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Hi,
I have a toshiba A215-s4747, doesn't boot all the time. I need to turn on and shut it down holding pressed the power button few times. Usually I need 3-5 attempts to start it.
When I press power, I can hear fans, some leds but the screen is blank and that's all.
I have windows vista, and my comp. worked fine for 3 years.
Please, help me.

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Run diagnostics on the system. It sounds like some component(s) is starting to fail. Since it is likely out of warranty, you may be on the hook for repair/replacement.

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what kind of diagnostics? I verified the HDD, a friend checked, cleaned it inside...so on.

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You might be able to find some diagnostics software on the manufacturer's web site that can determine if there are component-level problems. The problem probably isn't the hdd, but may be some other IC on the motherboard, or other peripheral chip.

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Seems like a display problem at first but could be a faulty motherboard too. Maybe some parts are loosen have, try tightening all the parts. Loose parts can cause problems like this. Check it and post back.

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I checked, everything seems to be OK. I tried to turn it on, this times took me three times to power and forced shut down. Any other ideas? I would apreciate anything...
Thanks.

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You might be able to find some diagnostics software on the manufacturer's web site that can determine if there are component-level problems. The problem probably isn't the hdd, but may be some other IC on the motherboard, or other peripheral chip.

I checked with the programs from Toshiba, everything is OK. Seems that the laptop doesnt boot, only after 3-5 times power on and forced turn off. After that works fine.
Thanks.

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Some news: when I power on the laptop, if it wont go, the logo from the front side and the optical mouse have no any lights on. If he starts normally(from time to time), I can see it because the mouse gets power and the light turn on. As I said the fans works, but nothing on the screen, like it stops somewhere on the way.
Thank you, to anyone, and I wait any sugestion.

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Mouse no light means there is no power. Did you hear any fan sound when the laptop started. If there is none, might be a power failure. Can boot in safe mode and can you access the bios?

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Mouse no light means there is no power. Did you hear any fan sound when the laptop started. If there is none, might be a power failure. Can boot in safe mode and can you access the bios?

Yes, I can hear the fan sound. I cant boot in safe mode or access the bios because it doesnt start the bios. When the bios starts the laptop works fine.

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what do you mean? Change the battery? The charger looks to be OK. As I said sometimes starts normal, sometimes no.

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It sounds like some component(s) is starting to fail. Since it is likely out of warranty, you may be on the hook for repair/replacement.

I agree with this.

If it was my own, I would probably try to reflow the motherboard, as a last resort. But that is a lot more than I would recommend unless you are a professional pc repair tech, who have experience with that kind of work. ;)

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Reflow the motherboard? What does this mean? Im not a computer specialist. Other ideas?
I would appreciate any idea...

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What I was trying to suggest, was to find a computer repair shop, and ask for a price on a repair (new/another used motherboard), and compare it with the price on a new laptop. And then decide what is the best offer of the two.

Your motherboard is defective, but since the pc is about 3 yr's old, you might be better of buying a new laptop - considering what a repair might cost.

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Can be a motherboard problem too. If you have a spare computer you would like to switch the motherboard to see whether it works. If it works, you might consider buying a new motherboard or a whole new laptop. I agree with the Jakob and Rubberman above.

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