Laptop won't boot - how do i know which part is wrong

borgax

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Hello,
I have a ECS CN5560.
It was working fine and then decided not to boot properly anymore.
I can access set up menus.
How do i go about finding which part has gone wrong? I tried a diffrent hard drive which i know is good with the same things happening. The best i can get is the screen to decidehow to boot, but then it locks after initiating the boot.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
 

borgax

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Thanks for replying.
When i power on it flicks up the first screen for a second and i can see something that ends with S.M.A.R.T Capable but Disabled.
Then it beeps once and goes to the start up options screen but whichever i choose it locks up.

It has before gone to different screens where i have seen things such as FDC failure, and i know the CMOS battery is low but would that make much difference to starting?

The hard drive is detectable but i have to go into setup and tell it to auto detect it, but it does straight away and how big it is.

Very occasionally i will see the XP load screen but becoming rarer.

I hope all that makes sense! I'd hate to get rid of it if it is easily fixable.

Thanks.
 

hang-the-9

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See if you can find a BIOS update to the system you can load via a boot CD/floppy. I don't think the battery being low would be an issue, as long as the laptop is always plugged in, you will be fine.
 

borgax

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It is actually a ECS A928 not what i'd said before, i'm learning slowly!!

Thanks again for response.
 
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