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Laptop Power Issue

by AJ6000IRL / September 3, 2016 5:45 AM PDT

Hello,

My laptop is about 3 years old. Never really had any hardware issues at all despite honestly not treating the laptop well at all. I replaced the battery less than a year ago after it started to fail to keep a full charge.

In the last month or 2 I've been having more serious power issues. My charger started to not function unless it was in a particular position until it eventually stopped working at all. I replaced it and everything was back to normal.

In the last couple of weeks my laptop started shutting down randomly when not plugged in and would try to restart only to fail again. When I plugged in the charger this problem stopped and the laptop restarted normally.

A few days ago whilst plugged in my laptop died completely and now shows no signs of life whether plugged in, with/without the battery. No power lights nothing.

I like the laptop and would prefer to continue using it rather than get a new one if the repair price was not sky high.

Basically does anyone have an idea of what might have happened so that I can weigh up my options?

My specs btw:

Gamer W650SH 15.6" with Nvidia 2GB GT 740M - Gamer W650SH with 15.6 INCH Led Screen
Processor CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core 3550MM 2.30Ghz
Memory: 8GB SODIMM DDR3 1600Mhz
Hard Disk 1: 500GB 2.5" Serial ATA
Optical Drive 1: 8X Sata DVD Rewriter
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 2GB GT 740M
Sound Card: Intel HD Audio + SOUND BLASTER™ Cinema
Bluetooth/Wifi: Gigabit / Wifi 150Mbps / Bluetooth 3.0
Battery: 6 Cell Lithium-Ion 4400mAh Battery
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit

Thanks in advance
Alan

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Try Bob's advice at link.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / September 3, 2016 5:52 AM PDT
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Laptop Reset does not work
by AJ6000IRL / September 3, 2016 6:07 AM PDT

Thanks so much for the quick reply Bob,

I should have mentioned it in the original post but I have used the reset function before on this laptop with plenty of success but the reset does nothing this time around.

Any other ideas moving forward?

Thanks
Alan

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Since it worked before that's a sign.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 3, 2016 9:33 AM PDT

I'd try a new CMOS BIOS BATTERY. Cheap and worth a go.

Since it's that old but you didn't tell a lot about the big battery I worry that the big battery is gone 2. If you were getting say 15 minutes or less on the big battery then that needs changing as well.

These are not "sure" fixes. But they are cheaper than a repair counter min fee.

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Main Battery
by AJ6000IRL / September 3, 2016 10:21 AM PDT

Thanks for the reply!

The main battery was only replaced less than a year ago so I'm not sure if that's the problem here. Like I said, when the laptop died it would immediately try to restart itself so the main battery was not completely depleting. (The drops would occur even with the battery bar 3/4 full). Even if the main battery is completely dead the machine should work through the power cable regardless no? I'm really stumped.

Regarding the BIOS battery. Is it as simple as just buying a new one and switch it in for the old one? I feel like it won't be as simple as that but perhaps it's just because I'm not the most tech savy person.

Any more advice is greatly appreciated.

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Let's find out?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 3, 2016 10:31 AM PDT
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I'll google this.

Gamer W650SH bios battery replacement

I'll see if there are YouTubes and parts for that.

Nope. I wonder if Gamer bought Clevo models and slapped on labels.

Trying:
Clevo W650SH bios battery replacement

That finds more hits and a close enough service manual in a file W650SZ_ESM.pdf

I see the bog standard CR2032 which is a dollar in bulk (we have no reason to buy in less than 10 packs.

I'd change that next. While you are doing this, get out the canned air and gently clean the fans and heatsinks. DO NOT SPIN THE FANS TO LUDICROUS SPEED. Or plaid.

Post was last edited on September 3, 2016 10:33 AM PDT

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