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bk T
03-10-2007, 11:14 AM
Woke up this morning and found that there's no signs of life in this 4 yr old IBM notebook: nothing happens when the power switch is press with both the battery inserted and mains power plugged in. Normally, when the mains power is plugged in there is an indicator led showing the mains power is plugged in but nothing shows now. Borrowed a multi-tester to check the power adaptor and confirmed that there is 17 V of DC power output from the Adaptor.

Is it worth sending for repair?

george12
03-10-2007, 11:21 AM
Woke up this morning and found that there's no signs of life in this 4 yr old IBM notebook: nothing happens when the power switch is press with both the battery inserted and mains power plugged in. Normally, when the mains power is plugged in there is an indicator led showing the mains power is plugged in but nothing shows now. Borrowed a multi-tester to check the power adaptor and confirmed that there is 17 V of DC power output from the Adaptor.

Is it worth sending for repair?

Was the battery charged? If so, the laptop is very dead, and repairs would cost more than the value of the laptop (it's worth around $600 probably). If it may have been flat (and thus wouldn't have booted without external power), it could just be a faulty socket. Try to borrow a good, charged battery and see if it runs on that. Also try wiggling the power plug where it plugs into the laptop.

Have you tried it without the battery in? That would rule out a bad battery.

bk T
03-10-2007, 11:28 AM
Was the battery charged? If so, the laptop is very dead, and repairs would cost more than the value of the laptop (it's worth around $600 probably). If it may have been flat (and thus wouldn't have booted without external power), it could just be a faulty socket. Try to borrow a good, charged battery and see if it runs on that. Also try wiggling the power plug where it plugs into the laptop.

Have you tried it without the battery in? That would rule out a bad battery.

Tried all the above as suggested other than putting in a 'good' battery as I have no access to one.

george12
03-10-2007, 12:12 PM
Tried all the above as suggested other than putting in a 'good' battery as I have no access to one.

Do you know if it was charged enough to definitely be able to run or not?

MushHead
03-10-2007, 02:51 PM
My wife's old Compaq laptop used to do something similar occasionally - the cure was to pull out both mains & battery to really kill all the power, then restart.