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My Compaq wont turn on!

Haven't used old my laptop in quite some time, then i went to start it up a few moments ago and it promted Windows XP log in, which i had NEVER seen before during start up... we tried the F8 tip posted here to reset password in safemode, but after shutting it down we tried to restart to log in with new password, the computer wont turn on. The "lightning bolt" symbol on the front flashes 3 times when the power button is pressed, and that is it. Please help.

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Re: My Compaq wont turn on!

That flashing usually indicates a battery/power issue. Could the battery be dead? And/Or the power cable? Normally the power cable has a "brick" in the middle, and that connection could be loose. In many cases that brick has a led light when it is plugged it. Does your machine have that light and if so, is it lit? Does the "charging" or "AC power" light go on when it's connected via the power cable? Lastly, try removing the battery entirely, and using just the power cable, to make sure the battery is not causing the problem.

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