packard bell laptop, worked fine for 3 years. Last week was switched off at mexico airport to move between gates. Then when switched on again would display black screen, hard disk not booting, hard disk light not flickering.
Created image today on DVD from sister computer bought the same day. Laptop would boot from DVD but screen remains black with HD light off but DVD reader making obvious working noises, then after an hour or so DVD would stop making noises and just keep turning
OK so here's the news.
I removed the trap door and could clearly hear the HD humming.
Switched the laptop off, removed the HD and put it in an external casing, connected it to the "sister" laptop and could see all directories nicely developping.
Bottoms line :the HD works but for some reason does not boot.
Any suggestions ?
Seen my previous answer ?
Wait! There is more !
After I had removed the "faulty" HD from the laptop and put it in an external casing (and saw it working), I removed the HD from the "sister" laptop and replaced it with the "faulty" HD. It works perfectly fine !!
So ... it appears the HD is not faulty at all but somehow the "faulty" laptop is not "calling upon it" to boot.
That was a good idea but no cigar yet.
I put the "sister" HD into the "faulty" laptop and it did not boot.
Whereas the (supposed) faulty HD works when put in the "sister" laptop DID work.
Tip : when I put either HD in the faulty laptop there is a "clicking" noise (about 1 click per second) coming from the ventilator area. Means anything ?
What is the process that makes a laptop "ignite" the HD ?
When I press the button all I get is a black screen. I cannot access the BIOS hence not change the sequence in which hard disk, CD drive and/or USD port are accessed.
I did not say I "could boot from a cd and would run until it can't find a hard drive". I said I "could boot from a cd and it would run undefintely withotu anything happening".
But indeed IF it could boot from a CD THEN it should be able to pull up the BIOS setup screen BUT as it says here
this can only be done AFTER the LOGO appears on the screen
and my screen remains black
So ... here is an hypothesis : is there anything I could have done to tell the screen to remain black ? I know on some computers there is a key which switches the wi-fi or the touchpad OFF for instance ...
Anything similar on Packard Bell ? I connected an external screen on the faulty laptop and it said "Check signal cable" even when the cable was connected to the laptop.
And further to my today's reply , according to this forum
it is graphics chip problem common to packard bell computers.