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Athlon HP won't power - NOT AC adaptor or DC jack on board.

I have an old Athlon based Hewlett Packard which came across my work station with a puzzling issue.

It won't power up at ALL - The AC to DC adaptor works fine, and checking the terminals in the mainboard - I get the 19VDC, aswell as if I check from the tip connector to an earth position on the chassis.

No lights, nothing at all.

The battery has charge, it's GETTING charge but nothing else.
Fan doesnt spool up either.

Oh and I get voltage across the solder points on the power switch on the other side of the board.

VERY puzzling!!!

please help!

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  • brodieman23 Feb 26, 2009

    Hi - I checked what I thought was the internal fuse (has ET 5A written on it). It has continuity. Attached is a pic to see if you can clarify if im testing the right component.
    SORRY ABOUT MR BLURRY CAM! - I dont have a good cam with me let alone one with macro zoom

  • brodieman23 Feb 27, 2009

    Oops - I just noticed a major error - the computer is a Packard Bell not a HP (stupid mistake dammit).

    Looked everywhere else on the mobo for other fuses - but cannot find. Just to be 100% sure im gonna resolder the DC jack and a few others (including mounting a M205 5A glass fuse onto the exposed board) just to see what will occur.


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There are small rectangular surface mounted fuses inside on the motherboard that may be open. These will be small and white with the circuit designation Fxxx written on the board. Look for these first and check them.

Update this with what you find.


Posted on Feb 26, 2009

  • ABRsvcs Feb 26, 2009

    There is probably anothr located closer to the fron of the laptop as well. Look for that one too.



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