No screen on laptop

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  1. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    I've got a toshiba satellite pro and the screen is blank i think some how i've disabled it but do not know how to get it back on can any one help
     
  2. Techno Child

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    On one of the function keys (F1,F2,Etc...) You will find two boxes, one shaded and the other open. Hold "fn" and press that key.

    That toggles internal/ext. monitors.

    -tc

    EDIT: I'm guessing it's F5, but I'm not sure about the newer KBs from Toshiba...
     
  3. kev59

    kev59 OSNN Senior Addict

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    Tried that didn't work
     
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    Thread moved to General Hardware.
     
  5. kcnychief

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    Actually the key is FN + F8, I believe.

    Can you hook the laptop up to an external monitor, wether it be CRT/LCD, and try it that way?

    Do you get the Toshiba splash screen at all - which shows the behavior before POST, or do you get anything? Is the LCD getting power, or is it completely black?
     
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    yeah, good point... you could try holding a flashlight at an angle to see if it's just the backlight that isn't on... for that you could put the brightness up by "fn"+(whatever the light ^ is).
     
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    Monitor brightness is normally FN + Up/Down arrow keys
     
  8. kev59

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    yep tried that no splash screen comes up not even a faint backgrond. Tried attaching a lcd monitor still nothing.Laptop is working as dvd drive is running up and you can hear the hard drive clicking. Power light is always on
     
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    You didn't accidentally uninstall your video drivers by any chance, huh?

    Other than that, no clue - hope you find a fix for it.
     
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    any way to take the cmos battery out?... :(

    sorry to hear about your problem. hope it works out.
     
  11. Shamus MacNoob

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    What model is it? How old?
    Video drivers have nothing to do with the splash screen if you change video drivers and uninstall your drivers have you ever had a blank screen with no bios? I dont think so ... It sounds more like the backlight is gone or something more hardware related, what happened just before this ? Do you hear the beep of the POST meaning that the portable has completed the POWER ON SELF TEST? If not then again this is a sign that your hardware is in trouble..try to pop out the battery and the memory and then put them back in I have seen portables that wont boot and after removing the battery they have so try with no battery as well. And by battery I mean the the big rechargable one not the cmos meaning there is no need to totaly dismantel the portable in 35 pieces.
     
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    It is a toshiba sattelitte pro A60 it is a year and 1 mth old. I was formating the hard drive when this happened as the comp was full of old software and slow etc. I have done this several times before with no problems. Tried removing battery still nothing. Thanks all for trying to help looks like its to the shop monday
     
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    If it is only a year old it is probably under warranty still - did you call Toshiba for help?
     
  14. Techno Child

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    Well, he did try the flashlight test. If it's hardware, then his entire screen module burned out?
     
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    hard drive clicking? Is it a loud, distinctive clicking? Or just the normal sounds of the arm moving across the platters?
     
  16. Shamus MacNoob

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    Pretty sure the best thing he could do is try and contact Toshiba but I have heard some bad stories about their tech support hope our poster has better luck.
     
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    it is a month out of warranty and i have rung them and they reminded me of that. Does not sound like a heavy clicking. Used to boot up first on a usb floppy but does not try now ??
     
  18. Shamus MacNoob

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    I would say take it to a local store and ask someone tolook at it
     
  19. kev59

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    you will not believe this but the memory was missing found it in the bottom of the case thanks all for your help
     
  20. kcnychief

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    Hehehe - that' something we probably wouldn't have thought of :)

    Glad you fixed it though ;)