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No Power - Power Indicator 3 Seconds

When I plug in the AC adapter the power indicator (lighting bolt) comes on for 3 seconds and then shuts off. It should be noted that the battery stop taking and holding a charge a while back so the computer has only been working when the AC power was plugged in. Then the other day... the computer shut down in the middle of operation. If you unplug and replug the power cord into the computer the lighting bolt comes on for 3 second then turns off. Any ideas or suggestions as to a possible cause?? Thank you.

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This line of hp notebooks is the most notorious for power jack issues. There a re a few different symtpoms but 95% of all problems can be fixed with a power jack resoldering or replacement. It very rarely damages anything else on the motherboardis and seldom has anything to do with the power adapter/supply itself. There are a few options:

1) take to computer repair shop and get new power adapter. (As this requires a complete tear down of the notebook, it can be a bit expensive in terms of labor. The part is less than $10 on ebay and is readily available. You can download the service manual and break down the notebook yourself and take just the mb and new adapter to the shop and save some money. I don't recommend attempting to soldering on the MB yourself

2) If you don't need portability as much as just being able to use the laptop at home, then purchase an xb2000 expansion base from craigslist and power thru the docking port on the side. Be sure and confirm that the adapter is included with the purchase as some owners may have discarded it since their particular model didn't need it.

3) If you can manage to get an XC1000 cable for a reasonable price off ebay or craigslist, this is a portable option. However, as they stopped making these All-In-One media cables a while back, those who have them know their value and command a pretty hefty price. I personally would rather pay a computer repair shop a $150 before I pay some person who capitalizes on my misfortune.

4) I am in the process of confirming this least expensive solution but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
-- adapter from the xb2000 expansion base (you can pick these up cheap or free)
-- xc2000 all-in-one media cable ($35 - $50)
-- 120w power adapter for Presario R4000,R4100, R4200, and Pavilion ZV6000 (oval shaped multi-pin connection required.) Note: The original lower wattage adapter will not work. ($25 - $30)
Although this solution may cost a little bit depending on how creative you are, you can sell your old power adapter to offset the cost of the new adapter AND you can sell all 3 for what you paid when the laptop dies completely.

5) the paper clip trick has been known to solve a few problems where the connection in the socket is the problem

Ultimately, you can purchase a MB and replace it your self, the MBs run around $150 and you can use the service manual to break down the notebook. However, this is only a recommended solution if you have video problems since breaking down the laptop is just time consuming and the soldering of the power adapter is cheap

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Re: No Power - Power Indicator 3 Seconds

Power jack is not faulty. It merely comes loose from the circuit board.

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Dc power jack needs to be replaced!

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Re: No Power - Power Indicator 3 Seconds

Well there are a lot of reason this could be happening to your computer and or laptops,

hit the power button, you hear everything turn on and within a few seconds it shut down without showing anything on the screen,

Well here are a couple of things you could try.

1 try a different power adapter.
2. remove the battery , CDrom , hard drive. ( then turn it back on and see if that helps.
3. remove the processor if possible and seat it back on .
4 remove the ram and sit it back on, If possible, Try to remove the ram completely and then try to boot your PC on and see if you hear any beep, If you do, Add your ram back then try to turn it on.
5. make sure the fan is turning on, Even though if the fan fails, The computer should boot up for about 35 to 65 seconds, Enough time to see something show on the screen
6. If you have a Video card install on your laptop and is removable, remove it and use a external monitor.
7. If you have a spare processor, you might want to go ahead and switch it and see if the processor if the problem,

8. if the problem still persist after all this, Then is a good chance you will need to replace the motherboard .

hope this helps, Mike from

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I bought my HP Pavilion zv5000 in May 2004. it was a great laptop until about three months ago when the screen would get darker. I would jiggle the adaptor plug at the port and it would come back brighter for awhile. Then it got to the point where I was constantly jiggling the cord only to get it back on ac adaptor and then it would go out again. I consulted a guy near my office who fixes computers. he suggested that the pin in the port was loose. Sure enough, when I got home that night I used an unbent paper clip to touch the pin and it was loose. So I used the paper clip and slid it in with the plug from the ac adaptor to the port. That fixed it and it hasn't gone dark on me yet. Obviously, I know that the overallproblem needs to be fixed, but this laptop is my lifeline for my business when I'm at home. The computer dude told me that it if he fixed it it would take about a week. Can't afford to be without it for that long.

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I own a zd7000 and prop it up with a one x 2 to allow better air flow but that hasn't help the power jack problem!
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Hope this helps as I have the same prob on my sons laptop and am about to hardwire the cable to the board or fit another adaptor - but fancy a hardwired short lead with external adaptor....

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