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Everex stepnote NC1502 dies randomly, but less often with the access covers removed. With the covers in place (even loosley) the systems will NEVER boot but the wifi radio light stays lit. With the covers off it will boot roughly 70% of the time but will hang after a random interval from 0 to 30 minutes - usually in about 2 but we've been lucky a couple of times. Of course, this started happening exactly on the day AFTER the warranty expired (11/20). I thought it was an overheat problem, but even after being off all night, the hang-time is generally random (even sitting at the BIOS screens - unless the covers are on as described previously).

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Without getting too technical, you have a short. The back covers are shielded for a reason, and a portion of the metal may be touching the board itself. "Duh, I know" is probably your response, but take a peek also at the edges of the casing... are their any soldered connections that are loose? The unwanted connection may not be to the board, but perhaps the USB port or headphone jack. Crazy? Maybe, but I've seen sillier "bad connections" that have caused more trouble!

Hope this helps!

Posted on Sep 01, 2009

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