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I have a compaq 1200 laptop that won't turn on when i plug in the power supply the green light turns on but the computer won't turn on. I need a fix for it.

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The first step I would take is to unplug both the AC adapter and battery from the laptop, then press and hold the power button down for about 15-20 seconds to flush any remaining power from the system. Then plug just the AC power in and try turning it on. If it turns on, then plug your battery back in, and you should be alright, unless your battery causes the problem again, in which case you'll have to run it without the battery (And don't bother looking into getting a replacement, this computer is far too old for that).

If it still doesn't turn on though, then what you may need to do is, make sure it's off, remove the power/battery again, and locate where the RAM modules are installed on the unit, and remove them, then plug it back into AC power only, and try turning the unit back on. Hopefully what this should do, is not only turn the unit on, but also get the computer to emit a series of POST error beeps. If it beeps, then it's more than likely one of your sticks of RAM that's failing (but again, due to the age of the computer you probably won't have much luck finding replacements), but if it still doesn't turn on after removing RAM, then, it's more than likely a failed motherboard in the unit.

I think the bottom line, for this laptop, is that it's probably time to retire it for good. This is quite an aged laptop (Shipped with Windows 98 SE, 32MB RAM...) so chances are pretty good that it's reached end-of-life. If you're concerned over retrieving the data from the laptop though, you're probably still in good shape to have it done. You can either have an authorized repair center do it for you, or, if you want to do it yourself, purchase a 2.5" IDE notebook hard drive enclosure. Which will basically turn your internal hard drive into an external USB one that you can plug into a new computer to retrieve your data.

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