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HP ZD8000 No Power/Won't Start

by Nytestorm-001 / March 29, 2014 4:27 AM PDT

I know this is a old topic, but I have searched and searched for an answer for this problem and it still remains unsolved.. These systems, once running, will run for a long, long while. You ask HP and more than likely get no response at all. So, here goes... I have one of these systems (HP ZD8000) and it has no power. Just the little lightning symbol blinking 3 times. All the little things posted around the net has been tried more than once. Checked the power supply - Got another. Checked RAM - Got new RAM. Even changed the motherboard. Changed the processor as well. I know a great deal about systems and I cannot find out what is wrong with this thing. Any help would be appreciated

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Back then...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 29, 2014 9:08 AM PDT for reference.

Way back then HP had a few models that would not power up if the CMOS battery was too low or missing. Also a few won't power up with a missing or dead main battery.

Good luck, hope what I remember helps.
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Have You...
by 1shado1 / March 30, 2014 1:03 AM PDT

...just recently acquired this laptop, or has it been on the fritz for a long time?

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by Nytestorm-001 / March 30, 2014 1:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Have You...

Had it for a while, would work on it... then leave it alone... been going on for a good year or so

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Given the age
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 30, 2014 1:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Fritz

I would check the battery items I noted (I use a Volt meter) and then again it's about a decade old and electrolytic capacitors are past their service life so one check I'd do is to see if any had what techs call "dead shorts."

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by Nytestorm-001 / March 31, 2014 8:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Given the age

I am going to get a new battery for this thing and see if that works. As I said earlier, I got a new motherboard for it. Just hoping that's what the problem is. Thanks for all your insight

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