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How can I tell if a power surge hit my laptop and ruined it? I can't even get it to boot up

How can I tell if a power surge hit my laptop and ruined it? I can't even get it to boot up

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Steven, A) One eye symbol is a sign of the Illuminati. 2) You gonna give up? Just started here. Enough of the assumptions. 3) Need to discern here; A) Not boot up. Means computer seems to turn on, but Windows doesn't show up. (I'm not a MAC man) B) Doesn't turn on. This would be your, "...there isn't even a flicker." Fan doesn't spin, LED's do not light,...nada. Now post the laptop manufacturer name, and model number in a Comment. (You could wake up tomorrow, and say, "Oh, just another day", or you could say, "I fixed my laptop.")

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It could either be that the motherboard is fried or the Hard drive has just gotten slightly corrupted. If you have the Windows install disk that came with it you could boot that up and then go into repair mode (press R) and then run "chkdsk /r" this would fix a hard drive issue. However if your laptop will not turn on at all when you press the power button then it is likely dead.

Posted on Nov 07, 2012

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Check voltage of AC adapter with voltmeter and make sure voltage matchs the output noted on the adapter and the bottom of the laptop.
Make sure the voltage is steady and not jumping all over. If you have another adapter with the same output voltage and AMPs equal to or greater than the required AMPs, try that. This will rule out the adapter if you still have the same problem.

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