Getting around notebook troubles
Question : The screen on my notebook computer went
black, and I can't get it back on. What could be the problem?
Answer : This could point to some serious issue with the
notebook. Before you panic, though, do what a service technician would tell
you to do.
First, shut down the computer and let it sit for thirty seconds or so. Turn it
back on, and see if the problem is resolved.
Make sure that your notebook is not "docked" in a docking station, and be sure
that you haven't accidentally activated the external video out mode and shut
off the machine's main display.
After that, if the display still isn't working, it may be time to call the
technical support number of your notebook manufacturer.
You'll probably be asked to run your machine through a "diagnostic mode." A
diagnostic mode will allow the computer to emit a series of sounds that will
tell you, or a service technician, whether a subsystem on the notebook has
On Dell notebooks, the diagnostic mode is entered by turning the machine off,
holding down the Fn key and the power button simultaneously, and then