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I run a computer repair business and I received a Compaq C series laptop that doesn't boot on power up. I took a video sample of the problem.

It just stays like that, in fact, I've left it on for 30 min.

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We need more details, flag for reopening if post is improved. –  studiohack Apr 1 '11 at 1:38
    
I dont know how else to describe the problem. It just does what it does in the video. Stays at the screen forever. –  Chris Tarazi Apr 1 '11 at 2:38
    
Did you recently install software or new hardware? Anything unusual lately? etc –  studiohack Apr 1 '11 at 3:00
    
I run a computer repair business and this is how I received this laptop. –  Chris Tarazi Apr 1 '11 at 3:46
    
can't really help you that much then...perhaps search around the site for similar questions related to nonbooting systems... –  studiohack Apr 1 '11 at 3:49
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After spending hours trying to go through the elimination process (RAM, GPU, Fans, etc), I removed the battery and tried running on AC power only, and it worked. It booted fine and I got into the OS. I didn't know that the battery could stop a computer from booting. I guess you do learn new things every day.

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