View Full Version : Dead laptop - as in very dead

07-02-2010, 03:52 PM
Compaq n1015v
512 mb ram
Battery has been dead for years
Bios Battery is fine (I assume never had a prob with it)

Computer has been running perfectly on mains (with surge protecter etc) with no issues up to this date,

this is what happens
I plug it into the surge protector and turn on the switch on the surge protector
The case lights for the battery charging and the mains power come on.

Then i press the on button on the laptop and nothing happens.

By nothing, i mean .....
no sound of fan starting
no sound of hardrive starting
no display of any sort
a complete and absolute lack of anything happening

it is almost as if the start button is disconnected

I have tried using a different power point etc, but i can't get any response out of it.

Any ideas (and no parrot jokes)

07-02-2010, 04:36 PM
It's hard to see how anyone can be of much help, really, as this has the hallmarks of a hardware problem. If you have lights coming on it suggests that the pwr supply is working but I would test the voltage with a voltmeter to make sure.

After that, I can't think of anything else but to follow the volts into the laptop case which means cracking it open. Sometimes the pwr socket develops a cracked joint to the mobo whch may be fixable.

Sounds like a visit to a laptop hospital, frankly.

07-02-2010, 04:36 PM
Have you tried it without the battery installed?

Also try disconnect power and the battery and press and hold the power button for about 30 seconds then try again.

07-02-2010, 05:03 PM
Some Compaq's have the PSI internal and take 230 direct, so "measuring votages" may not be helpful on these models.