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Trying to start up laptop that has not been used in 2 yrs.

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Trying to start up laptop that has not been used in 2 yrs. Green light on, yellow light on , screen black. Is the computer viable? I hear it running
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Laptop
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

My name is ***** ***** I'd like to try to help you get this computer back up and running. Please let me know that you are available so we can work together and try a few things.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Could you also let me know what you have tried so far so that I don't make any suggestions that you have already attempted?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't think you can remote in. Screen is dark.
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

I'd prefer not to try a remote assistance, I'm not sure there'd be any benefit and I don't want you unnecessarily charged for the service.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Can you let me know what you have tried so far? I'll work to get this laptop back up and running if at all possible.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Computer is running. Green light on yellow light on. Screen is dark. I di Cyril-alt delete nothin changes
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Please start by unplugging the laptop from power, remove the battery (if possible), and hold the power button for 30 seconds. What is the model of this laptop?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are you there?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Never removed battery?How?
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Yes, I'm here, and will work with you until we have either a solution or are able to determine this laptop display is truly not functioning.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

I'll need to know the laptop model to tell you exactly how to remove the battery.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Model Aspire(###) ###-####
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
5535-5050
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Windows vista
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for that information. If you turn the laptop upside down, there should be some sliding locks. If you move them over, the battery should slide out.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

It's difficult to explain this via text, so let me know if I need to provide more clarity.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is out now WU 'has m
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is out
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Eh
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What now ?
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Perfect :) ! Ok, can you hold the power button for 30 seconds? Again, make sure the power cable has been disconnected as well.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok power on no battery light
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

There should be no power, it's completely disconnected from battery and the ac adapter, correct?

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

For good measure, please hold the power button another 30 seconds.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Only get battery light when power cable is plugged ib
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

All power to the laptop must be removed. Disconnect the power cable and keep the battery out, then hold the power button 30 seconds. Sounds bizarre, I know.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Battery out power button held now 30secs - now what?
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

In the meantime and while we are waiting to test this, do you have another computer monitor that we may be able to plug into this laptop? If we can plug in an external monitor during boot-up, we can identify if the computer is booting up with a bad display, or if there is something else going on.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Great! Ok, please put the battery back in and plug the power cable back in. Then hit the power button like you were turning the laptop on.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have another laptop but connect it to be he no working one how?
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

I'm not sure I understand. If it is not a true monitor, we won't be able to connect to use that as a display.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Are you seeing anything when you power the non-working laptop back on?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Green and yellow light on dark screen I only have 2 laptops one working one not
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Another thing that may sound bizarre, but has actually happened to me, is that the screen needs to be moved up or down to get a display. If at boot-up you are still not seeing anything, try moving the lid of the laptop up and down to see if you get any display.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Green and yellow light on
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

The green light indicates the laptop is powered on, and the yellow light indicates the battery is charging. Unfortunately, it seems the display of this laptop has died.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

By any chance, is this laptop under warranty?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can it be fixed?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Geek Squad or Office Supply computer repair places?
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

It can absolutely be fixed, likely requiring a physical display be purchased and installed. This should be covered if the laptop is under warranty, but may be a charge if not.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

If you are only concerned about recovering data, let me know. There are other directions we can go that may be cheaper than purchasing a display.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A display th upper half of a laptop? Can be bought separately?
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

Well, it's not the entire upper half but is built into the top of that case. It could be a negligible cost depending on availability of the display. Installation may be the bigger expense.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

As an example, this is likely the part that is required for 65 dollars on Amazon. I cannot guarantee this is the problem without plugging the laptop into an external monitor, but any computer repair shop should be able to confirm whether or not this is the problem.

https://www.amazon.com/Aspire-5535-5050-Replacement-LAPTOP-Substitute/dp/B003VWHQJC

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks
Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

I understand this is not the answer that you were hoping for, but hope that I was helpful in pointing you in the right direction. If I physically had the computer, I'd be able to figure out much more.

If I was helpful, please rate me to provide confidence to other customers needing assistance. If not, please let me know what I could do differently to be sure I provide excellent service to future customers.

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.

I appreciate you taking the time to work with me to troubleshoot this issue; please let me know if there is anything more I can do to help.