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    Question Corrupt bios in laptop....?

    Hi guys and gals,

    I have been offered a laptop from one of the technicians at my work for £10.
    Only problem is it will not boot!
    Here's what it does:

    Turns on, goes to what looks like the post screen..... and then just sits there, it just wont boot.
    Trying to get into the BIOS does NOT work so I'm not sure if I can flash/reload windows etc...

    I've never had a laptop before and barely ever used one but I'm assuming they are pretty much the same as PCs but compact.

    So is this worth £10?

    I'm thinking: clear the CMOS and this thing may boot, or replace the HDD as this may be the problem??

    Surely if the post screen is showing up this means the BIOS is not corrupt?

    Eny advice would be great.

    Either way I can probably get my money back by selling it on ebay for spares/repairs...

    Thanks!


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    It may need a new CMOS battery - some laptops (IBM?) - wont do anything with a flat battery. If it is an ibm of the type I'm thinking of then the CMOS battery is easy to replace and cheaply and widely available.

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    yeah, I'm hoping it's somthing like that... if the BIOS was damaged you wouldn't see the POST screen would you?
    I dont remember the make but it was called a voyager (I think) is this a make of laptop....?
    I'm gonna get it anyway - has to be worth a shot for 10 bucks!

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    Worst case is Ebay... and chances are someone would offer more than £10 for it in the same belief... tbh, the hard drive and memory is probably worth more than that alone, no matter how old.

    Generally, no - a PC won't show the POST screen with a corrupt BIOS. Won't say that's the case for them all, but I'm yet to see otherwise.

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    To be honest, you're not really losing much if you pay £10 and then get a duff laptop. You never know, you may get one that needs a simple thing doing to it to get it to work. I know a person who bought a car for £26 with duff power steering - all that needed doing was reconnecting a cable.

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    It may simply be the LCD cable connecting the screen. You can test it with an external monitor and see if you get anything showing (you may need to use a key combination to get the external VGA output to switch on). Also check the memory (And reseat).

    Evesham make Voyager laptops.

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    thanks for replies, I have the laptop infront of me right now. I'm trying to reset the bios CMOS but up untlll now cant find a jumper or a battery to remove to clear the BIOS memory.
    The laptop is a Dell Latitude CPt.

    Any one got one? Know how to clear the CMOS?

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    hmmmm?

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