Help! GT70 No Boot...

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  1. EchoWars

    EchoWars Notebook Guru

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    Had this GT70-2OC-065US for, what? 5 years now? Flawless operation, though I don't play many games on it these days. Three weeks ago, I pressed the power button, and it lights up, you can hear the CPU fan start to spin up, the HDD activity light flashes on, then off, and then the HDD light briefly flashes on again and you can hear a small relay (apparently located somewhere near the power button) click, and the power button light flashes off. In this time, nothing happens on the screen. No logo, no backlight, nada. Then the power light comes back on a second or two later, and the whole sequence repeats.

    First time this happened, it went through this cycle 4 or 5 times, and then the screen backlight comes on, screen shows Windows boot logo, and the machine boots up. Once booted, everything runs normal.Screen looks fine, HDD's pass diag, no issues.

    Thing is, as the days passed, it took longer and longer for it to eventually boot.10 minutes to get past the 'flashing power light' thing, then 20 minutes, then an hour... Occasionally in this time, it would go through the sequence 4 or 5 times and suddenly boot, but mostly it just took longer and longer. It's at the point now where I've left it on for hours and...no boot!

    You cannot access the BIOS while it's going through this.It apparently isn't far enough along in the boot process to allow it. There's a part of me that thinks the machine isn't seeing the screen, and so abandons the boot and starts over. Seems if there were some other issue, I'd see a problem once the system booted. Part of what makes me think a screen is that in a normal boot, right after the HDD activity light, the next thing that happens is that you see the screen backlights come on and then the Windows boot logo.

    Anyone see anything like this? I've cruised the forums and not seen anything... Surviving on this ancient HP laptop for now, and too broke to just start throwing parts at it (like a new screen, unless this whole thing seems to point this direction).

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. kill4l

    kill4l Notebook Guru

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    hi there, i think this is bios related issue, try doing the bios reset, hold down your power button for 30-60 sec and check if this will help, if the machine boots normally then you need to dig more to find out the root of this issue :) wish you good luck
     
  3. EchoWars

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    Is that how a BIOS reset is done? Never read that anywhere...
     
  4. kill4l

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    you need to shut down and keep holding your power button for 30-60 sec. and then release it and turn on back your laptop. this will clear the bios and restore your bios default settings. hopefully this will help :) good luck
     
  5. EchoWars

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    It didn't.

    There's a lot of hardware guys here...been reading threads here for years.None of ya'all have any thoughts?
     
  6. EchoWars

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    Can anyone at least tell me what motherboard this laptop uses?
     
  7. etcetera

    etcetera Notebook Evangelist

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    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks![/QUOTE]
    I've had an identical situation with my GT80 SLI.

    It had an identical trajectory until even waiting for days never resulted in a boot.

    Send it in, the repair costs about $200, it's the audio board that failed. Don't waste your time, there is no fix you can do.
    Why the MSI never programmed around it to boot even if it fails? It has junky hardware, expect it to fail.

    My solution is, I keep an identical GT80 in the standby mode in case the primary fails, I just swap in the SSDs and boot without any downtime.

    Described here.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...to-an-unbootable-laptop.832092/#post-11016921
     
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