In desperate need of some help with my laptop...before I throw it away!**PIC**

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  1. Danno

    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    Lets see if I can be anymore vague about this. My laptop won't turn on. I plug it into the wall and the front lights will light up but the computer won't turn on, and nothing else will work.

    Can I safely assume that it's not a power supply problem since the buttons up front light up when I turn on the comp?

    Is there a way to check the main board to see if it's fried? If it is, how much does it cost to replace if I were to tackle it myself.

    If I can't replace it myself, is there a way that I could get what's on the HD off there, or is it gone forever?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Here's the lights that power on up front:
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  2. druid

    druid What do the 5 fingers say?

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    Yeah thats pretty vague, if its still under warrenty return it to get it fixed but im guessint its not. So does it make any noises when you plug it in? fans turn on? HD spin? anything or just the lights? Do the lights stay on steady or do they dim flicker? If you have a volt/multi meter check the power supply(if you know what your doing). Make sure the power supply is outputting what it should, it should say on the little brick what the output should be. If the power is ok then the next would be any loose wires or check the cpu lock sometimes they can pop loose if the laptop got shaken around some. That should be a good start, a new mother board is going to cost you, better off just buying a new/used laptop. To get the data off the hd easiest way would be buy an adapter to plug a 44 pin laptop drive into a standard ide drive, plug it into your desktop and copy what you need off.
     
  3. Danno

    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    Nothing at all makes noise, HD, fans...nothing. The lights stay on, no dimming, just a constant glow.

    I figured it would cost a fortune to replace it.

    Where can I pick up the adapter you're talking about?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  4. MP

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    it just randomly did this? You did absolutly NOTHING to the computer before it started doing it?
     
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    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    The computer never moved from my desk. So I don't think it could have been jolted in anyway.

    It seemed to have a constant problem trying to turn on after about a year. Where I'd flip the power button over, you'd hear the fan start spinning, then it would just stop...and I'd have to hit the power button again, after 4 or 5 tries it would finally come on.
     
  6. MP

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    i dunno, I kinda think it is a PSU problem then since it's slowly gotten worse. They can cause your computer to do some crazy shit and major damage.
     
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    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    I have no idea what the PSU is. :hs:

    So basically I'm out of luck?
     
  8. MP

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    PSU = power supply unit.

    it can go bad in many, many ways. Definitly get it checked out ASAP. You can seriously damage your hardware if it is indeed faulty.
     
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    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    I'll get it checked out. But if I don't get it fixed, is there any possible way to make use of this fancy screen? Or is it more or less useless?
     
  10. MattIROC

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    looks like a HP laptop. :hs:
     
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    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    Yep, second one I've gotten. Both have been junk. Only reason I got another HP laptop was because the one before this had a power supply problem, I took it in to get fixed, they shipped it out to get fixed and it got lost. So they replaced it with a new/better (ha) model.
     
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    definitly. My friend mounted his laptop monitor onto the side of his computer. It was pimp.
     
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    not sure which model my dads is, but its 850 mhz. Only problems he has with his is the cooling fan makes loud noises at times, and it resets/freezes every now and then. Other than that, it works just fine, but laggy because of all the shit that has gotton on there.
     
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    Any idea on how to go about reusing it?
     
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    Could just be a internal Voltage Converter issue... Try removing everything you can to minimize possibilities. RAM? CD ROM? HD? Battery? Floppy? It should Post with just minimal RAM and screen. Try to narrow down the prob.

    If ya get me more information on the notebook, I may be able to get more info when I get back to work. PM me with info... If ya want.

    As far as using the old parts, try www.hardforums.com They have some good FAQ's over there...
     
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    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    I tried removing the CD-ROM, Floppy Drive, and battery and it still wouldn't turn on.
     
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    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    pull the battery to make sure it is turning all the way *off* first and then turn it on
     
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    Danno Bronx Poodle OT Supporter

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    I've pulled the battery, then plugged it in numerous times. No luck.
     
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