VEGAS BABY VEGAS
If you traveled much you know traveling is stressful both for you and for your laptop. What if computer stops working suddenly? Read the whole story with the happy ending below...
If you traveled much you know traveling is stressful both for you and for your laptop. I was just waiting on my plane at the Las Vegas airport. I used the laptop on and off in Vegas. There are very few locations on the Strip with reasonably priced or free WiFi. More on that some other time. I was able to play around with the laptop sleep again and had problems booting the laptop with the DVD inserted. That's even though my DVD writer/player device is disabled. And the DVD lights keep coming up... Trying to boot from the disabled DVD? Oh well. Back to the main story...
CHECK DISK INTERRUPTED BY PLANE LEAVING VEGAS
I decided to do a "quick" check disk as I had over an hour left before the plane was leaving. As I mentioned I had some problems booting with a DVD inserted so I wanted to make sure the hard disk was in good shape. So I fire up the check disk to be scheduled on reboot. I reboot the laptop. Check disk starts and... takes forever. My group was called for boarding. How to interrupt checkdisk? I knew of no other way but to turn the laptop off, pack it and rush to the plane.
BACK IN LA - LAPTOP REFUSING TO BOOT
How would you feel if on boot, the hard drive light doesn't even come up and you end up with blank screen? At first I thought I crashed the hard disk when I pulled the plug on check disk. Hard disks are sensitive to this kind of abuse, right? At least when I still had the problem with laptop not booting from sleep mentioned earlier, the hard disk light came up. I'm talking about my Acer Aspire 5770z by the way. Now watch this.
WHAT I TRIED, UNSUCCESSFULLY
I tried a number of things. Tried resetting the computer by plugging out the battery and plugging out the power cord and pressing the on/off button for 60 seconds. 4o seconds is a long time. No help. I tried turning the laptop on and off numerous times, to no avail. So I just gave up, and went on to read a book I got in Vegas.
SURPRISE - A SIGN OF LIFE FROM THE LAPTOP
Imagine my surprise when, still reading the book, I suddenly heard the laptop's fan starting to blow. A sign of life! Just waiting patiently. Did the temperature rise? Oh well, I turned the laptop off, back on, and, voila, the hard disk came up and the vista booting proceeded. Not 100% though. But after a few attempts, the laptop came up completely and is now fully functional.
BOTTOM LINE - TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS AND ESPECIALLY THE NON-BOOTING VISTA
Don't give up on your laptop when it's not booting. It could be that the system needs a high temperature kick. Maybe the disk self-heals after starting. Who knows? But my solution for this case of laptop not booting was to wait with a laptop turned on. Maybe about 1/2 hour. Something like that.
DID THIS SOLVE YOUR PROBLEM?
What about you? Were you able to resolve your booting problem by just waiting for the system to heat up enough and start properly? I wonder how common this solution could be. Definitely better than sending the laptop for a repair. Out of warranty, I'm sure the cost would be at least a couple hundred and who knows, they may need to wipe out your disk with all your data and settings! What a prospect.
LEAVE ME A COMMENT, BUDDY
Regardless, let me know in a comment below what kind of a problem you had that brought you to read this page. And let me know if you were able to fix your problem with your laptop or not. Either way, ok!?