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  1. My laptop (ASUS K72DR w/ Windows 7 Professional x64) has been having problems waking up from sleep mode for about the last week. Attempting to resume from standby generally will result in a Black Screen of Death (BSoD) where nothing is displayed on the screen and the backlight isn't turned on. The laptop will generally manage to wake up successfully if it is the first time that it has gone to sleep since rebooting or if it is woken up within about a minute of going to sleep. A day or two after this problem first appeared, the laptop also started having another problem. The screen will sometimes go fuzzy kind of like in this Picture while it is in use, especially if the laptop is being moved at all or when it heats up a bit. What I know so far is that WhoCrashed tells me that atikmdag.sys is responsible for the BSoDs sometimes and others it's caused by atikmpag.sys. I can post up the full output of this application if it would be helpful. No changes had been made to the system between the time it was fine and the time it started acting up, no firmware updates or driver changes. The final thing I can tell you is that typically the backlight will remain off even after powering the laptop all the way down and back on if it remains plugged into the wall. To resume functionality I have to unplug the power cable, turn on the laptop, and then I am able to plug it in again. After doing this though the laptop doesn't detect that it's plugged in and will use the battery instead of power from the outlet unless I once more unplug it and plug it back in. (Sorry, I know it's a bit confusing). Here's what I've tried so far: - Updating the BIOS - Checking the RAM (memtest86) - Doing a full re-install of Windows 7 - Scanning for malware and/or rootkits - Uninstalling all of my ATI drivers w/ Driver Sweeper & then re-installing a driver that I hadn't previously had problems with - Cleaning out the laptop with canned air as best as can be without removing anything other than the underneath pannel. The laptop is under warranty so I can probably get this fixed by the manufacturer if necessary. I'd just like to make sure I've done all that I can without voiding a warranty before resorting to sending it back to Asus. On the one hand, it sounds like it's perhaps a loose connection between the video card and the LCD screen due to the fuzziness. The BSoDs being caused by the video card driver not resuming when coming out of sleep though wouldn't be affected by a loose monitor cable though, would it? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. I fixed the ribbon cable a couple days ago, when I took the laptop apart I didn't know how to take a ribbon cable out properly, I didn't see the locks until after I already got it out. When I pulled the cable out it broke 3 of the pins at the end. To fix the problem I just cut the last couple centimetres off of the cable and it works perfectly. Unfortunately though I as I stated, the same problem was occurring even after taking your suggestion of resetting the USB pins and the CMOS battery. At this point I'm not very hopeful, I told my friend he should start shopping around for a new laptop. Unless of course someone here can figure something out; however, it's seeming unlikely at this point.
  3. I can boot into Ubuntu off of a live CD, but once inside I cannot do anything since neither the keyboard nor touchpad nor USB-KB/Mouse will work. I took the whole laptop apart, down to the CPU and redid all of the connections. I didn't see any damage to the motherboard while I was inside; however it's possible I suppose that I missed it. This is not my laptop, but I did notice that the power jack on it had been re-seated inside with superglue, but it's nowhere near the motherboard, it's just touching the case. After asking my friend about that he said it happened over a year ago, so it's not a new problem although possibly relevant. I might possibly be able to downgrade the BIOS via bootable CD, but I'm not so sure that it would help since the problem didn't start occurring after a BIOS upgrade. It is something I will try if I don't get any other responses first.
  4. Although tw2 was right that one of the USB ports was a bit messed up, after fixing this problem (and resetting the CMOS) the results are the same. The keyboard and touch-pad become inoperable after the computer has been powered on for about two seconds or so. Whether or not it's relevant, in that time the keyboard is functional I can turn on caps/num lock and the indicator lights on the keys will remain on or off but unchangeable after it loses functionality.
  5. I'm not sure if you were right yet or not about the bent USB pin. One of the USB ports did look pretty messed up, but in the process of fixing this I seem to have created a new problem. The laptop won't boot up anymore at all, but the power and battery LEDs still light up so I know it is getting power. I suspect I damaged the ribbon cable leading from the power button to the motherboard when I took it out. So you may have been right, but I can't confirm or disprove the theory yet due to this new problem.
  6. I am trying to help my friend fix his Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 laptop. He had been having trouble with it being sluggish up until about a week or two ago, then he re-installed Windows 7 Professional x64 on it and it seemed to fix the problem. Two days ago he went to turn his laptop on and it gave him the BSoD repeatedly, saying that the BIOS were not ACPI compliant. Furthermore, the keyboard stops responding after about two seconds after the system turns on. I figured the BIOS would be a good place to start, so I tried to view them, but unfortunately the keyboard works JUST long enough to press F2 to access the BIOS, but then becomes unusable so I cannot navigate the menus at all. The laptop has 3GB of RAM in it, I suspected it was a memory problem so I took out one of the sticks of RAM and was able to get rid of the BSoD; however, the keyboard and touchpad still were unusable. I found some posts saying to unplug the laptop and remove the battery, let it sit for a while and try it after a few minutes so skeptically I did this overnight. As expected, no change. I Tried using a USB keyboard & mouse setup, still nothing. I Updated the BIOS to version 1.50 (the latest) by burning a bootable CD with them, the BIOS flashing finished as expected but the problem persists. I was able to boot into Ubuntu 10.10 off of a live CD but neither the built-in nor USB devices would function. The only thing I could think of to do is to remove the CMOS battery; however, I've read that for this model of laptop the CMOS battery is perma-soldiered into the motherboard so it cannot be easily removed. Besides, if re-flashing the BIOS didn't work would it even help? Unfortunately I cannot try using a PS/2 mouse/keyboard because there aren't any ports on the laptop to attach the devices. Does anyone have any suggestions? It's not a horribly old laptop, but it is out of warranty so I'd hate for my friend to have to go out and replace this one since it's been fine for him up to this point. P.S. One more strange thing I forgot to mention about the keyboard, for some reason I am still able to toggle the monitor on and off by using FN+F5 after I've otherwise lost use of the keyboard (like say, when I am on the BIOS menu). None of the other FN+F? hotkeys seem to work though, as their respective LEDs do not change as they are pressed. Once Linux or Windows attempts to boot however even this hotkey becomes inaccessible to the system, but I can do it anytime prior to their booting.
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