Tablet won't start, instantly cuts off

Hewlett-packard Touchsmart tx2-1270us ta...
September 18, 2009 at 15:07:44
Specs: Windows Vista, amd ?ghz/ 2GB ram
A friend of mine purchased an HP tablet about a year
ago for his business, he has up until recently had
good luck with it. The computer refuses to start, When
the power button is pressed the computer will turn on
it's indicator lights, then about a half a second later
will instantly shut off, sometimes on the first attempt
of the day it will run for about ten seconds, but the
screen never lights up or displays anything. The tech
support man from his business removed the hard drive
and memory from the computer, yet it still refused to
start. My friend was provided with a SATA cable and
A/C power supply to back up his hard drive, but
something appears to have a short because the
ground terminal on the power supply melted off. Can
this computer be revived? I have no problem installing
a new hard drive with vista to get it running again. I
don't think that the computer is completely fried
because it will occasionally run for 30 seconds before
shutting off. How should I attempt to fix this?

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September 18, 2009 at 17:09:00
Did I read anything about power tests or battery checks or ac adapter?

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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September 18, 2009 at 17:33:40
Has your friend tried to power the laptop using an alternate AC adapter to rule out the power supply causing the problem?

Other than the adapter, it could be the motherboard going bad, or could be the PC overheating.

Jarvis -Technician

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September 20, 2009 at 20:34:47
I apologize for not adding more detail earlier, I did not have a
chance to test anything power related. The computer is with an
incompetent computer repair man who said "aw, that thing's
fried" after only hearing that it wouldn't start. My friend was
apparently writing a book on that computer, hopefully the drive
is not shorted as was originally thought. I should have the
computer in hand within a week. I have a dv5t, does that use
the same power supply as the tablet?

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