How do I figure out what the problem is that is causing my Toshiba laptop not to start?

by on March 1, 2011

Q: I have a Toshiba Satellite A135 S2276. I turn it on and all I get is a power button light and a very low sound of a fan running. No monitor image, no disk ( at least it won’t open, light is constantly on)
I can get power to hard drive, power supply, etc…
I was told it may be the video card or mother board how can I know for sure? I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it since it is about 4 years old.

2 Responses to “How do I figure out what the problem is that is causing my Toshiba laptop not to start?”

    First check by plugging in an external monitor if you have a monitor port on your laptop. If you get video there then you will know your laptop is running. As well it will most likely be the screen/ screen inverter. If that is the case they require a little work to take the screen apart and replace for about $50-100.

    If you still get nothing on the monitor you plugged in it may be various things from memory, to motherboard. Bad Hard Drive even if you hear it spin up.

    Please let me know what happens by plugging in a monitor and we can go from there.


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    Honestly the only way to know for sure would be to replace the motherboard and see if that fixes the problem, or take it to a computer shop for a diagnosis. Replacement motherboards look to be around $275. I’d suggest taking it to a laptop repair shop (possibly certified by Toshiba) to see if they’d be willing to give you a free repair quote.

    However, it’s highly unlikey that you’re going to have any repair options for under $100.