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Powers off at random, or won't turn on at all

We have an R31 with a Pentium III 1.13 GHz processor. It runs XP Pro. Here is the problem:
-If it powers up at all, it sometimes will run way past the boot cycle for an hour or so and then shut off without warning. Sometimes it will start and try to boot up, then shut off without warning.
-If it is in the docking station, usually it will power up and stay running, unless it is moved. Then it will shut off.
-The times that it does not power up (usually when it is out of the docking station), occasionally there will be a "sizzling" noise coming from the area underneath the laptop where it docks (underneath the power button more or less). When this happens, if I press the power button, it will not power on, but the keyboard light at the top of the screen will illuminate while the power button is being pressed. Sometimes if I smack the underside of the laptop with my hand, it will stop the "sizzling" noise and might start up (but not stay running for long)

Things I have tried:
- swapping batteries, no difference
- running without a battery just plugged in with AC adapter, no difference

If anyone has ANY suggestions and/or insight to what the problem might be, I would be forever grateful! Right now the laptop is a paperweight.
Thank you so much.
Steve

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  • King Tex Mar 14, 2008

    That's what I was thinking too. There's probably dirt or something on the motherboard and/or something up with the power supply. To open, you basically have to pop the keyboard out (taking the screws out first on the bottom), right?
    Thanks

  • kenv1 Jul 26, 2008

    Same sudden black out problem, restarts again on its own. PC repair shop said not worth the price of fixing. Could be power or motherboard problem.

  • kenv1 May 11, 2010

    I have the same problem. Screen blacks out, and restarts again. Took it to a PC repair shop. Also suspected motherboard or power problem, not worth the price of repairing.



    But I would like to try to fix it myself. Is that possible? Can anyone direct me to more specific procedures? Thanks

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Hmmm..the sizzling may be some junk inside on the motherboard...you know how to open this paperweight up?

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

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    Patrick Michaels Mar 15, 2008

    yes..keyboard popping..make sure you use a lime when popping that keyboad(oops..that's for A Corona)

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