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my toshiba laptop didn't start.

by preppystud / April 8, 2007 8:34 AM PDT

when i tried to turn it on by pressing that start button, the start light stayed on for a few seconds, then it is off again. i tried several times. nothing happened.

so i opened the memory slot, and just switch the memory card to the other slot. then it seems to work again.

does anyone know what happened? bad connection of the memory card?

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That issue has been seen before.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2007 11:18 AM PDT

Laptops are usually transported from place to place. The travels take their toll along with time to cause various odd failures. I've seen sockets that we reflow the solder to reconnect the socket on few year old machines. It's very high tech repair and I don't suggest this to anyone that would ask "how do I fix that?" since that's a sign they are not ready to perform such a repair.

Bob

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i didn't move it.
by preppystud / April 8, 2007 11:28 AM PDT

well, i have been using this laptop at home for quite a while now. so i haven't really moved it that much.

everything is working perfectly now. i just wonder what happened to it early today?

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Contacts do corrode with time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2007 11:35 AM PDT
In reply to: i didn't move it.

These are not solid state things that just sit and work for years without maintenance. For example you read about the infamous Pentium 4 based laptops that have their own issues with heat, fans, vents, heatsinks, batteries and more. We can get them to 3+ years but have to do a little cleanup and maybe more from time to time.

Bob

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it is gonna die soon? ;)
by preppystud / April 8, 2007 11:42 AM PDT

so does that mean, my laptop is about to die forever?

like i wrote in my first reply, i hardly ever ever move this laptop at all.

should i start to backup the data, etc for a near future forever death?

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3 to some years.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2007 12:04 PM PDT

Laptops do have finite lifespans. We can help them along with good yearly cleanings and keeping the moisture away as well as checking for failed fans, etc. But eventually something happens.

Bob

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I forgot to write about...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2007 12:06 PM PDT
In reply to: 3 to some years.

Contact corrosion. What you suspect is true. Just sitting there the contacts can corrode. And as you may suspect, any contact may need an occasional scrub to break through the oxidation and return the connection. Just sitting there is just as bad as too much movement.

Bob

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