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Laptop Won't Power On

jonny8159

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I have had my laptop for over 6 years now, and I know that computers, especially laptops, don't last forever. But this has been very faithful to me since the day I bought it, and I'm very disappointed by it's recent issue.

Basically, the laptop has been fine up until a few weeks back. Like normal, I put it on my desk, plugged it in, pressed the power button... But, nothing happened. It won't power on.

I assumed the motherboard had died, or something far worse. However, I then troubleshooted this problem on Acer's support page and went through various steps to diagnose the issue.

I removed the battery, plugged in the AC adapter and it switched on, began to boot up, but only lasted 10 seconds before powering off. Now, it won't do anything.

Is the AC adapter broken or the battery, or the laptop itself?

Any advice? :eek:

EDIT: I have an Acer Aspire 3690

My specs are:

Intel Pentium Celeron 1.7GHz
1GB DDR2 RAM
60GB HDD
256MB Shared Intel Graphics

I know this is outdated, but I still used it for the mobility sake more than anything else. It was great for writing on when out and about. Now I am tied down to my desktop.
 
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6 years is a long time for a laptop, you've certainly gotten your use out of it...I'd look to upgrade personally.

That being said...do you have a voltmeter? Test the charger and see what it is putting out. Try booting something besides Windows (such as a LiveCD of your choice of Linux distribution) and see if it will boot to that.
 
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I have had my laptop for over 6 years now, and I know that computers, especially laptops, don't last forever. But this has been very faithful to me since the day I bought it, and I'm very disappointed by it's recent issue.

Basically, the laptop has been fine up until a few weeks back. Like normal, I put it on my desk, plugged it in, pressed the power button... But, nothing happened. It won't power on.

I assumed the motherboard had died, or something far worse. However, I then troubleshooted this problem on Acer's support page and went through various steps to diagnose the issue.

I removed the battery, plugged in the AC adapter and it switched on, began to boot up, but only lasted 10 seconds before powering off. Now, it won't do anything.

Is the AC adapter broken or the battery, or the laptop itself?

Any advice? :eek:

EDIT: I have an Acer Aspire 3690

My specs are:

Intel Pentium Celeron 1.7GHz
1GB DDR2 RAM
60GB HDD
256MB Shared Intel Graphics

I know this is outdated, but I still used it for the mobility sake more than anything else. It was great for writing on when out and about. Now I am tied down to my desktop.
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After checking the power adapter, take apart the laptop and clean everything, apply new thermal compound and fire it up. Another thing, you said it does not start up. Now tell me, are the lights glowing? Does it turn on and turn off after a few seconds? Does it turn on but won't show any video?? Which one?