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Battery status LED blinkings amber

Acer TravelMate 3260 can't power. The battery status LED blinks amber (orange) for while and goes off. Tried powering using Ac outlet with battery removed. Also tried with battery alone without Ac power. All the same, this symptom persists.
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Try removing the power cable and battery, while these are removed press and hold the power button on the laptop for 30 seconds. this is called a hard reset, what it does is drains any residual power in the laptop. if this does not work, that means there is an issue with the motherboard. to have it sent in would cost about $398, give or take.

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