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zwthompson

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I have a 3 or 4 year old ProStar laptop. My wife turned it off sunday night using the Windows shut down. Monday she goes to run it on, and nothing.

The CD dirve spins up, I think the floppy starts, don't know about the HD. The processor is creating heat, and the fans will come on.

Nothing is ever displayed on the screen, and I don't even get the customary BIOS beeps. It will just sit like that indefinitely. The BIOS never loads, and I can't tell if the HD is working or not.

My only thoughts are bad processor, or maybe a dead CMOS battery?

Anybody have a good guess.
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if nothing comes up on the monitor...it's probably a video card problem....does the machine have a port on the back to connect it to an external monitor? if so try connecting a monitor to it and see if you can get something to display
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It does have an ouput for an external monitor. I will try that tonight.

I did try to plug it into my tv through an s-video cable (which I have done sucessfully before) and got nothing.
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the svideo connection is relliant on the driver's within the opperating system...so if the system is trully not booting (or if the driver for the card has failed within windows) then that svideo cable isn't gooing to work...since the external monitor port rellies on the drivers loaded through bios....there is a higher chance of it working if the o/s wont boot...if it won't display anything through that port....then it's probably either a video card problem or a motherboard problem
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Sorry it took so long to get back. I was gone for Thanksgiving.

I tried to plug in a standard monitor, and got nothing.

I tried to find a a jumper to reset the BIOS (grasping at straws I know), and can not find one. Nothing in the manual either.

I guess either my video or my mobo went south? Time for a new laptop?
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Does it have the Fn hot keys that some laptops have that can be used to turn the monitor off i have numerous times been stumped by my dads old laptop and all i needed to do was hit function F10 to turn the monitor on.
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It does, but I have already tried that to no avail.

I don't even get the beeps when the BIOS loads (or is supposed to).

Drives all seem to spin up (I'm not 100% sure about the HD), the processor heats up and the fans come on, but no beeps and no display.
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