Question Laptop black screen on startup

Jun 29, 2019
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Hi all,

I have a startup issue with my laptop and I'm hoping I may find some answers here.

When I try to turn my laptop on after it has been shut down or asleep after closing the lid/inactivity, after pressing the power button the screen backlight powers on (but the screen remains black without any activity) and the fan comes on for a few seconds and then turns off. It remains like this without going any further, so I press the power button again to turn it off and retry to turn it on again.
If I repeat this process a number of times, at a random point after pressing the power button for it to turn on I get the bios/motherboard loading screen and the windows loads (even if waking up from sleep mode)!

I have tried googling and trying some solutions but nothing has worked so far.

I have tried taking the battery out, pressing and holding the power button for a minute etc, but hasn't helped.
I rolled back some recent windows updates without any luck.

I have also read it may be a GPU failure and replacing it may help, but I don't have a dedicated GPU, it's simply running from my i7 CPU graphics.

I'm not actually convinced this is a software problem as nothing seems to be loading!
In all my ignorance, I have a hunch that it's a hardware problem and most probably motherboard.

My machine is a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531, with an i7-3632QM CPU, 8GB RAM and running windows 10 pro.
Also if it may be related, I have upgraded my HDD to an SSD (Crucial MX200 500GB), but did that a few years ago without any problems, and I've only had this issue for a couple of months.

I would be very grateful if anyone can help with some opinions, suggestions and/or possible resolutions that I may try.

Many thanks
Ash
 
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To be honest I was hoping to get some opinions coming through.
It's a bit disheartening to have so many views and 0 responses!
Am I having to buy a new laptop??
 
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Can you boot into the bios every time, or only some of the time?
not every time.

As I mentioned, when I press the power button the screen powers on without actually displaying anything (no sign of any activity, i.e. no software display) and the fan runs for a few seconds, but that's all the activity I get.
The laptop doesn't actually seem to come on!

I need to press the power button a number of times before at a random point the machine comes on: I first get the black page with 'ThinkPad' written in white for a split second that looks something like this:


Then the windows 10 loads...
 

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