Question about Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

2 Answers

Compaq Armada e500 refuses to start!

When i press the on button i get the the 3 indicator leds for a few seconds but nothing else. Have tried 2 batteries and 2 power supplys so there are ruled out. any ideas???

Posted by on

  • paul59 Mar 10, 2008

    I also have a Compaq Armada E500 that refuses to start. When I turn on the power button on the switch cover of the laptop I only get the 3 green indicator lights for about 2 seconds and **thing else (the fan, the HDD, the CD dirive don't start); only the yellow charging battery led indicator is on when I plugged the AC power supply, which turned off when the battery was fully charged after about two hours. I tried 2 different batteries and morevorer I changed the system board and processor with ** successfull result. I haven't changed: 1) the DC-DC voltage converter board, 2) the cooling fan and 3) the RTC battery. Any suggestion to solve this problem is appreciated.



2 Answers

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I recently had this problem. I know this will sound weird - 1. Plug out the power supply. 2. Remove the battery. 3. Wait for about 2 minutes for the residual current todrain. 4. Plug in the power and immediately slide in the battery. This worked most of the time. I warned you, this sounds weird.

Posted on May 04, 2007

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 2,961 Answers

An immediate boot fail normally either indicates a flat cmos battery or a faulty processor. My advice is to take to a qualified repair shop, as notebook are not as easy to work with as desktops and finding the cmos battery alone can be a headache.

Posted on Nov 20, 2006


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How can i bypass my forgot admin password on my compaq armada e500

With the older Compaq Armada E500 Notebook PC, I believe;

1) Remove the CMOS battery.

2) Leave it out for 30 minutes.

3) Press the Power On button, and hold it for a count of 10 seconds. Let go of the Power On button.

Press it again. If the Power On light comes on, hold the Power On button in, until the light goes out. Keep pressing, and holding the Power On button in, until the Power On LED light does Not come on anymore.

Reinstall the CMOS battery. WAIT 1 minute, turn the laptop on.

If this doesn't do it, there is a capacitor inside the laptop keeping residual power. There may be two copper pads that are briefly touched across, to dissipate this residual power.

Perform the removal of the CMOS battery first. If this doesn't work I'll try to find info on the copper pads. (They are usually under the Wireless Card, and a small piece of Mylar plastic sheet)

Post back in a Comment as to your findings.


Jan 22, 2012 | Compaq Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Can i put pc133 in a compaq armada e500,it turns on but nothing on screen

you can put on compaq e500, because e500 Pentium 3 and use DIMM PC133, but not show on screen you must sure your DIMM no broken.

Apr 08, 2011 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

2 Answers

How to enter in the bios

Press F10 just after powering the PC, to access BIOS of your Compaq Armada E500 Notebook.

Dont forget to appreciate the solution if I could have been of any help!

Dec 07, 2010 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

1 Answer

My armada e500 will turn on, do the little compaq sign then just stay on a blank screen and won't do anything further. HELP!!!!


Try draining the flea power first:

1. Remove the battery and ac adapter
2. Press and hold the power button for at least 10sec.
3. Put back the battery and ac adapter
4. Turn on the computer

Check if it will load to windows, if not, there could be a problem with windows. Try startup repair on advanced boot options. Hope this helps.

May 13, 2010 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

1 Answer

Armada E500 notebook Power button not responding.

Unless you took the batteries to a service center, I am dubious about your ability to confirm the main battery is holding a charge. The average lifespan of these kinds of batteries range between 3-5 years and is likely at the end of its lifespan. This would explain the diminishing performance over the last year if there were significant power or power circuit issues, they would likely be observed on AC power as well. This model of laptop requires the battery calibration utility be run in order for the laptop use the battery. In fact, the battery can show a full charge and still not function if the utility and battery have not been properly configured.. . . instructions on HOW TO do this below. If this doesn't FixYa then the battery will need to be replaced (links to replacement sources),----- OR --- You will still have to run the configuration utility when you receive your new battery.
Link to Armada e500 manuals:
How to run config utility: Standby and hibernation must be disabled for the battery to discharge completely and shut off. To use the Battery Calibration utility, first identify whether the battery requires calibration by launching the Power Management applet as described above. On the Battery Calibration tab, all installed batteries will be displayed in the primary list box. Next to each battery name will be an indication of whether calibration is required for that battery. If calibration is necessary, the phrase “Needs Calibration” will be displayed. Select the battery to be calibrated, and click the Start Calibration button. During calibration, the utility will display an icon on the Windows System Tray to indicate that calibration is in progress. Each phase of calibration (charging or discharging) will also be displayed. Calibration is complete when the icon is no longer displayed in the System Tray. Battery calibration requires several hours for completion. If you choose to continue using the computer during the calibration process, it must be connected to AC power. The calibration process must be allowed to finish without interruption. Performing any of the following actions will prematurely terminate calibration:  Clicking the Stop Calibrating button in the Compaq Power tab.  Unplugging AC power from the computer.  Unplugging the calibrating battery. (This action may result in data loss if a second battery is not installed.)  Undocking the computer.  Pressing the power or standby button.  Powering down or suspending the machine by using the Windows menu. IMPORTANT: If the calibration process is interrupted, it cannot be resumed. You must restart the computer and start the process again.
CALIBRATING WITHOUT THE UTILITY To calibrate a battery on computers without the battery calibration utility, complete the following steps: 1. Remove the second battery, if present, so that only the battery needing calibration remains in the computer. 2. Dock the computer or connect the computer to AC power. 3. Turn on the computer. 4. Check the current battery capacity level by positioning the cursor over the battery icon in the system tray. 5. Allow the battery to charge to 100%. You may use the computer, but the recharging process will require more time. 6. Set the system to “drain” mode on the battery conservation settings by pressing Fn+F7, or select Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power (or Compaq Power in Windows NT). 7. Undock the computer or disconnect the computer from AC power. 8. Restart the computer in MS-DOS mode by clicking Start > Shut Down > Restart the Computer in MS-DOS Mode > OK. 9. Allow the computer to discharge until it shuts off. 10. Dock the computer or reconnect AC power. 11. Allow the computer to charge again to 100% as in Step 5.

Feb 19, 2010 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

1 Answer

My laptop displays nothing when switched on.

I have the smae laptop as u and this hapend to me, what i acidently did was hold down the Fn button and press f10 . To get ur display back up do the same thing Hold down Fn and press F10

hope this helps :)

Feb 16, 2009 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

1 Answer

How do i unlock my compaq armada e500?


Mar 14, 2008 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

1 Answer


Try external monitor!If it work the problem is VGA!

Dec 07, 2007 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

1 Answer

Compaq Armada E500 - Increase Memory

Try one only 256 it should work now. You cannot use a 256 with a 64 it just will not work it is physically impossible. I know with some of those older models and Im picking yours is because you mention you were using 2x64. What you should have done was to buy two x 128 I am possitive your board can only handle 256mb of ram. Try the one only and if it works use that I dont think two of them will work not on that board?? Let me know ok. You might wanna clean your machine out with a software like this and its 30 days trial but has all features till it expires: else if you dont want to take my advice on your laptop you can always go here:

Sep 13, 2007 | Compaq Armada E500 Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
Compaq Armada E500 Notebook Logo

Related Topics:

237 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Compaq Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18420 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2678 Answers

Lee Durbin
Lee Durbin

Level 3 Expert

408 Answers

Are you a Compaq Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides