear the boot-up noise, and the login noise. When I press the power button to shut down, I see my desktop for a moment. Given my limited knowledge, I am guessing that my laptop is incorrectly detecting whether the lid is open, and turning the monitor off when it shouldn't. The lid is a little looser than it used to be, so maybe it's a problem with the wiring? It's hard for me to tell without knowing how it functions.
Any advice about what I should look into? I have a friend who has a nearly identical laptop with no hard drive sitting around in his garage. I am considering asking to buy it so the hard drive can be transferred to his old computer, but I'd like to have at least a guess as to whether this might work. Conversely, if it's likely a loose wire connecting to the monitor lid, maybe I could find someone to help fix it. I would appreciate any thoughts, advice, or suggestions.
I created a topic in a different subforum, "computer won't boot - malware related," but it didn't receive any replies, and I suspect it's because I posted it in the wrong subforum. I also had new information, so I reposted in this forum. If needed, here's the original topic: http://www.geekstogo...n-after-reboot/
Edited by Radien, 14 December 2011 - 05:19 PM.