Toshiba satelite M30X running windows XP home SP3.
For the past 6 months we've had startup problems with the laptop.
Push power button to start. Very brief activity from HD - light pulses once. Both power indicators come on - the main one on the power button and the front indicator. CPU cooling fans fires up for about 5 secs... and then thats it - no post beep, no screen activity at all. nothing
Leave it sit like that for anything up to 20 mins, and then it suddenly starts up correctly.
The other problem I have is that unless an external usb mouse is plugged in, the system will crash within 5 mins of finally starting up. By crash I mean the screen locks up - no mouse movement and no response from keyboard. Once the usb mouse is plugged in, the laptop runs 100% ok. With the touchpad functioning totally ok. It will reboot perfectly once it's finally started up.
I've had the laptop apart to check for obvious loose connections but I can't see anything loose.
Thanks for the headsup woodchip but I'm not looking to replace the laptop unless I really must. I'd rather try everything possible to get this laptop working again. I'm trying to avoid putting it in for repair until I've exhausted every other option.
Fruit Bat - on fourth pass with no errors at all. I'll leave it run all night just to be certain, but it's not looking like a memory fault. :-/
Sound like your motherboard to me as i had a very similar problem with my machice as nothing when turning on and then restart it a few mins later and then was fine and eventually one day would not post at all and the motherboard was replaced and all was fine.
If you have ruled out RAM, i assume you have run hard drive check, does not sound like a processor fault and then that does not really leave many components, if it was anything but the motherboard i would expect the machine to at least attempt to post and the produce some bios error beeps