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My HP pavilion tx 1000 will power up, but it will not start up. all lights are on but the hard drive usage light? any suggestions?

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  • merrillbalan Dec 19, 2008

    i have the same problem.lights are on but the hard drive.i tried using the external video to see if it will work on other monitor but it wont.it powers up. email me at merrillbalan@yahoo.com if you hev the solution yet.ty!

  • mamalokka Jan 02, 2009

    I have the same problem.

  • svnstringmas Jan 05, 2009

    it's not the hard drive, i have the same problem, but sometimes it'll start up... i'm just thinking something is wrong with the motherboard from overheating

  • adventghost Jan 13, 2009

    i found the answer to my problem. this computer has an overheating issue. if you set the power levels to anything higher than the hp recommended it will overheat, rather quickly, and the motherboard will fizzle. replacing the motherboard is the only way to fix the issue. if the laptop is still under warranty, you can send it into hp and they will fix it for free. otherwise they will fix it for around $400 i believe.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    Clearly this model has known Overheating problems. Runs fine for months then it overheats (back & right) and the machine locks up. I've tried everything to try and keep things cool down there, including propping the laptop up so there is much more airflow but that doesn't help.



    This is a design flaw as far as I'm concerned....Do I hear a class action lawsuit brewing???

  • bonzeus Apr 07, 2009

    We bought 3 TX1417 of the tx1000 series and one by one their motherboards fail. HP repaired one while we were given a quick fix so that the other one would come on. The tech person told us to remove battery and hold the power down for 15 secs. it worked but symptoms reoccurred right after 2 weeks when the warranty expired !!!!! Now they are askin us to pay 400 for a MBoard. Are they crazy. The third one has4 days wrranty to go but i cant get through to telephone support at all!!! if they dont repair these 3 machines efficiently they will never get my money again.

  • kuniyo Apr 08, 2009

    motherboard burn out ?!?!

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2009

    I have the same problem, however I am out of warranty :( and contacted HP, hoping that HP will recall

  • ChristianPN Apr 24, 2009

    I have a tx1250eo and the same problem.  It started with the computer forgetting the drivers for usb modules, finally the quick launch buttons about six months ago.  Three months later the wireless card stopped working - I thought it was a driver issue but could not resolve it, then I went and got myself an external usb wifi adapter and that worked for a while, a month ago the computer would not start up:  the fan would start and the harddrive would spinn for a few seconds but I would just get a blank screen.  I then went to the store where I bought it and said that I suspected it was a mother board problem since the wireless card is attached to the motherboard on the model.  Allthough my warranty was woid I got the laptop fixed for free (because of a 3 year consumer rule here in Sweden - if there is a problem with a device and it can't be proven that you yourself are to blame then they company has to sort it out) so I got it fixed and everything works now EXCEPT it constantly overheats and shuts down now - and that never happened before - so I will have to take it back for additional repairs.

  • studiojw Apr 30, 2009

    I recently saw my hp pavilion tx1000 started to overheat. now it is overheating and shutting down every 10 min. This is ridiculous. I called and they said if they have a recall, they will take care of everything. I am currently waiting on the phone to speak with the supervisor of the customer service lady.

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Dnt mean to be rude, but its the VGA chip, and definatly not the hard drive...thats if when u boot it up it looks like its gunna boot up ok, but then dies.........you can temerarily resolve this issue if you use the "wet towel method" (google search it) this involves taking ur motherboard out....so dn't try it if u still have a warrenty........ALL OF U WHO HAVE THIS PROBLEM REPORT IT TO HP CUZ WHEN I CALLED THEM THEY SAID IF ENOUGH PPL CONPLAIN THEY WILL HAVE A RECALL!!!!!! You also might wanna look for bad solder jonts on the video chip

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

  • rickhughes33 Sep 29, 2010

    I have a HP pavilion tx 1420. I have had a problem with it over-heating since it was brand new. Also the battery has never held a charge. I sent it to the manufacturer to have the problems taken care of. It still has the same problems. The do not care and will not do any thing to help

  • paras2004 Mar 12, 2011

    This towel trick worked for me as well. Initially my tx1000 did show lights blink for a couple of seconds and the turn off. I pressed the J, K, L, I, O (GPU underneath) keys for a min and then it started showing the black screen with all lights turned on. Then I did the towel trick (put the turned on laptop in blanket) for around an hour. it became pretty warm. I pressed the GPU area again firmly. Let it cool for few mins and started.... WOW!!!! this trick worked very well... dont know for how long it will work but it did atleast to take the data out.... Thnaks everyone for posting it.

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Love my HP Pavilion Tx 1000; it's smokin' fast! (Unfortunately it also runs smokin' hot!) So hot that it would cause a plastic wrapper to crinkle if left too close to the exhause fan! So hot that no one could touch the exit port for more than 3 seconds without pulling their hand away. It got hotter than a July billy goat in a pepper patch!

Anyway you get the point.... it was hotttt! I elevated it and tipped it forward for several months which worked fine. Then my daughter suggested buying a "motorized notebook cooling station". I did so, and it helped immediately! No more screens going' black, re-booting, etc.

The one I bought was manufactured by iConcepts a division of Sakar. Works great - hope this helps.

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First of all, I have on of these laptops, and I have to say, I can't find anything else that comes close in the over-all functionality. portability, on the go global working in another package that is affordable for most of us. My only true dislike is the light bright screen. It just stinks in any sort of light running on battery. I have had mine since August of 2007, and it is still going along, even though it has been around the world on my back 7 times since then. It's done a lot better than my Dell EVER did, and a number of Dell';s I have bought for my company I have had to send back becuase they were so crappily constructed they failed ina week. So, I wouldn;t just screech and run off to Dell right now.

Does that mean there isn't a problem with the Pavillion? No. It runs hot, like most AMD chips, and the design is such that it really isn't getting the ventilation in needs. Fortunately, the Chip itself is very robust to over-heating - I have over heated a few in my time, and have yet to pop an AMD, whereas I have popped a few Intels. Its not like heating is unique to HP's laptop, it's just that HP hasn't managed to get the ventilation right. The blew it.

What this means is that this laptop is VERY VERY sensitive to anything like dust that gets inside onto the heat sink and chip. And because I know how fricken dusty my house is, and how dusty many places I travel are, I open it up and blow it clean everytime the fan really srarts running on high a lot. And it cools it down a lot, each time.

So, get a littel screw driver and open up the face plates on the bottom of the laptop. Remove the cover to the hard drive and pop it out. Remove the cover to the wirless card, and the memory. Remove the cd/dvd player. Blow. Blow hard, blow lots. Blow INTO the air vents on the back of the case. Put it back together, and turn it on. ( If you have a long tiny screw driver you can open the entire back plate as a unit, and blow out more dust).Each time I have noticed a fine spray of dust coming from the colling vents each time, and enough to leave a discernable trace on the table top. Enough to make me sneeze.

Folks, thats a lot of dust in a little computer. Maybe it should be more tolerant, but the fact is, dust like that can really change your chip's temperature. If it didn;t matter we wouldn't have all of our defense computers kept in dustr- freee environments with static temps. In this case, it matters a lot.

But its cooled things down for me every time. Do it BEFORE you continuously over-heat and kill the Mother Board, or another entity.

One thing is for sure, you WILL appreciate one of the most efficient parts accessability laptop I have seen to date. Its a cinch to replace your HD or memory for something better.

Good luck. And yeah, keep on HP about changing the design.

Posted on May 04, 2009

  • Dan Jennings Mar 10, 2011

    The GPU [graphics processing unit] made by NVIDIA runs hot. Even in desktops they run hot but with the compact size of a notebook with little venting, it's worse. Along with the CPU heatsink that plugs up with dust, you need to take the system apart to clean it properly. If you do try this yourself wear latex gloves

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A settlement of a class action lawsuit (The NVIDIA GPU Litigation, Case No. 08-cv-04312-JW) relates to the NVIDIA chips inside certain Dell, Hewlett-Packard ("HP"), and Apple notebook computers. The lawsuit claims that NVIDIA sold defective Graphics Processing Units ("GPU") and Media and Communications Processors ("MCP") that affected the performance of some of the notebook computers in which they were incorporated. NVIDIA denies all allegations of wrongdoing and has asserted many defenses. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.

www.nvidiasettlement.com/ go register asap

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I have been looking for a solution to my TX 1000 shutting down without reason for some time now. Every once in a while I pick it up to tinker with it because I like the machine and frankly it ticked me off that it died two months after the warranty expired. In looking at your comments and other threads here I took a bit of a different approach and dialed back my Power Plan under Control Panel>Power Options. I moved from High Performance to Power Saver, dropped the screen brightest back a notch under Change Plan Settings for Power Saver. I had under 4 minutes to make this happen (typically the longest it would run before it shut off after the last 100+ tries). When I applied the changes my fan, etc. dropped back immediately to normal for the first time in a year, I can actually touch the bottom of the PC without 3rd degree burns plus it has been running solid now for two days without any issues at all... it lives. Just want to say thank you for sharing your experiences here… it was a huge help to me.

Posted on Feb 27, 2010

  • roylabs Sep 05, 2010

    I Also have the same problem with my HP Pavillon Tx 1000 series just right after a week the warranty expires it just died and when you push on the power it will just light up all led and a blank screen and when I ask HP about it, they say that I have to pay around 400 bucks to have it fix. Are they out of their mind? I think this model is just a piece of junk... I don't wanna buy any more hp product...

  • Dan Jennings Mar 10, 2011

    Here is some things to do. Note I purchased this unit in a "non working/for parts" auction.
    Listed problems: no video, no wifi, doesn't work .
    What I did to unit.
    Took it apart

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Your processor is dead. i had this problem over the summer and sent my laptop in under warranty. i got it back with a problem description and a new processor. sorry but it is the design of the laptop. it overheats very easily and my tx1000 is on its way out again.

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I thought my MOBO had gone,notso, it was in fact the CPU, got a new one on ebay for £14.00! (turion 64 2GHz)

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Well, apparantely it's an overheating issue. I never knew this, but my laptop does the same thing all the time. I don't really consider it to be a huge problem, as it always fixes in the end. The way I do it is by turning it on and off multiple times by holding the switch forward until the computer completely responds. I'm not sure if I explained that too well... Basically just push/slide the switch until it works. It will turn off if you hold it for too long. It usually takes me a couple of tries at the most.

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I am a tech for over 10 years, you will need to reflow your motherboard, and also clean your fan. If you need the service done you could contact me at icecoldusa@live.com

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My wifi internal card is not recognozed by vista and I cant get access to the internet.I just cant get the computer to run the wifi card.
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U have to replace the hard drive...

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