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Life-Drive will not power on.

When I plug the Lifedrive into an outlet, the battery light shows thats its charging, but, the darn thing still will not turn on. I dont know how to solve this as it is out of warrenty, and to say the least a rather irritating problem. Absolutely nothing has happened to it, as far as a drop or water damage. Its been taken well care of, and all of a sudden, it wont power on anymore... ANY help will be just that.

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Re: Life-Drive will not power on.

I had the same problem this morning. I removed the battery as above with no result!! Touched the power switch again and got a momentary flash from the power light. A couple of GENTLE puffs of air around the switch and hey presto away it went. It seems likely that dust etc. can get through the edges of the switch and eventually hold the contact blades apart.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007

Re: Life-Drive will not power on.

I don't know how much technical skill you have, but I had the same problem and the warrenty had expired. I thought it might be a battery problem. To make a long story short I unpluged the internal battery and pluged it back in and the system came on.

Posted on Jun 24, 2007

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