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December 12, 2011 12:11:57 PM

Hello,

My laptop has no power. Wont power on with just battery, no indication that it is receiving a charge. Won't power on without battery installed. Power adapter seems to be working (it has a green light). I have no multimeter to test it with to confirm. I unplugged it, removed battery, held power for 30sec, re-installed battery then power cord and still no love.

I had a browser open to view my fantasy football team and also watching a live feed of nfl football on justin tv. The battery was down to almost 10% so I plugged it in. I left it alone for about 30 minutes and went back to it and tried to power it on. Nothing.

The only lights that do show up is after i re-installed battery and cable the blue led for the battery will shine. I press start and the led on the power switch will flicker, as well as the power on led.

I am desperate to get this thing running. I am leaving out of town on Friday and need to do a presentation on it.

Specs
TimelineX 5820T-5951
Core i3
320 gb HDD
Basically bone stock, no mods

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December 12, 2011 12:43:51 PM

Unfornately, your first step is to verify that the problem is in laptop, or AC charger.
Even with a voltmeter this is not easy as "No load" test (Measuring the output DC at the plug is not a positive test, you need to measure the voltage under load. Best bet is to obtain a known good ac adaptor and tring it. If that is not the problem, then it is probably the input circuitry in the laptop. This would require opening the laptop and inspecting the input jack - may not have a good connection. Beyound that it requires troubleshooting the input circuitry.
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December 12, 2011 1:20:18 PM

Thank you for the reply, hopefully its only the adapter. I love cheap fixes
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December 12, 2011 1:46:34 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Laptops & Notebooks by Mousemonkey
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December 15, 2011 1:16:23 PM

RetiredChief said:
Unfornately, your first step is to verify that the problem is in laptop, or AC charger.
Even with a voltmeter this is not easy as "No load" test (Measuring the output DC at the plug is not a positive test, you need to measure the voltage under load. Best bet is to obtain a known good ac adaptor and tring it. If that is not the problem, then it is probably the input circuitry in the laptop. This would require opening the laptop and inspecting the input jack - may not have a good connection. Beyound that it requires troubleshooting the input circuitry.



Well the verdict is in. It's the motherboard, according to the shop I took it to. It's a shame because I really liked the laptop. I'm having a hard time finding a suitable replacement for it. The features I enjoyed the most about it was the thin and light design, good battery life, and brushed aluminum finish.

Does anyone know of another laptop in the $6-700 range that can compare to these features? I am very reluctant to spend good money on another Acer.

Does anyone recommend replacing the mother board? The shop I took it to quoted me a price of $385.
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