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PC - Satellite P105-S6064- won't boot; Power Light flashes once but Optical Drive light flickers endlessly.

Hello. I recently changed my HDD (over a month though) and it has been doing just fine, off course there would be this issue and that. But the focus of my post is a recent problem I encountered while surfing the net and browsing some files: the Optical Drive gave a sound and upon checking, only 'C:/', 'DVD RW DRIVE (D:/)' were present and 'CD Drive (E:/)' was missing; PC suddenly turned blue with some white-black horizontal lines moving up, just like on an unset TV; it continued until I force-shutdown the thing and after some seconds when I tried to power it on, the power light flashed once and was off again but the optical drive kept flickering as it does when a DVD/CD is inserted.
I checked the HDD and RAM to see if it they were hot, but warmth degree was negligible-the RAM was even less- then next I checked the screen cable but found it connected. After fixing everything back and pressing the power key, the PC was on again?!
Session was lost but it was working again. This morning upon pressing the power key again I was able to work on my computer until it repeated the blue-screen.... I can't remember if I forced it to shutdown, but I was able to use it after some minutes.
Note: The blue screen wasn't a BSOD as it was purplish and not purely blue, and darker too.
-The missing 'CD Drive E:/' occasionally presented itself when I checked 'Computer' and Optical Drive light would flicker, but this is the time everything would stop.
-After turning on the PC, 'Opera' browser as I was using it, would 'glow' the desktop wallpaper as if it was set in transparency mode for short milliseconds and after about 5secs. would be back to normal.
-I have recently installed Puppy Linux (Slacko 6.3._) as a backup OS after checking it using a Live USB, so I could retrieve my files in case anything goes wrong with Windows. It might not be the problem, but I think its worth noting. And there's also a free 1022 or 1024 MB if free partition left after installing Puppy.
-I use Plop boot manager.
-RAM= 2GB.
-HDD= 500GB.
-Its a Windows 7, x32 bit PC.
HOPE THE DETAILS WOULD BE INFORMATIVE ENOUGH TO TROUBLESHOOT THE COMPUTER.
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  1. I really need help. This morning, I was using it until the blue screen showed up; I waited until the HDD light wasn't blinking and then force shutdown, but when I started it again after removing the optical drive, it booted until it got logged in and it just went off.
    -Perhaps Optical drive isn't the problem but it makes a sound (and the light on it gets on, for say, 3-7 seconds) whenever the condition sets in and keeps blinking even when the PC is off.
    -I also noticed that the HDD is active, because I hear its spinning. And its light would also blink about 3 times, all when the PC is OFF!
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  2. I can't get it to boot anymore!
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  3. Could it be the RAM, CPU or 'MOTHERBOARD'? I need assistance with details or troubleshooting guides ASAP.
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  4. CD drives on that model sometimes get lose and needs tighted up. Try uninstalling the CD drive by removing the screw that holds it in place and pull the drive out of the SATA connections. Push it back in and while holding a little force on the drive to keep it in the SATA connection tighten the screw. Test and see if it helps.

    Some models have an issue that the CD drive has to work else the system doesn't. Possible an old OEM way to make more money.
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  5. Maybe that's why when I removed the drive, the laptop shut down again after booting (to Windows), repeating the same chain of problems. But after re-installing, there wasn't any change. I even pushed the drive while switching on Windows but all was the same
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  6. Thats the thing about OEM's they force you replace the device when you could just leave it out. Sounds like the CD drive is bad. Check your hard drive to make sure its not causing a bad SATA connection. Like the CD pull it out and put it back in.
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  7. I've already re-installed the HDD and also tried the previous but it did not fix the issue. Re-installed the RAMs as well.
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  8. Last thing to check is unplug from the wall and pull the battery out. Hold down the power for button for 5 minutes to make sure all power is gone. Then put the battery back and plug it into the wall and test. If doesn't work then I suggest you get a new CD/DVD drive.
    https://www.ebay.com/i/182080334715?chn=ps&dispItem=1
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  9. Done. All the same. But don't you think the problem is with any of the components? Perhaps the RAM or CPU. I mean it could at least load the BIOS.
    I strongly believe the Motherboard is behind it all, and nothing else - including peripherals- attached to it.
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  11. If it has 2 sticks of RAM try removing one and test. The swap it out with the other and test. Could also be the laptop battery doesn't has to have enough charge. Try charging it over night.
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  12. RAM swap- check.
    Battery- what about the adapter? Could it be undercharging the laptop?
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  13. Na but if the battery was completly drained some laptops dont work without battery power. Kind of like tablets some are made to power though the battery. Only other option is try a replacement motherboard.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-TOSHIBA-A000006540-SATELLITE-P105-P100-INTEL-LAPTOP-MOTHERBOARD-/350707281422
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  14. But could it be a result of my resetting the CMOS battery?
    I would like to fix this PC. But getting a new laptop capable of lasting 10 years or more would be preferable.: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-3491943/low-budget-programming-computer-science-studies.html#xtor=EPR-8809
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  15. Given the price on a 1050 enabled laptop's I suggest you hold off a bit for a Ryzen apu laptop if possible. The leading specs that make a laptop last is the GPU and memory capacity. If you have to get one now get one with a 940M or 950M graphics.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834315926
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  16. I decided to disassemble the Laptop and I tried reseating everything I could, such as the CPU, RAM, HDD, Heat sink, Wireless Network Adapter, etc & RESET THE CMOS BATTERY.
    After assembling everything back and putting the battery in...; The PC boot into Windows and I was able to export some files to my phone.

    The problem still remains that the 'CD Drive E:' is missing and I presume the trouble has not ended yet. I need advices.
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  17. If your wanting to fix the CD drive here is a replacement.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/182080334715?rmvSB=true
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  18. Are you sure it the Optical Drive and not the Motherboard, RAM, CPU or any other components?
    Ebay- I'm a Nigerian.
    The original Drive is
    Model: GMA-4082N
    (ATAKKO)
    Drive: A1
    Would that one (provided in the link work for me)?
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  19. Yes it works with all Satellite P105's but given your location it may be to costly. Most people no longer use a CD drive so not a requirement. You could use the SATA for another option or leave it empty. You could turn it into an HD caddy and use your main drive SATA for SSD.
    https://www.ebay.com/i/272620504287?chn=ps&dispItem=1
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  20. I'm not a Computer geek; I do not quite understand what you say.
    But does it mean the Motherboard is O.K. and Optical Drive is the only problematic device in this laptop and not a single other component?
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  21. I think I can get https://www.ebay.com/i/272620504287?chn=ps&dispItem=1 on AliExpress. I'll post the link after search so you can verify.
    But what perplexes my mind is the inability of my laptop to boot, with the Optical Drive uninstalled/removed.
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  22. Both the HD and CD drives work by SATA thus you can use it as a second HD/SSD slot. Just dont use it as the boot drive as the CD SATA may be slower.

    Long as system is working it sounds like motherboard works.
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  23. Hung when I left it idle and alone, power light was still on but no response. I force shutdown the laptop, making sure the HDD lights eeren't on as I did. I wonder what's the real problem with this PC. A component or periperal, perhaps the Motherboard. Its making me anxious.
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  24. Its beginning to sound like you have no option but get a new laptop.
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  25. Yes, you're right. But I would like to keep both new and old running. Thanks for the suggestion on Acer.
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  26. "Its beginning to sound like you have no option but get a new laptop." Is it the Motherboard?
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  27. Best answer
    Only way to know for sure is swap out parts. Most shops have battery, HD, CD drive, spare power cord, memory, monitor to test. If none of those fix the problem then they know its the motherboard needing replacement.
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  28. Physical test.
    Thanks for your help, 'elbert'.
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  29. elbert said:
    Only way to know for sure is swap out parts. Most shops have battery, HD, CD drive, spare power cord, memory, monitor to test. If none of those fix the problem then they know its the motherboard needing replacement.
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  30. Here it is:1PC Universal Aluminum 2.5 2nd 9.5mm Ssd Hd SATA Hard Disk Drive HDD Caddy Adapter Drive Bay For Cd Dvd Rom Optical Bay
    http://s.aliexpress.com/RBVJFZjE
    (from AliExpress Android)
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  31. Looks good and you will have to swap out the CD drives door cover so looks correct. Should attach to the 1PC caddy no problem. Just be careful not to break the plastic cover.
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  32. elbert said:
    Looks good and you will have to swap out the CD drives door cover so looks correct. Should attach to the 1PC caddy no problem. Just be careful not to break the plastic cover.


    What is the CD Drive door?
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  33. Its the peice in the picture the fingers are holding onto. Most are removable and can be put on a new drive. You simply take it off and snap it onto the replacement.
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  34. elbert said:
    Its the peice in the picture the fingers are holding onto. Most are removable and can be put on a new drive. You simply take it off and snap it onto the replacement.



    Oh. Thanks. Thank you very much, elbert.
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  35. I did see the 'CD Drive E:' when I inserted my old HDD but it was out again when I reinstalled the new/current (500GB) HDD. It reappeared when I put a modem in, but with a logo of the Service Provider, instead, before I removed it (the modem).
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  36. Check what drivers its using in device manager.
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  37. elbert said:
    Check what drivers its using in device manager.


    The drivers for what device, sir?
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  38. The CD drive driver from the old drive. Right click the drive like in the image and select properties to get the driver information.
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  39. elbert said:
    The CD drive driver from the old drive. Right click the drive like in the image and select properties to get the driver information.


    It won't turn on again. The battery got low while in sleep mode, the HDD LED kept blinking faintly and the Optical Drive light too. I recharged it later but when I left it again in sleep mode, the original problem re-occured and I pressed the power key to login; the screen soon became colored and laptop siin shut itself down, the Optical Drive light still blinking. I didn't reply sooner because I was backing up my phone data; I MOVED some of the files in my phone to the PC so I could make some space for the backup; but now its OFF. I really hope I can get'em back soon.
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  40. Here is some steps to try and get the correct driver or possible fix a corrupt registry fix for the CD drive.
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/314060/your-cd-or-dvd-drive-is-not-recognized-by-windows-or-other-programs
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  41. OK. I've checked it and it didn't fix the problem. Sorry for late response; having a nearly-hard time getting to work on the PC. I'm in doubts as to the problem being driver-specific too.
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  42. Here is a few more things to try. cddvd drivers
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  43. Check. Issue unresolved.
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  44. elbert said:
    Its beginning to sound like you have no option but get a new laptop.


    Dies mid-boot or post-boot. Gets into fits when nothing works but lights and fan. Ctrl + Alt +Del means nothing and only Force Shutdown.. .....
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  45. Try making a Hiren's boot USB. Use this tool and its simple to make. Just select Hiren boot CD in step 2 and then your USB drive.
    https://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

    Then at start hit your boot menu function key or set bios to boot from USB. It should start into a windows xp gui. You have access to all kinds of test software to check every part. It should look like the image and if you click on the Hiren boot CD's programs you get a big drop down list.


    You can click on hard drive/storage to scan you hard drive. Near the bottom of the list is testing that has programs totest your PC parts. It may have the drivers for your CD drive in device drivers.


    You can change the back ground if you wish.
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  46. elbert said:
    Try making a Hiren's boot USB. Use this tool and its simple to make. Just select Hiren boot CD in step 2 and then your USB drive.
    https://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

    Then at start hit your boot menu function key or set bios to boot from USB. It should start into a windows xp gui. You have access to all kinds of test software to check every part. It should look like the image and if you click on the Hiren boot CD's programs you get a big drop down list.


    You can click on hard drive/storage to scan you hard drive. Near the bottom of the list is testing that has programs totest your PC parts. It may have the drivers for your CD drive in device drivers.


    You can change the back ground if you wish.



    I found https://downloads.tomsguide.com/Hiren-s-Boot-CD,0301-51033.html
    and https://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd
    But I'm afraid it [PC] would crash upon diagnosis. It barely keeps on/up for 5 minutes.
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  47. Can I use Rufus? I used it to make a System Repair USB (on a memory card) and install Puppy Linux as well.
    https://rufus.akeo.ie
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  48. I'm sure its possibe with Rufus but it would leave you doing most of the setup work to get Hiren's config. The ideal with Hiren is to take the HD, sata, and windows out of stablity issue. Try to eliminate what not causing the issue to see what part must be replaced.
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  49. elbert said:
    I'm sure its possibe with Rufus but it would leave you doing most of the setup work to get Hiren's config. The ideal with Hiren is to take the HD, sata, and windows out of stablity issue. Try to eliminate what not causing the issue to see what part must be replaced.


    Check: https://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-on-usb-disk
    I really need step-by-step instructions.
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