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When I turn on my Acer Aspire 5534, the blue power light comes on, and I can hear the fan turn on for a second but then the fan stops and the screen stays black while the blue power light stays on. I try to turn off the computer by holding down the power button and the blue power light still stays on.

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If you never see any sceen display then you have a motherboard or cpu problem. If you do see a display even a bit then it would probably be a ram issue.

If you had noticed it running hot or warmer for a while it may have been a clogged or dirty cooling system and the cpu overheating. It can also be a ram problem which is the first thing I would check to rule it out. You also should sniff it top and botto and see if you can smell burnt or hot electronic. Other parts can be weak and be stressed and the extra heat of summer can cause them to go.

The blue light just indicates the power section of the board is fine. If the cpu isn;t running or locked up it will ignore the switch. Pull the plug and remove the battery to turn it off.

Unfortunetly the repair cost for either a cpu or mainboard are going to be a bit of $. If its ram based (not as sure on that) it just means popping in a new module and it should fire up.

I think the best advice I can give you from your symptoms is take it to a local tech or computer shop so theycan examine it hands on. Get an estimate which should be free. If it is under warrenty you should call Acer and they would fix it under warrenty. If it isn;t under warrenty then you need to be a bit cautious on repairs. If it is a cpu then a new cpu can be $100 and up, a new Motherboard is $150 and (waaay) up plus labour and shipping and taxes. Thats why you only want an estimate as you want to make sure as it may come to a fair portion of the cost of a new laptop.

I wish I could give you a good fix but with what you have described it would take having the laptop in hand to properlly assess the problem. And with a laptop because of the integrated way they are built the symptoms can be the same or appear to be for both a cheap and expensive problem.

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  • lisagrant92 Jul 12, 2010

    Ok. I can send it to Acer because I have a warranty with them. But the reason I'm so worried about it is because I needed it for this week. If I buy a new Acer computer, not necessarily the same model, can I put the hard drive that was in my old computer in the new computer?

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Please remove the battery, unplug the power adapter's cable, leave it for few minutes, you also need to check the hard disk and the ram whether they are fitted correctly or not. If possible, remove the hard disk and boot up the system,(only using the battery or only with the power adapter) and try to get into the Bios settings, if it's possible, the problem is with the hard disk itself or with it's connector. Clean the interfaces on the connectors and reinstall it. Also remove the Ram and clean them, if possible please use another ram or in case you have multiple rams, remove one of them or leave only one to check the changes.

Let me know after you are done with all these,

good luck.

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  • lisagrant92 Jul 12, 2010

    I removed the hard drive and tried to boot up the computer using either just the battery or just the power adapter, and the computer still did not boot up. But since the hard drive did not effect the condition of the computer, does that mean that the hard drive is not the problem? Also, where is the ram located? We do not have an extra ram.

  • lisagrant92 Jul 12, 2010

    I found the location of the ram, and I had two discs so I removed one of them and kept one of them in, and the same thing happened to the computer.

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    Lebanon Raingam Jul 12, 2010

    Good to hear that.. well then remove both the ram and see if you can see any changes or not. You'll also hear beep sounds if there's no problem with the motherboard. Install the ram one after another, also switch the slot. It's also possible the one of the ram is bad, so you need to find out.




    If In case you don't hear any sound, the culprit will be the Motherboard.






    Do let me know after you are done.





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