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My HP laptop will not power up or recharge. Fan comes on for a few seconds and then it quietly dies. Have checked and resited all obviously safe things to do that with but no go. Does it have a secret battery like old apple pcs that needs to be changed to make the machine live again? That is only similar problem I have ever had.

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  • gillytaylor Nov 14, 2008

    Bro says we already tested them and got new PSU bits - any other ideas? Thanks by the way!
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Have you tried to replace the battery with a different one and see if the battery isnt at fault

as it has been seen that sometimes the battery backup of HP pavallion notebooks

reduces to very low values( just 30 sec of back up)


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Its either the carger or the battery. if you checked the charger and its good then it must be the battery pack which is dead and no longer holda any charge. so check the charger and try replacing the battery

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That is an hardware problem.

A thing that you can simply test is the RAM.

Remove vattery and unplug adapter first.

Open the RAM door, there you should find two modules. If there is only one you need to test with a replacement module.

Try removing one of them at time, and starting the laptop with one module only.

If it starts, then the module that was out is faulty.

A faulty motherboard will also give you the same problem, but that must be replaced by a technician.

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It isn't the battery. it is the connection from the powersource to the motherboard
read this

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Probably 2 problems 1. Adapter problem or 
2. Laptop PSU (power supply unit) goes week or dam
It needs repair 
Thank you for using FixYa


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Hello!!

Guess the problem lies with battery which u gotta replace!!

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    But u can try changing the power cable once sir!!! And also try the power drain method once!!
    - power drain - unplug th cable, remove the battery, hold
    down th power button for 30-60 seconds and plug the cable back in



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