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Had a laptop sitting in cupboard a few years trying to diagnose fault

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User Info: silvergokuZ

silvergokuZ
2 months ago#1
Outside of motherboard issues can't work out the issue.

Was sold to me for a good price by person who said keyboard didn't work so they had to use a usb one.

To their credit it worked perfectly fine as they stated, used it for a few days, let battery run dead and charge to see if it was holding charge.

I decided now it worked as promised to see if a format with a generic Windows disc or a newer Windows would sort the problem.

Oh and they keyboard worked fine in the bios.

Tried a Windows 7 install and it started ok but after about 30 seconds just froze, tried a usb install and same issue at same point

Tried a linux install and same issue.

So trying to work out if theres a hardware failure somewhere.

And I could never test if Windows worked after that as the startup got corrupted and I didn't have the manufacturer install discs.

Just thinking its a good laptop still (i7, 8 gigs of ram) so worthwhile to look at it.

So any ideas on the fault?
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User Info: betatech

betatech
2 months ago#2
Have you tried memtest or a HDD test?
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User Info: silvergokuZ

silvergokuZ
2 months ago#3
No, I was thinking possibility of hard drive fault but then I thought why would that stop only the keyboard working or freeze a install totally

That and even a linuxlive disc didn't work.
The red car and the blue car had a race. Good old blue he took the milky way.

User Info: silvergokuZ

silvergokuZ
2 months ago#4
Bump, did just make a kubuntu disc so may try that

I may attempt to remove ram but hoping its not inside the case.
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User Info: MC RaZaR

MC RaZaR
2 months ago#5
If you use a Linux Live disk for testing Linux and not installing, it should not crash or freeze if it's a hard drive issue. You should be able to boot from and use the Linux Live disk even if you didn't have a hard drive installed.

If it's freezing and crashing while you're just testing Linux, then it could be the RAM or some other hardware issue.
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User Info: JoboHotep

JoboHotep
2 months ago#6
Sounds very much like the issues my old HP laptop had.

It was given to me by a friend because I needed a PC, and I was able to fix it, but here's what all went wrong with it:

The bios got corrupted, causing the same type of problems you stated in trying to install Windows.

Once I reflashed the bios, we determined one of the RAM sticks had gone bad, so I replaced both (not a huge deal, as they were just 1GB sticks).

After reflashing the bios, replacing the RAM, and a fresh Windows install, it worked mostly fine for a few years, except a weird "hiccup" every now and then where it would act like the shift key was randomly stuck, or other context changing keys (like the delete key, control, etc.) were stuck.

This could usually be fixed by pressing the shift keys on either side of the keyboard a few times, but would really wreck most gaming when it decided to act up.

Eventually the motherboard developed a fault where it wouldn't recognize the AC adapter while the machine was running, and eventually wouldn't recognize it whether running or not, ultimately killing it at that point, as there was no way to power it other than battery which it was not able to charge.

tl;dr: Sounds like it's a good chance it's a problem with the RAM or mobo. Sorry for the long explanation, just wanted to give detail in case it ends up sounding very similar to what's happening with yours.
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