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Dead motherboard? I own a Compaq NX7010 laptop. A about a year ago, I upgraded the bios when the hard drive died so that I could install a larger hard drive. After that, about 3 months ago, I upgraded the memory as well, to it's maximum (2G). Everything was fine until about 4 weeks ago, when I went to boot it up, and got a blank screen. At first I thought it was the screen, but I was hooked to a KVM switch at the time, and realized I was getting nothing on the monitor as well. So then I considered the graphics card, until I realized that none of the controls appeared to work. For example, the wireless indicator was lit, but pushing the wireless on/off button did nothing. The keyboard did nothing. The volume control - nada. I could hear/see the fan spool up, and I could hear the cd drive spin up and then stop as normal. I was not sure about the hard drive. I removed AC, removed the battery, pressed the power on for 30 seconds, removed and reseated both the new memory and the hard drive, put it all back together...nothing. And then it occurred to me that I was not even getting the POST screen. So, that would seem to indicate the motherboard is toast, right? My question is, what are my options here? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • d1sc0mb0bul8 Mar 09, 2009

    Thanks for the help, people.

    So, would I just replace it at $400, get a "repair kit", or just get a new laptop? I know that is more a matter of opinion, but just curious what yours would be.

  • d1sc0mb0bul8 Mar 09, 2009

    Well, I don't readily have a voltmeter handy, but would that really cause that? And so sudden? Literally it was fine one day and dead the next.

    I should point out that as I removed the memory, I tried booting it up and got the same results. So I know that the memory is not the cause.

  • George Bill
    George Bill May 11, 2010

    If it were mine and the power supply was good, that would mean it was either the processor or the board or both, the rom chip may be the culprit, so I think it's resonable to try replacing that first if you are getting the proper voltage out.

  • George Bill
    George Bill May 11, 2010

    A voltmeter would be the way to go, it may just be a power supply.,also the bios rom chip could have went, here is a site that you can get a replacement


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Try removing the memory one by one try that first if that does not resolve then It would be your motherboard.

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    John Cole Mar 09, 2009

    If you just replace the motherboard depending on the cost of the labor it would be cheaper to go with replacing the board but if you want a reason to get a new laptop that would be sufficient also.


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