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Laptop won't turn on due to a power surge through the usb

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February 22, 2013 12:51:21 PM

Hello knowledgeable members,

I was hoping one of you could help me with a recent problem. A cd rom drive was plugged in through a usb port on my laptop. The cd rom drive was connected to an electrical outlet as well and I believe a strong electrical current went through the drive and then my laptop (my laptop was on battery power). The laptop immediately turned off and neither the drive and my laptop can turn on since then. When I plug in my laptop, there are no lights to indicate that the laptop is plugged in. Also when it is plugged in, there is a ticking noise that I don't know where it is coming from.

From what I can tell, there are no burn marks on the motherboard. Do you have any suggestions on what to do? Thanks so much for taking the time to help me. Please let me know if I need to clarify anything.
a c 248 D Laptop
February 22, 2013 9:21:15 PM

Hi :) 

Laptop repair shop for diagnosis, BUT the motherboard is probably blown :( 

All the best Brett :) 

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a b D Laptop
February 22, 2013 9:31:29 PM

Could be a blown cap, regulator, south bridge, fuse, resistor, a million things. Hard to diagnose on a board and not something I usually do unless the owner understands I will charge whether I can fix it or not as it can be hours with a multi-meter trying to track it down and then it may turn out to be a part that you can't replace anyways.

Myself, I would start measuring with the power plugged in around the power input jack and see if it's getting power and then trace that down to see if the main parts seem to be getting the main power from the power jack. If that's all good, which it probably is in your case since power wasn't even plugged in, then it's hit and miss to figure out.
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February 22, 2013 9:56:21 PM


One thing that you can try is unplugging the power cord, removing the main battery, and then hold down the power button on the laptop for about 20 seconds to let it discharge any remaining charge it has. Then plug the laptop back in without the battery and see if it will boot, I have had this work in the past when a laptop will not seem to power on.
February 22, 2013 10:09:50 PM

While there are a number of manufacturers.... you may want to focus in on the USB controller chip on the mainboard (if it has one) sometimes labeled as a Cypress chip with roughly 60-100 pins. This is waste of time unless you have micro-miniature solder skills and can source the exact same chip for replacement from a component vendor.
And, even then, you have no way of knowing if the USB controller absorbed the surge or fried itself and kicked the electrical current can down the road.
February 23, 2013 12:33:14 AM

Thanks for your input everyone. Tried the holding down the power button thing and that didn't work so from what I gathered, it could be anything on the mobo. I don't have the tools nor the skills to replace components on it either so I guessing it would be cheaper to have it replaced. Appreciate the help guys.
March 8, 2013 10:00:18 AM

Best answer selected by konzekqtiv.