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Sony Vaio PCG-FRV 25 will not start

by Fitter55 / September 28, 2014 4:20 AM PDT

I know this machine wouldn't even make a good boat anchor, however it's solid enough for a 10 year old.
My problem is it won't start now. The power and battery lights light up when start button is pressed but immediately go off again. I've tried with and without battery, did the power button drain , removed ram 1 at a time. I even changed the power button ribbon cable,(eyes aren't good enough to ohm out). and got new cable cheap enough. Is there anything else I should check before replacing the power/charging board? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated as this model is a real pain to open up for access.

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