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Blank screen lock-up when running cdrom game

Question: Blank screen lock-up when running cdrom game

This is my first time. I have searched the postings to find a similar problem/solution to no avail so here goes.
I recently upgraded my RAM from 32Mb EDO to 128Mb SDRAM, which was done successfully and picked up on the reboot.
Since then my son has been unable to play Need For Speed 111 Hot Pursuit. Similar cd rom games still work and there are no other system problems. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the game several times. It always gets to the menu from either auto run or the desk top shortcut. The other menu items are ok but when you hit the play button it immediately goes to a blank screen and locks the pc up without error messages. CTRL ALT DELETE doesn't work and I have to reboot. I have tried the game's tech help and at their suggestion upgraded DirectX from version 5 to 8a and checked some settings with no result obviously. I have also exchanged the 128Mb module with the retailer for another one in case there was a fault. I can't think of anything else. Any ideas would be appreciated.
System details.
Windows 95 v4
Cyrix 6x86MX P200 (166Mhz)
5Gb HDD (1.8Gb used)
128Mb RAM
S3 Trio 64v2 video card
Yamaha OPL3-SA sound card

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Answer:Blank Screen; Caps lock Blink Twice Every 2/3 Seconds with o...

Hello SuperMario1, Thanks for your response. The last thing i did, remove CMOS battery and after a few minutes i plugged it.Then connect AC power adapter and press power button.Laptop starts but gives a error message "The CMOS checksum is invalid, The BIOS will be reset to the default configuration and will be rebooted."Finally laptop start normally. It works fine ... But same problem when i restart"blank screen caps lock blink 2 times every 3/4 sec" So finally1. remove CMOS battery and after a few minutes i plugged it again2. connect AC power adapter and press power button3. laptops starts normally (with a error msg same as previous)4. Upgrade bios to F.29(previously i had F.24)5. Everythings works fine (restart/shutdown have no effect)   Nirupam Chandra Modak

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Answer:screen goes blank during game help!!

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Answer:screen goes blank during game

it may be your power supply causing the problem

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Answer:laptop blank screen, caps lock flashing, not starting

Hi,  Welcome to Support Forums, thank you or posting your concern and I'm sorry that you are having that issue, I would be able to help you in identifying the cause of the issue, I would need few infomration though. How many times is the caps lock flashing ? I mean (ok it may souind funny but please bare with me) - Blink - pause- Blink - pauseblink blink -pause- blink blink -pauseblink blink blink-pause-blink blink blink- pauseYou got what I mean right ? Please write me back this details and product number of your unit and operating system I would be happy to help. To find the model number here , check this - Although I work for HP but I'm speaking for myself. Please click ?Accept as Solution? if you feel my post solved your issue, it will help others find the solution. Click the ?Kudos Thumbs Up" on the left to say ?Thanks? for helping!RegardsAks3621

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Answer:Blank screen after starting a game

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I was searching the net and got the answer.
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> Today, even when it wasn't plugged in after about 20 minutes the screen began flickering and then went blank again

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Answer:Got Blue Screen of Death after trying running a 3D game

Worth A Look.Louis

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Answer:Blank Screen, no sound... Computer still running!

Just found you message - did you solve? I'm suffering the same problem since moths and I'm not able to find out the cause.
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Hi buddy,

maybe you should remove all toshiba stuff and reinstall the latest version of the software. Better would be to backup all your data to some media (DVD, USB-HDD) and to recover your machine.
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I have a Toshiba Satellite P745. When I close the lid the fan stays on and so does the light for the power button, then when I open the lid the screen stays blank and the computer doesn't start. I have to then manually power it down and it then works fine. Some other information when the laptop first starts it asks me if i want to use windows 7 or perform a system restore, then the screen that tells you your computer didn't shut down right (the screen that gives you the option to run in safe mode) and then it starts fine. It also once in awhile makes a weird clicking noise in the bottom right corner. I have tried taking out the battery and that didn't work.
Thanks for the help


Answer:fan running with lid closed, but blank screen when lid opened

Some advanced power setting changes are possibly needed.

A "clicking noise" is usually not a good sign and may indicate the hard drive is dying.


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Will not boot and blank screen.  Only Fan is running.  Blank screen Any ideas?


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Answer:T43 Will not boot. Only Fan is running. Blank screen Any ideas?

if you connect an external screen does anything appears?this is most likely a GPU failure.

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Aspire E1-572 has blank screen. Running Windows 7. Acer logo comes up but then all blank. Checked battery is OK. Can get to System menus by tapping F2 or F12 or F8 but screen is still blank. Please help!

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Hi, I have an Edge 11 that is about 4.5 years old. Since yesterday, it won't boot anymore. When starting the machine, the red light turns on, the fan spins up (after a second or two, it briefly spins down and then spins up again) and the screen remains blank. I attached an external monitor, but that one stayed in its sleep mode, so there's probably no signal on the port. Anything I can try before spending money on a new laptop? Best,Koen 

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I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1, but it reset my custom lock screen image.  I tried re-applying it but the lock
screen preview in the settings is stuck on a load loop.  Does anyone know why that is and why it won't set my custom image as the new lock screen image?
i can't find the  C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Systemdata, folder,
in my laptop
how to get default lock screen images in 8.1? plz help me..

Answer:Lock Screen Custom Image Stuck on Load for Windows 8.1, (Can't see the default lock screen images)

Please take a look at this link and it should solve your problem.

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Hi, I had gone through Deckard Scan process and then installed SDFix and booted in safe mode and since then I have got a blank screen. I tried to go through safe mode so that I can undo my previous actions but safe mode is also showing blank screen.

I am thinking of installing windows xp again or rebooting through windows 98 dos prompt so that i can move my c drive files to d drive before formating the c drive.

Please help so that i can avoid format.

Answer:Help - Running Computer with Blank Screen[moved from hijack log]

do a repair install
boot from the xp cd and choose install
ignore the first repair option and continue with install
when windows finds the previous installation
then do the repair
then recheck for infections

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Help! Screen goes blank when running on battery. I have Toshiba Equium A200 1HS PSAE2E, BIOS is upgraded (1.80), so is the Intel screen drivers (at least Windows (Windows Vista SP 2, 32-bit, Home Premium) says so).

This happens when running on battery only. It can happen any time (including when I am using the computer), screen is set to turn off after 5 minutes, so it is not that. The backlight is still on, but screen is blank (usually black (or dark grey?), but other colours also happens some times). It appears the computer is still running. To fix it, I put the lid down and let it go to sleep mode (not hibernate) and open again and it works.

While running on battery, the screen also flickers (with lines?) every few minutes or so, when the screen is "working" (this does not happen when screen goes blank, I think)

How do I fix it?

Answer:Equium A200-1HS - Blank screen when running on battery


Just one question: Did you notice the same problem on an external monitor?
Can you check this please?

It?s really hard to say what the reason is for this but with an external monitor you can determine if it?s a problem of the mainboard (graphic card) or internal display.

I?m not sure but for me it sounds like an internal display issue?

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pIII 333, 256MB, 6GB HDD, XP home sp2 all updates--call it computer A

Daughter said it "didn't turn on right" the last time she booted it. Said she had to "keep restarting it". Now it's doesn't appear to boot at all.

Nothing appears on the screen. It doesn't sound like the hdd is running after it's initial spin-up. The power light comes on. I tried hooking a regular moniter to it, and it too was blank.

I put another (working) hdd out of computer B into computer A, and got the same results--nothing on the screen, and it doesn't sound like the hdd is running properly.

I put the original hdd out of computer A into computer B, and it came up far enough to show the first starting screen where it finds the ram, display, bios and everything, then it stops. I get a message that it can't restart from where it is, with the choices of either trying to restart again, or delete restoration data and restart again. I'm not sure what it means to delete restoration dats, so I haven't tried that one. I did try the other one, and just ended up at the same place all over again.

So, does anyone have any idea just what I'm looking at here? Bad power supply? Bad video card? Laptop as doorstop?

Any insight would be appreciated.

Answer:screen blank on start up hdd doesn't sound like is running

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Question: CDROM GAME

Is it ok to leave a cdrom game in the cdrom of my computer all the time? I play scrabble and mostly just leave it in my cdrom of my computer, and hardly ever take it out, would this cause any problems? I have a laptop toshiba with windows me that my daughter just bought me about 2 weeks ago and I dont want to do any damage to it. Thx.


don't know why not, I left my quake3 cd in for 6 months or longer, no problem

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**Requesting moderator to move to PC gaming forum if possible! Thank you.**

Good evening TechSupport members,
Long time reader, first time posting! I am experiencing difficulties running an old DirectX6 16bit game of mine in Windows XP Pro (SP3 - fully updated). Amusingly, the game is called 'Space Bunnies Must Die!' (don't ask...)

The issue I'm having is when the game loads in, I'm able to see the HUD and what not, however - the 3D game itself is full of artifacts, strange colors, stretching polygons and to top it off - the screen flickers very rapidly. After doing a bit of research, I've come to the conclusion that it must be a videocard related issue as turning off 3D Hardware in the games options (usually) allows me to play the game fine, albeit in software mode and as a result, looks bad.

I have tried a bunch of things. Disabling and unplugging my secondary monitor, trying compatability modes from Windows 95 to Windows 2000, forcing Vsync off/on, reinstalled DirectX off the games disk, changing resolutions, setting my desktop to 16Bit color, booting XP with 1 core, disabling visual themes, forcing 640x480 and probably more that I can't think of at the moment. The game is just being very stubborn and refuses to play with hardware acceleration. I'm able to run DirectX7 and later games with no issue whatsoever.

My hardware is as follows:
Intel i5 750 CPU
nVidia GeForce GTX 570
Windows XP Professional

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Answer:[SOLVED] Screen flickering while running DirectX6 16bit Game

Moved thread to PC Gaming forum for better results.

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how to disable Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock screen messages?

I have desktop pc with two keyboards usb and bluetooth. Also TOSHIBA Bluetooth Stack software, but in device manager: keyboard > hid keyboard device both using microsoft drivers. And I dont have any software installed for keyboards. Also bluetooth has separate system tray indications (it is also disabled) so its not that. I made some googling and found other fix it with Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Widcomm\BTConfig\General KeyIndication set to 0, but I dont have it in registry. Acualy I dont have anywhere in registry KeyIndication. So any ideas how to disable it? Thanks

Answer:Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock screen messages


You'll find that the messages are controlled by a piece of software that came pre-installed on your machine when you bought it. Try looking for a Hotkey managing app to see if the notifications can be disabled.


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T43 ? Model 1871-FU1: Will not boot with blank screen.  Only Fan is running.  Any ideas?


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Answer:T43 – Model 1871-FU1: Will not boot with blank screen. Only Fan is running. Any ideas?

Hello mate, Remove the RAM and boot your pc without it. If there's no beep when it starts, your motherboard is dead, otherwise keep us posted.

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Hi, I am seeing a strange problem with my T60 (195144U0 running windows XP SP2. When I put the notebook into standby, then resume it on battery, the display disappears after a few minutes. The screen is either completely dark, or blank with some backlight visible. The disk/power/battery indicators are working and I am able to 'blindly' reboot it it put it into standby again. in either case, once restarted, display returns to normal. If I put it into standby, the same symptom occurs after resuming. Strangely enough, this only happens after a standby. It operates normally on battery if I never put it in standby after booting up. This is pretty annoying since I put the notebook into standby at the end of the day and resume back in my hotel room so I don't have to wait for the reboot. Any help would be appreciated.

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While using the T61 under battery power the screen went blank and the power on and battery lights went out. No response to any key or mouse clicks. Would not power back on.Removed battery and waited several minutes. Reinserted battery (fully charged) into base and tried powering on again. Power and battery light both went on for about 1/2 second then the PC was again DOA. Also tried another good battery and AC power with battery but same results. What gives. System has 2.2 dual core processor and 3 gigs of ram. Where do I go from here.

Answer:T61 died when running; screen went blank and power on and battery lights went out

you can try take out the battery & plug then pressing the power botton 10 times then plug the ac in no batt. see if it will power on. does this have the Nvidia GPU?

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Hello Guys,

I am having a few problems with the Samsung Magician program since replacing my video card and just wondered if any one else has had these problems.

Firstly if the Samsung Magician SSD program is running in the system try and I start Steam then Bioshock Infinite the game will open for about 0.5-1 second then minimise itself to the task bar, if I click it in the taskbar it will go full screen for about 0.5-1 second again then minimise itself straight away and so on. If I shut down the Magician program I can maximise the window full screen and it will play Bioshock normal.
Also another problem has developed since I have fitted a new video card and I'm not sure if the problem is the video card or the Samsung Magician software, When I open the Magician program my monitor screen will go blank for about 1-2 seconds then return to the normal desktop, this will also happen when the ?refresh drive information? button is pressed at the bottom of the Magician window. The blank flash will also occasionally happen when I play a small video recorded from my camera or phone. I don't get any problems when playing Bioshock or Metro Last light with the settings set high so I don't think it is a hardware problem with the video card or PSU.

I didn't have any of these issues with my old video card (Gigabyte 9800GTX (GV-NX98X512H-B)512 MB)

I am running Windows 8 Pro 64 bit with all updates applied, my video card is a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI OC running ... Read more

Answer:Blank flashing screen and problem running Bioshock/Magicia

Just an update guys the game minimising to the system tray also happens with Metro: Last Light game as well!

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Hello all, got a new video card and some game cd's came with it. I put the game cd in cdrom but it doesn't read the error messages, nothing, blank screen. I check the cd properties and it says it's a full cd. I played other cd's in the device, music, data, all play fine. Google search sent me to microsoft page (;EN-US;Q321640& ) saying something about XP not reading cd's made with UDF formats?...being computer impaired as I am it was greek to me. Why would a game outfit (Ubisoft in this case) send a cd that wouldn't play in XP? How can I check to see if this disk is UDF formatted? Now I'm afraid to buy any retail game cd as it may not play. Any information appreciated...

Thanks for reading my thread!
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.1GHz
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Video Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT

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Here is my problem with my A200-1AE (PSAECE) Notebook:
I downloaded the latest BIOS update from the Toshiba download drivers library to install Win XP since finally the drivers are realized. (Note the update clearly stated to run ONLY if you want to install XP on you NB).

So I unzipped the file and after hitting the .exe file it started updating the BIOS on its own without me giving the liberty to do so. Half way the N/B froze for about 20 minutes and as I didn?t know what else to do so I reset it.

Result? The NB does NOT boot. I press the power button, the Hard Drive icon flashes 2-3 times as well as the DVD drive, I get a blank screen and the power cord & power button icons constantly on. I removed the battery and the power cord for 48 hours hoping it will reset the BIOS on its own to no avail.

The BIOS battery is under the touchpad which means I have to disassemble the whole laptop and I am not ready to do so. I don?t know if on the motherboard there are BIOS reset jumpers and I need someone?s help as to what I should do. I am starting to think that things where MUCH easier back to when I just had a desktop PC.

THERE must be something I can do other that taking it to the service center and pay half the value of the laptop in repairs.... PLS HELP I?m desperate....

Answer:Blank screen & no booting after running BIOS update on Satellite A200-1AE

Hi there,

first of all: a notebook is not a desktop and such mobile computer does not have jumpers like a deskop computer. They surely have something to delete the BIOS but I am not so sure IF resetting the BIOS could help you.

I guess you will have to send your machine to a service center for repair because in such cases you will have no other option. Do you have still warranty on this machine?


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Hello to all once again,
I can't believe I'm going to try to tackle this after the computer problems I've had over the past two weeks, but I have time, so I'm going to!
I have a few Dell Inspiron 1150 laptops laying around the house here that I've acquired from different sources, and I'm trying to fix each of them. I have some that had a bad DC power jack, and I replaced the motherboard in one and it now works perfectly. One that I am currently working on powers up, the fans are running, and the hard drive sounds like it's booting up, but there is nothing on the screen....doesn't even blink! I thought perhaps it was a bad inverter, but like I said, I have a laptop that is in perfect working order, so I used that screen to plug into this laptop, and still nothing! I also tried to use an external monitor....same result. I can't figure it out. Do you think it is a bad motherboard or video chip? It really sounds exactly like the other ones that are booting up, but no picture whatsoever! Any suggestions?


P.S. I already went through the Dell support knowledge's like trying to get somewhere with GPS, and it keeps leading you to closed or dead end streets! No luck there.

Answer:Blank screen on running, hard drive working.

Replace the memory and see what happens?

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Just installed Windows 7 on my other hard drive and after it installs, i get the boot screen with the glowing lights then the screen that says starting up services and after all of that i get a black screen with a thin line about a centimeter thick on first time boot up after install, i can start it in safe mode but it says that the installation process cannot be completed in safe mode, i didn't have any problems like this with the earlier build till i updated and restarted, any solutions, I've searched everywhere and haven't found anything

Answer:Blank Screen with line running from upper left to right corners after install

Hi, MarsVoltron, and welcome to the forums.

Have you tried wiping that install out and starting over?

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Just to warn you I am a computer beginner lol so go easy on me please. I purchased a cd-rom chocolatier from playfirst. I loaded it as normal and the wizard thing came up and as it loads a little box pops up that says verifying cd overtop the other screen that says it is copying the files. The cd drive stops going eventually and nothing happens and there is nothing else I can do. There is nothing else for me to push or anything and the cd is in perfect condition. Thanks for your help

Answer:game cdrom wont load

Try right-clicking the CD-drive in My Computer, choose Open, copy the contents of the cd to some folder somewhere, and then run the Autorun.exe, setup.exe or Wizard.exe or anything like that from that folder..

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I want to put all my CDRoms in a computer I have thats just sitting there as a print and file server right now, dont even need a monitor for it technically but sometimes friends use it for internet when here.

I want to just use all the cdroms in the server and be able to play a game thats in the cdrom on the server on one of the other computers in the house,
i know theres something called like virtual drive but I know i could set this up within windows.

it asks for to insert cdrom after i run any game from the cdrom on the server and i tried to change target paths to make it work and nothing i tried seemed to work, someone please help me with how to make this work please thanks for your time.

Answer:How do I use CDROM from Server to play the game on my PC?

I'm not aware that any solution exists for this except a no cd-type hack, which is probably not an allowed topic on this forum

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i recently got a new game for my laptop but every time i put the cd in its sounds like my cd rom is starting and then stopping, when i go into my computer its doesnt show that i have a cd in, this is killing me :( can anyone help

Answer:CDROM wont read my game

Does it work with other CDs? DVDs? Is it equipped for DVD as most new games are on DVD - not CD. At worst, a new DVD read/writer will only cost you £20 or so.

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My son and I have the same laptop; this is info for mine. So, except for the difference in Hard Drive remaining space..?

I bought, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Sports Edition Cd-rom for him; it downloads but won't play. I tried compatibility mode but didn't seem to help. Is there anything I can do so he can play the CD..? I don't know a whole lot about computers but can follow instructions fairly well, (if clear).

Thank you in advance to all who may be able to help...

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8, 64 bit
Processor: AMD E-300 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 20 Model 2 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3682 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 281973 MB, Free - 244778 MB; D: Total - 22481 MB, Free - 2280 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 188B
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Answer:CDrom Game - 95/95/Me - Can I Get It To Work in Windows 8..?

1. Welcome to Tech Support Guy

2. You are best waiting on this issue until you have the problem on your other topic sorted.

3. That game unless you know differently was introduced in November 2000.
It is highly unlikely you will successfully run it on Windows 8.
According to reports it would not run on Windows 7.
In all honesty as a sale item NOW the game is dead it can be bought for less than 1$
If it will not run in compatibility mode from the CD, there is a slight chance that if you copy the CD contents to a folder in your program files and then in the folder

Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Search.)
Enter the name of the program in the search box, press and hold (or right-click) the search result, and then tap or click Open file location.
Press and hold (or right-click) the program icon, tap or click Properties, and then tap or click the Compatibility tab.
Select one or more of the settings (see the table below for more info).
If you want to apply the settings for that program to all accounts on the PC, tap or click Change settings for all users. You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice
SO opening the folder after copying from the CD the files right click the setup or run icon for the program and follow as above
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I am new to this forum and am posting this because I have simply run out of ideas myself. I have an almost new (4 months old) Samsung 7 Chronos laptop (NP700Z5C) running Fedora 17. This friday, I decided to take a look at the new Kubuntu release and burned a live cd that I booted from without any problems. I did not install anything, I only ran Kubuntu from the CD. The next day, however, I could not get my laptop to boot again, neither from the hard drive nor from the CD. It seems to start and run just fine - the blue light indicating that it is on is glowing - but the screen is black and the keyboard seems dead. The cd spins as the laptop is turned on.

I have tried multiple things. I have held f2 during startup to try and get to bios, but this has no effect, probably because the keyboard is dead. I have also tried connecting an external keyboard and done the same thing without an effect. I have tried connecting the laptop to an external monitor using hdmi (it does not have vga or dvi), also without results. In addition, the cd is stuck inside, as the eject button is on the keyboard. The last thing I tried last night was resetting the EC (embedded controller) by clicking the reset button that is hidden in a small hole underneath the laptop using a paperclip. This did reset the EC, because I had to wait a few minutes and replug the AC cord before being able to start the computer again. This did not have any effect however, and the problem persists.

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Answer:Samsung 7 Chronos running Linux - Blank screen and keyboard nor working on boot

The only thing I can think of is to remove any other devices that may be plugged in like flash drives or DVDs (but yours is stuck which may be the issue.). Does your computer have a caps lock light? If it does, when it is turned on, see if it blinks on and off when you are pressing the caps key, that will tell you if your motherboard is receiving input or not, which would narrow the list of potential problems.

Other than that, try to power cycle it by removing the battery and AC Adapter and pressing the power button a bunch of times to remove any excess charge. Then wait a minute and put the battery and ac adapter back in, turn it on and see if it boots.

Then after that, I would try removing the RAM and then turning it on to see if the computer gives you any POST beeps.

Try some of those steps and see if any of it helps us solve the issue.

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As the Game Forum has gone I have to post this question here.Today my Bro purchased this above named game and didn't check System Requirements. The O/s on his new computer is WinXP Home and spec required on side of box only goes upto Win2000 Pro.Does anyone know if this game will run with WinXP O/s please, as he has already opened box voiding warranty.I will see if I can get any info from MS Cat site.

Answer:Age of Empires Collectors Edition - PC CDROM Game

I have just installed AoE Gold edition in the interests of finding out - and it works on xp without a hitch. In any case if the warranty is void due to opening the box your brother may as well try anyway.

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I am thinking of buying this game but a friend mentioned they had problems and know of problems running this Sims 2 CDROM Game on XP with SP2 and especially using Nero as the CD Wrtr software.Can anyone tell me which if any version of Nero has been updated to fix the known bug so Sims 2 will work. Something to do with Virtual Drive ?Kids giving me grief.

Answer:Sims 2 PC CDROM Game & Nero Compatiblity ?

Sims 2 Blocked by CD Copying / Emulation Software. You gotta love EA! The company says The Sims 2 will refuse to run if you have Nero, CloneCD or Roxio's EasyCD installed on the same PC.They offer a patch to bypass this (how gracious of them), but that really doesn't help their rep any...If you have clone cd you need to untick the Hide CDR media and it should work.If you have nero 6 and have installed the image drive which is a virtual drive you need to disable that. You will know if you have the virtual drive as there will be other letters besides the removable drives you have.Nero 6 will not automatically install the image drive you need to do this manually.If you want to disable it you can do so by Go to ´Start --> All Programs --> Nero --> Nero 6 --> Nero ImageDrive´ and when the Nero ImageDrive utility launches select 'Disable Nero ImageDrive' from the bottom left of the window.

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Okay, same as the heading, but it reads music on CD's fine.

Drive:_NEC DVD+-RW ND-6650A

Answer:Same problem two issues? CDROM won't detect blank CDs, also won't read DVDs.

Try using an optical drive cleaner, you can purchase one at your local electronics store

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Hi I am using Vista Home Premium 32bit.

I have two drives, 1 is a dvd rom, the other is a cd rom, the dvd says that ANYthing that I put in must be formated (dvd, game, drivers... you name it), the cdrom says nothing when I put a disk in.

what can I do to fix this?

Answer:Reformated my hard drive, the computer will not load game disks, in cdrom.

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When i try to wake my phone up, it shows "resuming" for two or three seconds and then displays the lock screen. Is anyone else facing this issue ? Is there any solution to this problem ?

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id like to know if I can create a lock screen when my computer boots up to completely lock it from a very advanced user? Or any other ideas would be great. I'd like to know when im not home my computer is completely locked from my very spying boyfriend! I live alone, but sometimes he's here while im working. Im using windows 7 home premium. Thanks ahead of time for any ideas

Answer:would know if ican setup a lock screen wheny computer boots up to completly lock it .

Re: would know if ican setup a lock screen wheny computer boots up to completly lock

Don't log in :-D

Use a very difficult password. We have plenty of password generators on majorgeeks.
Enable the system admin account and password protect it.
Those two are probably enough. How advanced is he?

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My friends dv7-1135nr is not posting. The num lock and caps lock led light will flash once every 2 seconds at the same time. According to HP this issue is a " not functional" cpu. I am ordering another cpu for 16.00 off ebay because this is cheaper opposed to ordering another board. Anyone else have this issue? And if so did you fix it ?

Answer:dv7-1135nr black screen caps lock/num lock flashing

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Hi, new to these forums, hope I don't break any rules or anything here.

My laptop is a
Sony Vaio - Model: SVE141R11L
Product name: SVE14135CXB
Pre-loaded with Windows 8 x64
Intel(R) Core i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz
6GB RAM w/ 900GB HDD space
Purchased in Navy Exchange last year (around July 2013)

I have dropped it once or twice from at most a 3ft fall inside a padded case. I mostly use my computer for school work, some gaming, extensive video/photo editing, internet browsing. I've installed some debatable programs but have been installed long ago. Most of my programs included Microsoft Office, Adobe suite, Steam, iTunes, uTorrent, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, Winrar, VLC, etc. But are now gone due to the refresh I had just done last week for prior problems, but still experience problems.

I recently been having issues with my computer where it just won't respond at all. Like today, I had it working for a few hours, but then went out and left my laptop on the lock screen, and came back to it being completely stuck. Completely stuck as in, no keys or clicks would unlock the screen to the login prompt. However, my cursor was fully able to move around the screen, and my caps/num lock buttons work as they display the lights enabling/disabling them. The time when it was stuck was 8:03pm, but the clock was stuck on 7:55. But on the bottom of the front of the laptop, the HDD orange light is not lit up at all, which I believe suggest that the HDD is not reading/properly reading. Oddly e... Read more

Answer:Windows 8 Lock Screen Stuck, Cursor/num/cap lock work

Sounds like one too many drops killed the computer. You may get lucky and find a local mom & pop shop that will fix it cheaper then Sony.

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Well, I have no idea what caused this but the tablet buttons (even the on/off button) the lights for caps lock and scroll lock as well as the automatic screen orientation change when I flip it to be a tablet have stopped working.Also the screen does not turn off anymore when the lid is closed. Reinstalled pretty much all of the drivers, no effect.Any ideas? Is this thing already broken?

Answer:X41 tablet buttons + scroll lock and caps lock lights + screen orientation change stopped working!

well, SOMETHING is broken.. though it would seen unlikely it is hardware.. a question: did you load anything new just before this happened..?anything at all..scanner drivers or printer drivers or a new application..? OH!, welcome to the lenovo community..! 

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Can anyone tell me how to eliminate the lock screen preview and bypass the 'Sign In' button on the lock screen?

I often put my computer to sleep then to bring it back (in Windows 7) I would simply hit the space bar and turn on my mouse and it would go straight to my desktop. Now, I hit the space bar turn on my mouse, and it takes me to the lock screen preview then I hit the space bar and it takes me to a lock screen where I have to click 'Sign In' even though I have no password set.

I'm guessing I'll no longer be able to hit the spacebar, turn on my mouse and go directly to the desktop but if I can hit the spacebar, turn on the mouse, then hit the space bar one last time, that would be satisfactory.

Answer:Lock Screen Preview and Lock Screen nuisance

Turns out, the instructions I found to not require a password at the sign in screen did the trick for me.

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I've tried searching through the forum but can't see anyone who has a similar issue.

I can access the lock screen settings and I can see all available apps and have set a detailed status app and a couple of less detailed ones. However, when I actually get to the lock screen after having set the apps to appear, there is nothing but the time and date and WiFi in bottom-right corner.

Could this be because I am logging in locally rather than using a MS account?

Answer:Lock screen apps not showing up on lock screen

I'm having exactly the same issue, and I log in using a Microsoft account.


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Lenovo Y720 So, when I hit caps ock or num lock an on screen display tells me whether capslock or num ock has been pushed. While I appreciate it is helpful for some, in my case it become a hinderance. You need to remove "num lock" for single key print screen request, and if I have a short time frame, I am stuck without being able to screenshot until the num lock indicator goes away.  How do I turn off the on screen display.  Now, before you send me to the previously asked questions of similar nature, I have tried. There is no "display settings" in Control Panel. There is no "advanced display settings" on the settings panel. And there is no way to control it through NVIDIA or Intel graphics settings (that I can see).  Thanks kindly. 

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Hi. I recently bought a new R5-417T laptop, and in the process of personalisation found no intuitive way to disable the caps-lock or num-lock notifications. (Windows 10 btw)  ^Notification in question^ How would I go about disabling this? I've tried looking in the BIOS, in regedit and some mythical "Launch Manager" program bundled with older acer laptops that I can't find a working version for.

Answer:How to DISABLE Caps-lock and Num-lock screen notif...

Caps lock is thr Caps lock key.For Num lock try Fn and F11.

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ANyone have aclue how to get these working again  i did a clean install of windows and for the life of me can't get these to work I've installed all drivers from the drivers page with no luck

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Good afternoon,

I just did a clean install of 7 to fix errors with my laptop, and it fixed one, but not the other main issues,
My caps lock, and number lock button on the keyboard don't have a light on it and the pop up that is supposed to pop up doesn't show up on screen.
I figured by doing a clean install it would all magically appear again... I was wrong, I have tweaked everything I could think of looking/trying to change setting from the keyboard in control panel, (including messing around with ease of use) and Gateways so called "support" area was of no help, as well as googling the issue has led me down a path of useless tips, I have also looked on this forum for help.

Any help in this area would be GREATLY appreciated!!

Answer:Caps Lock/Num Lock, on screen pop up gone Gateway NV77

Ok, I have a problem I have set up the sound, and it does not play a sound.

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T470 20HE model Windows 10 64-bitFn key actions are displayed with on-screen icons/symbols (Volume/Mute, Mic, Display brightness), however when I select Caps lock or Num lock, there is no on-screen display.I re-installed the latest Lenovo Power Management Driver and Hotkey Features Integration for Windows 10 but no success.When I open the Display Settings >> Display adapter properties >> Screen configurations, the section "Indicator settings for Numlock and Capslock" is missing.Here are the Lenovo instructions: See attached file for comparison of the Screen configurations settings and my actual settings. Interestingly, in the Lenovo Hotkey Features Integration for Windows 10 (64-bit) - Laptop 9.0.07 (current version) Readme.txt, ( ) there is a reference to a fix in the as follows:<>
- (FIX) Fixed CapsLock and NumLock OSD issue that the screen configuration
setting function in display adaptor properties control panel may not
work. Please advise if there is another fix to show the Capslock and Numlock on the display. 

OSD comparison.pdf ?138 KB

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I have a Acer Aspire 7750G-9411 laptop. I recently had to reload my operating system. since then the "on-screen " icon for the cap's lock and number's lock does not show up. I made sure to download and install all of the drivers but have been able to restore this one frature. Thanks for any help you can give me. Cliff

Answer:on-screen icon for Caps lock / number's lock is mi...

If you are using Windows 8, then it is important to note that the on-screen indicators for Num Lock and Caps Lock are not available in Windows 8. To know more about this, you can refer to the link below: If you are using Windows 7, you can check if following the steps below helps:1. Click on "Start".2. Type keyboard in the "Search" field.3. Double-click "Keyboard options".4. Go to "Key settings" tab and then, go to "Key settings" list.5. Locate and double-click "Caps Lock" and select the option "Display Caps Lock status on screen". Click "Finish".6. Follow Step 5 for Nums Lock as well. Hope this will resolve your issue.

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Hi. I recently bought a new R5-417T laptop, and in the process of personalisation found no intuitive way to disable the caps-lock or num-lock notifications. (Windows 10 btw)  ^Notification in question^ How would I go about disabling this? I've tried looking in the BIOS, in regedit and some mythical "Launch Manager" program bundled with older acer laptops that I can't find a working version for.

Answer:How to DISABLE Caps-lock and Num-lock screen notif...

Caps lock is thr Caps lock key.For Num lock try Fn and F11.

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I have an old proprietary Goldstar/Reveal GCD-r420b cd-rom with the interface card that I would like to get running under windows 2000, I will only occasionally use the cd-rom drive (at most) and would like to use these old units I have laying around. The HP Vectra VL5 system I am trying to upgrade had Windows 98 with this drive running OK.

Do you guys know of any Windows NT drivers for this type of cd-rom? (dont even need to be 2k) Is this cd-rom similar to anything else such as Panasonic, Sony, or Mitsumi? I know there are NT drivers for all three above.

Any ideas?


Answer:Getting proprietary Reveal GCD-r420b cdrom running in Windows 2k

Based on the research I did, you are out of luck, from the LG Electronics driver page,

Q. What driver should I use in Windows® NT to get my drive to work?

A. The GCD-R320B, GCD-R400B, and GCD-R420B are unsupported in Windows® NT.

All other drives (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW) are supported as a CD-ROM using the dual PCI IDE CD-ROM ATAPI 1.2 driver listed in the SCSI adapters section of NT. Add this driver and the drive should work. If the driver is already listed, unload it and then reload it again.

Please note that the writing software (for CD-RWs) and/or the Power DVD Software (for DVD-ROMs) are what allows the other functions of the drives (CD-RW & DVD-ROM).

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Question: 2nd Game Lock Ups

Hey, really not sure where to put this but this has been bugging me for a while now and I should really see if I can get some help to fix it. Quite awkward to explain the problem but ill give it a try;

If I start up my computer, I can then load up any game that I have with no worries and play for as long as I want, however when I then close the game, and try to open up another game (could be the same game again) then my computer will attempt to start it, and lockup on a black screen with the loading cursor not spinning requiring a system restart.

At first I thought it was to do with steam as it appeared to be only steam games which did it, but it does seem to do this with non-steam games too (However for some reason it does not with starcraft 2). So this has really been getting annoying having to restart if I want to change game.

Any help on this problem, or things that you could need me to post up?

Oh and I have done various memory, CPU and GPU hardware tests and nothing seems to be wrong, and this is with the latest drivers and a clean windows install so I really dont understand what could be causing it.


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Question: Game Lock Up

Ok i will try to explain all this in one go. i have microsoft flight sim 2004 just installed, The problem been is that after so long say 1, 2 mins it just locks up and i have to restart my computer from the restart button. In this game, it gives you a diagnostic tool wich allows you to boot the game in safe mode and play it, to see if there is a hardware fault, I did this and it didnt freeze or hang. But as soon i i start it the proper way its back to it hanging and freezing. So this is suggesting that i have a hardware fault. What does anyone think can be the problem, I run other games and dont have this problem, my card is a Geforce Fx 5900 and i have all the latest driver and direct x installed. My OS Is XP Home with service pack 2 and i have 512 ddr Amd 2500 processer.

Answer:Game Lock Up

Have you simply tried reinstalling the game?

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I have an Acer laptop which is about two years old. It started to run slowly and not very efficiently - then the screen started to go blank. Sometimes it goes blank when i am using it or when i am not. . I can see the computer is actually still processing so the whole computer does not shut down. I would be able to reboot and then the computer would be fine again. It started to do this more and more frequently until it was happening every couple of minutes and then my computer stopped booting up and loading software. I took my laptop to a recommended pc repair shot who reinstalled windows (unfortunately). It definitely was running much better and the screen stopped going blank. about 10 days later and the computer is running well still but the screen is starting to go blank again regularly - every 10-20 minutes! is this a virus/software/hardware??? thanks in advance for any help you are able to give me!

Answer:My computer screen keeps going blank even thought the computer is still running.

When the system is operating properly, set a System Restore point.

Then start out by updating all drivers and programs to the latest avalilable version.
Get all drivers from the PC Manufacturer's website, and get the updated programs from the program manufacturer's website. If you cannot find an update for a program older than 2 years, uninstall it.

Then visit Windows Update and get all updates
Then visit Windows Update and get Service Pack 1 (usually under Important Updates). Read these notes for installing SP1: Steps to follow before you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from the Microsoft Download Center
Then visit Windows Update and get any other available updates

I suggest starting all troubleshooting with the following diagnostic tests. They'll save you a lot of time and heartache if there is a hardware failure, and you'll have the disks on hand in case you need them in the future:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link) - Test ALL of the hard drives.
If you find hardware issues, here's a link to the hardware forums: Hardware Support - Tech Support Forum

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Free Online AntiMalware Resources (read the details at the link)
There are also free, boot... Read more

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Hi All.

I have a new one installed Lenovo T450s with Windows 10 Entreprise.
I have joined the machine into a domain without some active GPO.
When I'm at home or sitting at a customer and must unlock the screen, it takes a war! It is as if searching for the DNS server for my AD domain as my PC is a member of.
In Windows 7 or Windows 8 there is no problem.
This is not a problem in Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Some have suggestions?

Thank you

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