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Hp pavilion dv6633 won't start. Light up, then

Hp pavilion dv6633 won't start. Light up, then turns off. HELP!

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  • janielwilson Jun 16, 2009

    Thank you all for your help. I am on vacation and was going to catch up on some work, but, now I can't. I'm terrified to tear anything apart. I will just have to take it in when I get thome.

    It had been "freezing" and I would manually shut it off. Most of the time I would put it on "sleep" mode if I was going to be away from it for a few minuters. I did this on Saturday night and it "froze". So, I powered it off, and it won't power back on. I've taken the battery out, but nothing else.

    I'd pay someone to fix it remotely, but they can't very well do that if it won't power on!

    Thanks again for all your help. But I guess this just isn't going to be a "quick fix", unfortunately. Too bad computers don't last more than 18 months! You can bet my next one won't be an HP!

    Thanks again, to all of you who responded.



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Sorry to here about your DV6633 start up problems.
1st. It would be good to know any other problems you may have had in the past either related or non related to you current problems..
I take it you are running with a charged battery? and the unit has not been dropped lately.?
2nd. If you are receiving a charge light on the front left of cover, your battery is charging and your power supply is in working condition.
3rd. I would remove any media from the CD/DVD and disconnect battery and with incoming power from supply.
4th. Flip unit over and remove the large Black cover, where you will find the Memory and CMOS Battery.
5ft. Carefully remove memory setting them side from contact with other components.
6st. Disconnect CMOS Battery found at the top right of memory. This is the battery backup for memory, system time and date and other features. This with have a white connector which connects to the board.
7th. Flip unit over and open case cover, hold down the power button for at least 30 seconds.
release the power button and close case. Flip back over to bottom again.
8th. Reinstall the CMOS Battery Connector, memory, cover.
9th. and last of all the Smaller Black Cover just to the left is where your Hard Drive is located.
remove the two screws and cover, on the Top of the Hard Drive you should see a Plastic Pull Tab to remove the Hard Drive.
Remove the drive carefully it is frag-il. Re-seat the drive and re-install cover.
Turn the unit over, re-install the battery, plug it in an turn it on.
Pressing the F-10 key will enter the BIOS setting, here you can change the time and date.
Note if you have not been prompted to change Time and Date, you did not remove CMOS battery.
If the unit will run in the BIOS setup, your problem is more than likely software related.
You should have a Utility for checking Hard Drive which in most cases takes about 1-hour, unless you have a failed hard drive, this will show in most cases within the first five minutes because the boot sector is the first and last to be checked by the utility.

If all checks OK you may want to reload your firm and software to factory specs.
This can be done buy hitting the F-7 Key at the start up. ( That is, if you haven't deleted the recovery partition.)
Good luck, keep the unit off the carpet and Bed as it will not vent or cool properly.
John Ray

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  • John Ray Jun 16, 2009

    Sorry to here you are still having problems with your HP.. If you are planning to bring unit in for repair, I would look for a tech or company, that offers a repair charge - only if the unit is repaired. Or NO FIX, NO CHARGE.

    Before you go thru all that, bring your charger to radio shack and ask them to check it for you.
    If you have gone thru all that I have listed before in text, you may have other problems, you may not have listed.
    If your battery is taking a charge or the charge light go out after a hour or so of flat charging,(unit not running, just charging battery) you may have a Hard Drive problem or worst.

    I am interested to know if the unit boots into the BIOS and runs for any length of time.??
    Pressing the F-10 key at startup will bring you into the BIOS.
    Let me know as maybe you have not completed all above or have.??
    Good luck


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It may be your power supply see if that is putting out the right volts first I think

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Other possibilities are pretty ugly.  Like a BIOS setting got changed to something incompatible with your hardware (pressing F1 or maybe Esc or Del when turning on the unit would get you to the BIOS settings).  Or a memory chip got fried.  Or the CPU chip is overheating because its gotten a little loose from its heatsink.  Or the hard drive has developed a bad sector or corrupted data where the boot sector is located.  Describing exactly what appears on the screen (and any peculiar beeps) during the few seconds its on could help sort out these possibilities, but you'd likely need an in-person geek to fix any of these possibilities.

Best wishes,


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