(partially) fried laptop

January 18, 2012 at 14:01:01
Specs: Windows XP Home Premium, hgf
Hey guys. So, a client says she was on her laptop (Asus M50V) and she smelled burning plastic, then she noticed a small flame in the back of the laptop. The flame was put out. She was able to run the computer again, but it would only run on the battery. It will not boot up when plugged in. I want to take it apart to see if there is something that can be replaced.

Do you think it would be worth taking apart, and do you know if the part that could be damaged would be replaceable? I'm guessing there was a power surge, because there was a storm that night, and she was not on a surge protector. It looks like the laptop is still functional, it just won't boot from power anymore. Any thoughts?

Thank you!

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January 18, 2012 at 19:35:58
It sounds like the circuit that processes the power from the power cord was fried. I do not know if this is on a separate board or is part of the main board. If you do not get a clearer answer here, I think that Asus' website has a way you can ask their tech people. They also may be able to tell you how to get any parts that you may need.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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