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Acer n310 pda power problem

The pda will not switch on at all now. Used to do this, but was cured by removing, then replacing battery, soft resetting. Know at least one other user with exactly the same problem. Can anyone help?
Thanks in anticipation

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  • Anonymous May 22, 2008

    Hello, I have the same problem :( did somebody solve it?
    Many thanks

  • Jackoffski Jun 18, 2008

    got the same problem. hard reset it too much i think its fried.



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I have a Acer pda model C530 and it has a switch that detects if the cover is correctly inserted, check that switch, buy electronic contact cleaner spray and clean it (and clean the battery contacts,on/off button) if possible try with a new or known good battery. If it has dropped to the floor it might have some bad contacts.

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I can only especulate on all the possible reasons, so let go one by one throuh them and their possible solutions:
1. The RX3000 Ipaq family has a known mechanical issue on the switch that senses when the back cover lid is properly closed.

When the switch is nor properly depressed, the PDA won't charge the battery if plugged on the cradle or to the USB sync cable, or won't turn on.

Remove the back cover lid and the battery, put them back again. Check the cover lid is placed flush and that there is not any gap between the cover and the PDA body.

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It the orange LED light won't turn on, it may be either one of these three parts that are defective, or that the back cover lid is not properly closed.

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4. Discarding that the battery or the USB cable or cradle or the back cover lid are the problem for this problem, the only option that is left is that the main board is defective.

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