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Old 02-16-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Ok guys, here's the deal.
I have the above, and cannot get it to boot up.

Engaging the power button only accomplishes these things:
Vertical power light comes on for 3-5 seconds, hard drive kicks over and turns off directly after light goes out, and the screen is off during the whole process.

Power supply: The battery is at full charge and the laptop is plugged in (with a positive power light) for the duration.

Attempted Solution: After noticing the problem, I had broken the whole thing apart shotgun style (disassembly) to see if I could find any broken solders, parts, pieces or excessive dust bunnies. No such luck.
So that is my story. I am banging my head against the wall because I know it is going to be something small, I just can't figure it out!
Please help if you are able...I'd appreciate it!
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:07 PM   #2
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Try this first:
1. Remove battery and unplug ac adapter
2. Press and hold power ON button for 30secs at least
3. Put back the battery and plug back ac adapter
4. Power ON as normal

Post back what happens.
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Tried it (for a full minute!) and i came up with the same result. Power light comes on, kicks over, then turns off as if i pushed the button again. Thanks for the post...any other thoughts?
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If you have access to the CMOS battery, try removing it... unplug AC and remove battery then remove the CMOS battery. Leave it as is for 30mins. Put them all back together and power ON.

If that does not work... check the RAM... yes, the RAM... reseat the module (remove and put it back securely). If you have a good/working spare, try that instead (take out all the old RAM sticks and replace them with your spare).
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My CMOS battery is soldered in, so I can't remove it...technically...but I did reseat the RAM, tried it and I am still having the issue. I would try the swap out trick, but I don't have any old sticks...
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