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Old 01-02-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
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My laptop won't seem to bootup. Started yesterday afternoon with windows locking up then bluescreening. Rebooted and it would begin to load bios but then the screen would flash and it would begin to load bios again.

Shut it down for a few minutes, tried again and it let me in to startup options. I chose normal, booted and locked up. So I rebooted again, again allowed me to the startup options and I chose safe mode. Got in and messed around a bit. Rebooted to normal, locked up almost instantly in windows. Did this several times. I recall at least once while in windows it told me that my graphics had recovered from a serious error. Then it began not even getting to windows, just the bios loop.

Tried an old hard drive that I had, nothing. Just got caught in the bios loop.

Essentially it begins to boot shows the Gateway bios screen with the logo and down at the bottom it says f2 to enter bios setup or f12 to enter boot options, and next to that is a status bar. The status bar increases as normal (very quickly I only get like 2 seconds to choose). Then it just reboots and does this again.

Tried removing each ram chip and rebooting, same issue.

Tried two hard drives and no hard drive. Even with no hard drive, same issue.

Took laptop completely apart and made sure all connections were plugged in. Thinking it was possibly a heat issue, I took off the heatsink and applied new thermal compound. Also took apart fan and cleaned completely.

Tried removing the battery for bios for a minute or so.

Nothing has helped. The only thing I haven't tried is replacing the bios battery, I have a new one around somewhere, but I can't see that being the issue as technically all the battery should do is hold bios settings?
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:58 AM   #2
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I have tried f2 and f12. I do get a beep when I hold F2, but it still just reboots.
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