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Acer Aspire 5050 won't power on

When attempting to power on the unit, regardless of whether the battery is in or not, the HDD light will come on momentarily and all fans will power up, then all noise from the fans will stop and the light goes off. The light on the power button stays on, but nothing happens and no picture ever comes up. I tried unplugging the power cord and removing the battery and pushing the power button to drain the power in the laptop, but still no success. The unit worked as recently as last night, only to wake up this morning and find it not working.

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  • monkeyhead Dec 01, 2007

    How exactly do I check that? I'm not sure exactly what part you are referring to.

  • monkeyhead Dec 02, 2007

    That's not it, the battery has power and the AC pack charges it. I know this because I can turn the computer on on battery power only and it does the same thing with the lights and fans even if I leave it on for 20 minutes like that. Also, the AC adapter being plugged in causes the charging lights to light up.

  • monkeyhead Dec 03, 2007

    Well now the light on the front of the laptop that is usually green while being charged is orange. The symptoms are the exact same and the laptop still does the same half ass power on when on AC power only. I'm not really confident enough in my laptop tinkering abilities to remove and reseat the ram without some help on how to do that. I'm more of a pc tech than with laptops.

  • Thomas R Dec 14, 2007

    I have an Acer Ferrari 3200 with the excact same symptoms. Did You ever get it fixed ?

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2007

    My acer 5050 wont power on!  Two days ago my niece knocked it to the ground it worked after that and after I turned it on today it worked for about 10 minutes then turned itself off.  It didn't appeared to have charged the battery. Help!!

  • koravar Mar 01, 2008

    my daughters 6 month old acer aspire 5050 will not turn on, no lights no noise. tried the reset procedure (take out battery hold power button ect.) it had no effect

  • Anonymous Sep 27, 2008

    I have the same problem with my computer. I took it to get fixed and my computer specialist says that the screen needed to be replaced, that the light was bad. And you have to replace the whole screen, not just a bulb. $200 later, the problem was still there. He then said it was a wire that was bent that goes from the computer to the screen. Another $15-$20 part. Still waiting on my laptop, this thing is costing way too much, for just a couple more hundred dollars, I could but a whole new laptop. Geeze



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If anyone is still having symptoms, I have the reason behind the problem. Acer uses a power input jack made of mostly plastic with a sheath of aluminum around it. This sheath has 2 main functions first is to solder it in place on the board, the second is to provide grounding. This very delicate little box made of mostly plastic has a little center node that is broken off if the laptop is drop hard enough, usually 2 feet or more. This center node provides one side of the polarity of electricity in order to power on the laptop. Upon breakage it slips back into the laptop never to interface with the powercord again, thus no charging. I would suggest everyone to look in the hole of their power input jack and you will probably see yellow plastic surrounding a silver post that is dangling in a weird fashion.

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Dewayne5 is right...Almost 5 years after and now I can see the Yellow HARD PLASTIC rectanle is soldered off and cracked...I re-soldered it and it worked, but for the sake of it, I ordered the new part (part # DA0ZR1PB6D1) of Ebay for under $6.00 including shipping and everything:D...

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You need to power it on 2 times, then works good. turn on, tunrn off and again turn on

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If the power's all good try re-seating the ram, or replacing it altogether. You might try removing the battery and power adapter and then pushing the power button, that should clear residual power on the motherboard- and might reset the acer completely. If that does not work it might be a sign of another problem.

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Check your power pack for voltage. if that dont work then your battery could be drained.

Posted on Dec 01, 2007

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    Thomas Christopher Dec 01, 2007

    its the part (tip) that goes into the dc port on your computer

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    Thomas Christopher Dec 02, 2007

    I would then suggest changing out the Battery charger printed circuit board. It seems that the board doesnt know to which source to get the power from.


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