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Went into hibernation, now no power!

I have taken all components out of the laptop except the cpu heatsink and 1 RAM, and did not get anything on the diaply again once I powered up. I did notice that the thermal grease was hard and dried up on the heat sink and processor, removed the old grease, and applied new grease. Nothing came on at first, so I popped in the System Restore disc, and it finally came on after days of not working, however that did not last long, it hibernated, and now it will not power on again. Same ol' thing, power l ight comes on, cd rom spins, CPU fan is on, nothing on diaply or any other lights. What could have gone wrong? Bad motherboard maybe?

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  • Luke Stewart Jul 21, 2009

    Thanks Tim,

    I had tried swapping out the RAM and it made no difference, I had tried all components to see if I can find what was wrong by trial and elimination, but I get the same results. I think it has been having some heat issues for a while, it was running extremely hot, the stickers underneath were curling from the excess heat, so maybe it's the motherboard, overheated, it was working for all of 20 mins, and once it went into hibernation that was it. I think this one may just be scrap, this would be the second time the motherboard would be replaced.

  • Luke Stewart Jul 21, 2009

    It was helpful...



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That definitely sounds like a bad motherboard to me. I would try swapping the stick of ram with the other one (if you have another one) and see if that makes any difference. It's normal for thermal grease to dry up after a long while like that, it's possible that it had some heat issues and the processor finally gave out. It's definitely one of the three things you mentioned there, in order of likeliness I'd say motherboard, CPU, then RAM.

Let me know what you think, without parts that you know work to swap in and verify it's almost impossible to know which is the culprit.


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