Laptop issues...


Any ideas most gratefully received......

This latest incident follows a series of random occurrences that form little coherent pattern. I shall start with the most recent.


Sitting at my laptop accessing the computer in question remotely using ssh. Suddenly no response......

Go to computer, which has no response from display, USB keyboard or USB mouse so switch off and reboot. Everything comes back on and I select Linux as the O.S to load (Dual boot with a broken Win98). Linux fails to load with a variety of errors and I get no response with the keyboard or mouse. Restart the machine and now no display. This is a brand new computer setup purpose built for me by a friend who is as mystified as I am.

A week ago.....

A variety of problems, including no recognition of DVD or CD Writer by the BIOS. Keyboard works fine though. Windows 98 presents a variety of software errors (assumed rebuild required)

A fortnight ago......

Boot machine and I get no USB (either keyboard or mouse). Try clearing BIOS by shorting it then rebooting properly and things clear but lose the keyboard and mouse after so many seconds. No choice as I have only USB ports on the machine.

Possible suggestions:

Dodgy IDE cable but does not explain USB problems

Overheating - two fans installed so no reason for this but any suggestions.....

Thats all for now.

Any help please.


This question was answered on February 28, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You may want to look into power issue, power fluctuations and such due to bad battery and/or power cable can cause you to have problems similar to the ones you described Try taking out the battery and running the laptop with just the power cable and see if the problems persist Your problem could also be that of a motherboard going bad, you might have to sent it in to the manufacturer to take a look at it for you and perhaps replace the faulty board.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 28, 2004