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my laptop will not power on

Hewlett-packard / PAVILLION DV9000
February 18, 2011 at 14:36:17
Specs: Windows Vista
my laptop froze so i had to power it down with out shutting down. now when i hit the power button the lights on the laptop flash on then go out. ive tried pulling the battery and power cords, nothing is working. this happened once before and pulling the battery and waiting over night worked. but its not working now. any suggestions?

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February 18, 2011 at 14:38:36
Sounds like a hardware issue. Make sure the RAM chips have not come out.

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February 18, 2011 at 14:51:32
Ace> how would I check the RAM chips? the computer didnt suffer any trauma, could a virus affect hardware?

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February 18, 2011 at 15:05:45
If it was a Virus it would at least POST (boot to a black screen with white letters and do the testing). If it does not stay on long enough to do a POST then it is a hardware issue and no a Virus did not do this.

To check your RAM there should be a panel under the computer you open to get to the RAM. Some computers have it under the keyboard. It could also be a CPU issue if the Fan is clogged. You may want to blow it out with canned air.

Another thing it could be is your power pack has gone bad and it is no longer charging the battery. If this is the case you will need to get another one.

It could also be (I hope not) the power regulator in the laptop. If this is the case then you will need a new motherboard.

If you are not comfortable with this then take it to a repair shop.

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February 18, 2011 at 15:36:50
Thanks for the tips. i did try canned air through the fan and ill try pulling the covers. pretty much have my life on this thing so im willing to pay what it takes to get it fixed. I have an external hard drive now but unfortuantely i havent taken the time to back up my laptop. that will teach me to procrastinate

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February 19, 2011 at 06:48:59
Well your "life" that is stored on the hard disk should be fine, worst case you need to replace the laptop, you make sure you have someone who knows what their doing retrieve your data. If it is going to be sent away for fixing....I would make sure I got the data off it first....just in case. You can use that external drive to dump the data to. Every one seems to need to get burnt bad once, before they learn to keep current back ups.

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February 19, 2011 at 06:53:02
Is there a way i can dump the data from my internal HD to an external Drive when the computer wont power on?

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February 22, 2011 at 07:13:13
Yes, You have to pull the drive and put it into another computer.

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