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Topic # 8193 11-Jun-2006 20:34
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I have always had problems with being able to boot up my laptop. Normally I have to spend around 20-40 minutes turning it on and off then on then off then on then... well, you get the point. The ON light works, but the screen remains black. The only way I know the thing finally has decided to come out of its coma is when the CD-ROM opens. Plus the battery only works on leap years ending with a 3 or something. WELL today it decided to just turn off by itself, and I assumed it was the same old deal. It's not like Auckland Universitys exams are on at the moment. I subject myself to around 2 hours of the old power-up, power-down game (I obviously have no life) and eventually the machine beeps at me and says "Please Remove the Incompatible Memory Module in Slot A."

I looked over the net and the only sites I found about this error were dealing with modified desktops and were in GERMAN. And since my German is a little rusty, and I have never opened my laptop to tinker around with anything, I was stumped. Have I dislodged something inside somehow? Have I finally burnt out my motherboard with all night sessions of por... webcomics? Has a complex voodoo curse been placed upon me?

So is there any way I can fix this problem? I have always had trouble with it. My laptop is old, oh so very old, a Toshiba running 2000 and boasting a mind-boggling 18gb, while I am unsure of the processors speed, if in fact it actually has any speed left. I believe I purchased it for 2 cows and a small granary. But yes, Memory Modules. Incompatible ones at that. Any ideas?


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Reply # 38195 11-Jun-2006 21:16
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Welcome to Geekzone... And before you spend another few hours on your laptop, I'd say you have either some bad memories (installed not on you), or overheating problems.

Pehaps the best option is to have it serviced.


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Reply # 38211 12-Jun-2006 08:57
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Greetings Terros. It sounds like you're in Auckland, so I would try Portable Plus in Ellerslie. If you're too far north or south of Ellerslie send me a PM and I'll give you some other options.


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Reply # 38349 12-Jun-2006 20:46
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Yeah, my girlfriend is going to get the information off it, I have work files that I will be killed for if I don't find replacements. It'll probably cost me more than I paid for this piece of junk to get it looked at, but it will depend on if my gf can get the stuff off. If not myself and my wallet shall look into the servicing option.

However, I was thinking maybe the person I bought this off had installed new junk inside. I turned my laptop over and found that pretty much all the screws are missing. And the machine looks like it is about to fall in half when you pick it up. Go Trademe Laptops!!! We're number one!!! I've never even looked underneath my machine, let alone opened it up. So I guess somebody did install something and it's just taken a few months to wake up.

Thanks for the help as well guys!

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