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VGN-C290 power issue. PC Dead

PC will not start. No lights, no hard drive spin, no fan noise. Battery and PC Adapter OK.

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Then likely the mobo is fried

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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I have a cq60-dx615 laptop. After 1 yr it started freezing, and then wouldn't start at all. When I turn on the computer the battery and power adapter lights come on, but the disk drive light is dim...


if the fan is dead and the old HDD is pure silent the power pack is dead. (battery out)
no OS stated, then post questions, why> , why make it impossible to help>/ let me guess the virus magnet XP? or worse older?
some are vista and w7 fitted... must I GUESS THIS?

dead laptop 101, (generic)

runs ok battery out, BINGO !
BIOS works? that is first not windows EVER, BIOS works.
does it?
you do know BIOS works with CD drive and HDD drive out right>?
if not the power pack is dead, or the mobo regs are dead.
you can pull ram sticks and run them 1 by 1 to see if one is toasted.
there are many modules on all LT MOBO, that can short out.
a tech pulls them. to learn that.. fact. bingo?

what a tech does is strip it down to near nothing here
to get BIOS alive again. if its goes live the fan spins, see?
if BIOS is dead, all PCs made are dead. hopeless.
BIOS does the boot and hand off to HDD< see?
focus like a laser on BIOS....! and win.

you typed the model wrong, so is now 2 times harder to help you.
Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX Notebook PC


HP has support but not software now, (sadly)

https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/compaq-presario-cq60-600-notebook-pc-series/4074237/model/4121161/manuals


its just a filler page, the service guide is NOW MISSING
so i cant spoon feed you the BIOS hot key
but the black screen page here tell it.

F1, F2, F10 and ESC.
If you boot a working PC (no hdd, no cd drive needed)
you will get a text message. from BIOS
telling the above, secret.

every way on earth to get a black screen or silent pc or dead bios is there. (seems so)

http://pcdied.com/black-screen.html

Jun 03, 2017 | Compaq Presario Notebook

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Dell demension 4600c power light ok, hard drive light not on


sounds like hard drive dead or your boot files corrupted and your hard drive has no input power. could be power unit weak or your hard drive could have died..they do wear out.
do you hear any fans spinning? there are fans to keep your pc cool. one big one for chasis and one small on over processor chip(heatsink). if the smaller fan(especially) does not spin then PC will not boot because chip will heat up and break if no fan. system will protect itself from this by not starting. open chasis and check if small fan is working. if not this is cheap fix. if it spins then hard drive or graphics card may be bad, which gets more expensive. shop will charge average of $75 dollars to analyze-just to tell you what is wrong, not to fix it.

Aug 27, 2012 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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3 beep sound


If a PC suddenly fails to boot properly, you should perform a hard reset as the first action. Performing the hard reset will correct many problems. If the computer still does not start properly, select your symptom from the list below to guide you to the recommended corrective actions.
  1. Disconnect all peripheral devices and remove all USB devices and SD media cards. You want to test the computer not the accessories!
  2. Disconnect the AC power adapter, remove the battery, and then press and hold the power button for at least 15 seconds to drain all residual power and restore default startup settings.
  3. Reconnect the AC power adapter (but do not insert the battery), Press the Power button, Look for glowing LEDs near caps lock and num lock keys, and Listen for sounds of a fan or other moving parts turning.
  4. If the computer does not start, the LED lights do not glow, and the display is black, you can perform one or more of the following actions to resolve the no power issue.
    • Verify the computer is receiving power from the AC adapter . Verify that the AC adapter is not damaged and is connected correctly to a working wall outlet plug. Verify AC power is connected to the system board by examining the AC adapter, wiring, and pin connection for damage. The keyboard LEDs will glow when AC power is connected to the system board. Damaged components, like the AC adapter or the pin in the power connector, may require an HP-certified repair.
    • Use a different AC power adapter . If you have access to a different AC adapter or power pack that is designed for the computer, connect it to the notebook and try to start the computer. If you own or have access to more than one notebook, verify that you are using the adapter which belongs to the notebook. CAUTION: Using a power adapter that does not meet the power requirements or has the wrong type of connector may damage the computer. On newer notebook models, connecting the wrong adapter to the notebook may cause the power LED lights to blink but not power the computer.
    • Remove the battery and boot on AC power only . A discharged or defective battery may prevent the AC adapter from supplying enough power to start the computer. To verify that power from the AC adapter is available for PC; remove the battery, connect AC power adapter, and press power button. If available, try using a different AC adapter, that is rated for the PC, and repeat this test.
    • Remove the AC adapter and boot on battery power only . A defective AC adapter may not charge the battery and prevent the computer from booting on battery power only. To verify battery power available for the PC; connect AC power adapter, allow battery to charge for 30 minutes or more, disconnect the power adapter and press power button. If available, try using a fully charged battery, of the same type, from another computer and repeat this test.
      • If LEDS do not glow and the fan or hard drive do not spin, battery may need to be replaced.
      • If tests of both the battery and the AC adapter fail, there may be a problem with system board requiring service by HP.
      • If LEDs glow and PC boots, the AC adapter may need to be replaced.
      • If LEDs glow, but PC does not boot go to LEDs glow, fan is heard, but display is black or blank section.

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My vaio vgn-cs320j makes a loud spinning noise that comes and goes every few seconds or minutes. Is it the fan not working properly or some other issue, or is that just what the fan sounds like? if it is...


Usually Sound from Notebook are from CPU cooling fan and from Hard drive.

But It's hardly occur in the case of Hard drive.we called it Hard drive failure and the only solution for this is new replacement.

Your problem could be CPU cooling fan not working properly. Open the Notebook ( it will be easy if you refer to manual on how to open) and start the system now, you will be able to pinpoint what causes the sound.

Clean the CPU cooling fan with an air blower and re-check if the problem still persists.

If OK,then close the Notebook otherwise replace the CPU Cooling fan with a new one.

Jan 13, 2010 | Sony VAIO VGN-CS320J Notebook

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Compaq laptop 6710b, wont turn on battery now gone flat ac adapter ok,no lights comes on no fan no hard drive whiring absolute dead suggestions please Thanks


I know batteries cost a little, but replace it. The power connection works through the battery charging unit. If the battery is no good, your connection is lost.

Jun 11, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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HP Pavilion zv6000 won't power up after getting zapped


It sounds like you have a piece of junk, the hard drive mighr be OK , if it is you can put it into a USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive.

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My VGN-C290 will not power-up. PC dead.


Try removing the battery and unplugging machine. There may be a reset button (look on bottom of computer). Reset. Plug in and try again.

Apr 24, 2009 | Sony Computers & Internet

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Computer never starts


You just Replaced 2 things that have nothing to do with your Issue...

You Need to check your RAM and Hard Drive....Reseat Your Ram and test it
Also Make Sure Your Hard Drive is correctly in its slot..

That Make / Model is known for having a Faulty Nvidia CHip... Which causes that rebooting... Not Sure If THats Whats Happening with yours.. But Look Into It... They Are Repairing These Boards due to Recalled Chips...

Try Removing Your WiFi Card and Your Hard Drive....Remove Your Battery as well.... Plug In AC Adapter and try to power on the laptop.....

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