Question about Toshiba Satellite M35X-S149 Notebook
When I need to turn my Toshiba M35X-S149 laptop on, I push the power button and I hear disk activity (whirring) and depending on what's plug in I see the power light indicators as green, green, orange or green, green, green or some kind of variation on that. The power button remains blue and the laptop will sit there and do nothing. I don't hear any more disk activity but it will sit there and the fan will turn on every now and again. Maybe it thinks it's in hibernation or sleep mode but repeated button pushing and touch pad touching does not do anything to the laptop. It does turn on every now and then if I close the laptop and then open it and pushed the screen as far back as it can go before bringing it up again to its upright position (not the greatest solution). Most times, it doesn't work and I sit there restarting until it does work, which it hasn't in quite a while. I took it apart last night to see if it was hardware, but everything looked fine to me, no visible shorts and it was clean.
This is a well known problem and easily fixable, but before I get to that, let's do a Diagnostics 101: Your laptop doesn't even get to the logo screen, which means it doesn't even get to test the hardware (phase1) and of course there's no way you can get into the BIOS because that's phase2 of the power up process. Your laptop is stuck in phase0, i.e. it can't even turn on. This means your laptop as an electronic device has failed so no matter what components you replace, it still won't boot because the motherboard is dead.
Now the repair: Your laptop suffers from the Maxim chip problem, a well known and perfectly fixable issue with the motherboard. I do the repair in under an hour: removing the motherboard, repair and reassembly. The trick is to resolder this Maxim power driver chip in such a way that the solder alloy is redistributed along each pin. This technique is a well guarded secret among electronics tech repair professionals, but it really isn't a big deal. Anyone can do it with the right info. So I wrote up an illustrated guide, step by step, so anyone can follow it and repair this Maxim issue at home. Here's the tutorial on how to repair the dead Toshiba m35 laptop.
Between 2002 and 2007 a lot of other laptops had this same problem with this Maxim chip that caused all kinds of weird problems with both Toshiba and HP models such as the m30, m35, m115, A65, A75 etc, and the HP NC6000, NC7000 and NC9000 series. It's a long story that Toshiba paid millions of dollars in law disputes. Here's the tutorial on how to repair the dead Toshiba m35 laptop. Take a look at the post for symptoms and solution, and don't forget to leave a comment if you find it helpful.
Posted on Aug 16, 2010
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