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I've got an old Acer AspireOne that's been sitting around with a power connector issue for a couple of years. I finally bought a new whip for it and now it's got power, but the netbook itself won't boot. What sort of stpes shold I take to try to figure out what's wrong? Complicating the issue is thatthe screen is badly damaged; I'm mostly trying to ascertain whether or not this baby's worth buying a new screen for. Here's what I know so far:

  • System powers up and the screen glows
  • I can't hear a POST beep, but I don't recall if I always heard one or not
  • Definitely no windows startup sounds
  • keyboard connection is ok; when I use the function keys for screen brightness they do what they're supposed to do
  • connecting the VGA output to another monitor (well, an LCD tv) doesn't show any data

Is there any hope to be had here, or are the possibilities so broad that I may as well give up now?

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cori: The screen is the second most expensive part on a laptop, its not worth the gamble. I assume there is no external monitor port? – Moab Sep 25 '12 at 19:51
there is (VGA), but when connected to an lcd-tv-as-monitor the monitor complains of no data. – cori Sep 25 '12 at 19:52
Do you see any kind of BIOS boot screen? Does anything other than the backlight on the screen light up? – allquixotic Sep 25 '12 at 20:10
not so far as I can tell - just the backlight, but as I said, the screen's in pretty bad shape: a crack low-down that crosses the 75-80% of the screen. Above that is just white, below and to one side just black. – cori Sep 25 '12 at 20:13
I would try a regular PC monitor rather than a TV if you can. – Moab Sep 26 '12 at 0:55

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