Hi, I have my Toshiba Satellite A30 now for more than one year. 8 months ago I upgraded it with a second 256mb RAM brick -non-Toshiba. Everything was working finte until last week. Now I have the following problem:
I switched it on - Blank/Black screen. Fan is running normal speed up to full speed. No HDD LED. There's this click that happens whenever it freezes (it comes from the area where the DVD-Drive is seated.). But this click was normal for every freeze I encountered so far. Power LED and Battery LED on. DVD-Drive reads inserted DVDs.
My search for a solution:
I talked to a friend and he figured it could be a RAM issue. I removed the non-Toshiba module. And yipeee, it booted. But windows was incredibly slow. To test if the non-Toshiba Ram brick is the problem I tried to boot only with this one installed. It worked. After a few times, it stopped working ?!? Ok, I thought, that's it, the RAM module is faulty.
I switched back to the Toshiba 256mb brick. It worked. I reinserted the other supposedly faulty brick (I didn't want to give up) and surprisingly it worked!!!
I switched the laptop off. after cooling down it didn't boot again. So in the end I found out that my laptop needs a "warm-up" phase with one Ram module. After that I can reinsert the 2nd one and it works without problems.
This cannot be the best solution. That's why I had a look at the Bios and disabled "silent boot" i.e. it shows me now the start sequence with the testing of the RAM etc. . Now sometimes without "warm-up" it does these diagnostics, but at the moment of initiation of windows it freezes i.e. black screen with frozen whit mouse arrow; and sometimes it does the diagnostics and then straight into blank screen.
Now I don't know if it is the 2nd RAM bar, the motherboard, BIOS, or the 2nd RAMslot which is faulty.
Does anyone have an idea what's going on? Can anyone help me?
That would be great. Cheers