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Laptop just died. Help troubleshoot.

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  1. xbonez New Member

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    Hey TPU,

    My dad has a Sony Vaio laptop. He was surfing the net when all of a sudden his laptop just died. Being home, it is now my responsibility to do some magic and fix everything.

    I confirmed the charger is working. There is current on the tip that goes into the laptop so it is conducting power. I disconnected the battery and tried running it on Mains directly, but no luck.

    I'm thinking even if the HDD or RAM or something failed, the LED that indicates the battery is charging should still be showing something. There is absolutely no sign of life in the laptop at all.

    Any suggestions on what I should check and eliminate to zero in on the problem?
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    when you press the power button does it try to come on? or so response?
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    Any fancy sound or smell when the said laptop crapped out? I think it might be worth your time to open the laptop up and check for burn marks.
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    No sound, no smell.

    Hitting the power buttons elicits no response at all.

    Its behaving exactly like a plastc/metal shell right now.
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    Power button might have crapped out, or some wire melted or things like that is my best bet. Where, that is for you to find out ;)
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    Is the battery and/or the connectors in the battery bay damp/wet?
    When you plug the AC adapter into the socket on the laptop does it seat securely, or does it wiggle?
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    Fuse inside the laptop blow?
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    Battery bay and connectors aren't damp at all.
    Charger connector sits securely.

    Might be a fuse or wire. Will check with another charger tomorrow just in case problem is in the charger.
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    If the LED lights on the front are not turning on when you plug it, it's either the charger or the power plug that's faulty but either way the mobo is not getting any juice. Does your dad remember if the battery was running out when the laptop turned off?
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
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    You are the third person I have told this to and fixed both problems. First try taking one stick of ram at a time, if you only have one stick of ram get a test and working stick to try out. Make sure charger is working under a 1 amp load, it maybe working just not 100% and try moving the charger end that meets the laptop moving it as you hit the power button.
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    Took the charger to a shop today and he confirmed it was the charger that wasn't working. Funny though, cause I checked the tip with a tester and it detected current. Anyways, got a new charger and its working fine now. Thanks for the help and suggestions, everyone.

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