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Sudden death of working laptop

by volitaire77 / July 27, 2008 5:09 AM PDT

The machine in question is an HP entertainment notebook, 1 gb of RAM,with an Intel centrino processor running Windows XP with Sp2. It is a relatively new machine, only three or four years old.The motherboard was replaced 1-2 years ago but has been working fine since.Recently, after losing the power cord for several weeks, I charged it and tried to turn it on. Even after trying several electrical outlets, the machine still wouldn't turn on. Another indication that this thing is dead is that the front panel, which usually lights up when you charge it or press the "On" button does nothing. I would like to know why this working machine died so suddenly and with no former warnings. Is there anything I can do to bring it back to life?

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One common reason I'm running into is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 5:26 AM PDT

The new lead free solder being used. While ecofriendly it is prone to cracking and since laptops don't just sit on the desk for years. So the common fix is to replace the mainboard.

If it's the OS we can test for that if the BIOS comes up by setting the CD as the boot drive and booting some CD based Linux for a test run.
Tell more.

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by volitaire77 / July 27, 2008 5:41 AM PDT

Thank you for your swift reply. To be honest, this laptop is probably not worth replacing any hardware (it is not under warranty anymore), it would just be nice to have around for my mom to use for word processing. I don't think it is the OS as nothing, not even the BIOS, ever comes up on screen.I don't think we will be purchasing anymore HP notebooks after the lousy performance this one had. Thanks again!

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Tell me when you put in a new CMOS battery
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 5:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

(revealing a treasure I received) I was gifted a dead laptop. I took it apart, measured the voltages on the "brick" and then found the little internal CMOS battery. That was far too low to be working. 5 bucks and my brother got a fairly good laptop.

Have you seen or heard of such a thing?

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by volitaire77 / July 27, 2008 6:22 AM PDT

I have not heard of such a thing, though it sounds fairly complicated for a n00b like myself! However, I've just recalled that about 4 months before the laptop went dead I got a Blue Screen of Death. Do you think this could be related? Thanks again.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 10:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Hmm...


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(NT) Thank you!! I think I'll try that!
by volitaire77 / July 27, 2008 11:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Tip.
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