Notebook won't power on

Compaq / Gr967ua
January 16, 2009 at 07:42:29
Specs: Windows Vista, 2GB Ram
Last night I got home from work and tried to turn on my laptop. I pressed the power button and the power button lit up for 2 seconds and then turned off. I thought perhaps the battery had drained so I plugged it in. Both charging lights (plug and indicator) came on, I tried again, same result. The DVD drive light came on but I could not get the drive to open (perhaps not enough time before powers down?). The cord is good so I tried taking the battery out and putting it back in, no dice. Checked it again this morning, no change. It's about 1 year old and I've had no previous power problems. I've noticed it's been slow and have chalked it up to needing a RAM update (haven't gotten around to it). Do you guys think it could just be as simple as needing a new battery? What else could it be?

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January 16, 2009 at 08:31:23

Many notebook won't power due to bad RAM.
But most of the times its a damaged mobo.

I've seen many notebooks with the same problem I even had several of them for parts.

After removing the mobo's and inspecting the PCB I noticed several burn marks.

I have an Toshiba with the same problem, after removing the mobo the circuit around the CPU has many burnned marks.

Once upon a time the floppy disk was king.

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January 16, 2009 at 11:39:44
Just for kicks! Remove the AC adapter cord, reach in and grab the jack's connectors and wiggle it gently, to see if it has broken loose from the motherboard. If so, that could be the problem.

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.

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January 20, 2009 at 13:09:07
Okay, got it back and it was the motherboard. Estimated cost of parts and repair are over $500 so it's cheaper just to get a new decent computer. But the technician said that the hard drive appears to be fine so they can transfer the data to a new laptop. I'm wondering if (because everything else is okay) if I can build a new computer or if I shouldn't bother and just buy a new one pre-built.

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