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Main component to cause such an issue in the DC socket where you plug the power adapter. This is one of the weakest points in the laptop & usually the first suspect when it comes to input power failure. The socket might either be loose (in which case it will need to be re-soldered), or broken (in which case it will need to be replaced). In either case, you need to disassemble the laptop, pull the motherboard out, & inspect & fix the problem.

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Mother board heats up and computer does not start


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I have hp compaq nc6400 1.66 ram 1gb but duraing windows installation very slow plz send me soulation


Firstly you have to do a locally or remotly backup of all your documents cause in this process you may loose some of your vital document. Check to see if your Operating System (OS) is up to date. Or you can do a Restore if you have creat One. Its a Software issue and once you Re-install your Operating stsrem all will be fine.

Dec 05, 2012 | HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook

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My nc6400 won't power up even when connected to a power adapter. How can I fix this?


Since you already tried another power cord (assuming that it was a working cord and for the exact same model). Then I would say your motherboard is dead.

Aug 17, 2012 | HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook

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My nc6400 won't power on even when connected to the power cord


test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive SATA

the leads from your (motherboard to your hard drive) make sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty


make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd have secure connections and are not faulty


even something as small as faulty fan lead can cause you problems

computers need all of the data and power to travel through every working device and to have an end for a computer to be able work properly


a motherboard and a hard drive any leads between them will fail before your motherboard or your hard drive check all power and data leads make sure they are securely seated even the cd/dvd drives need to have current go through make sure these devices are working


check the CPU central processing unit make sure it has thermal paste and dust free secure seating


also check your computer ram modules and cmos battery make sure it has charge and they are dust free and securely seated some motherboards cmos batteries are soldered in


hope it helps

Aug 17, 2012 | HP Compaq nc6400 (GJ982US) PC Notebook

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I put a new harddrive in a hp nc6400,changed the boot sequence for cdrom to run first,it would load the system ok,but when it restarts it saying no harddrive found..wtf


One bad lead or faulty connection point can cause a computer to shutdown continue restarting on a cycle or fail to detect your hard drive boot up


test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive SATA

the leads from your (motherboard to your hard drive) make sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty


make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd have secure connections and are not faulty


even something as small as faulty fan lead can cause you problems

computers need all of the data and power to travel through every working device and to have an end for a computer to be able work properly


a motherboard and a hard drive any leads between them will fail before your motherboard or your hard drive check all power and data leads make sure they are securely seated even the cd/dvd drives need to have current go through make sure these devices are working


check the CPU central processing unit make sure it has thermal paste and dust free secure seating


also check your computer ram modules and cmos battery make sure it has charge and they are dust free and securely seated some motherboards cmos batteries are soldered in


hope it helps

Jul 24, 2012 | HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook

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Which ac do when a laptop compaq nc6400 is verr slow and doesnt charge the battery


What does the AC do? (Alternating Current)

Apparently not get rectified into DC electricity by the AC adapter, (Charger), or the rectified AC (Which is now DC), is not getting to the laptop.

Be sure the Battery is still good. They have a lifespan, and only last so long.

Verify, by performing a DC Voltage test with a multimeter, if the AC adapter is putting out the correct Voltage.

If it is an AC adapter for an HP Compaq NC6400 Notebook PC, the DC Voltage coming out of the AC adapter is supposed to be
18.5 Volts. (DC),

http://www.amazon.com/Notebook-Adapter-Presario-cq50-142us-cq50-110/dp/B001MQ4MNW

On the AC adapter plug going to the laptop, the center pin is the Positive connection.
The outer cylindrical metal shell is the Negative connection.

AC adapter puts out 18.5 Volts?
Have an assistant;

1) Gently wiggle the power cord coming TO the AC adapter.

2) Gently wiggle the cable coming FROM the AC adapter TO the laptop.

See if you get an intermittent reading on the multimeter. Indicates a broken wire.

[ An economical, but fine for this test, multimeter, can be purchased for as little as $8 to $12, here in the US.
Analog or digital is fine.
Available in a multitude of stores. An auto parts store is but one example ]

AC adapter checks out it's on to the DC Power Jack.
This jack is the round port on the laptop, that the plug from the AC adapter plugs into.

Battery removed use a wooden small object, and gently see if you can move the center pin around, for the DC Power Jack.

See if the rest of the DC Power Jack will move around.
ANY perceptible movement means a problem with the DC Power Jack.

The DC Power Jack looks like this not mounted to the motherboard,

http://www.batterystyle.com/compaq-nc6400-jack-p-436629.html

Click on the two views shown of the DC Power Jack.
The view on the left shows the jack from the back.
The view on the right shows the jack from the front. The view you see now.

Note that in both views the jack is shown upside down, in relation to how it actually sits on the motherboard.

The view on the left, (Back view), shows Prongs coming from the jack, that go down through the motherboard, and are then soldered.

The gold colored prong is the Positive prong. It goes to the Center Pin of the jack.
All of the silvery colored Prongs are for Ground, or Negative.

Where the Prongs are soldered to the motherboard, are called solder joints. Each prong has a solder joint.

It may just be that one, or more solder joints are cracked.
This would require disassembling the laptop down to the bare motherboard in your hand, then re -soldering any cracked solder joints.

[ Be SURE to use an ESD wrist strap, and have it's alligator clip connected to a good ground source, BEFORE working inside a laptop ]

It may be however that the DC Power Jack is damaged, and replacement is necessary.

HP Support > HP Compaq NC6400 Notebook PC > Manuals page,

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DocumentIndex.jsp?contentType=SupportManual&lang=en&cc=us&docIndexId=64179&taskId=101&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=1847703

On this page click on - Service and maintenance information

(Under the - Quick jump to manuals by category - heading)

Under the bold - Service and maintenance information - heading, click on -
HP Compaq NC6400 Notebook PC Maintenance and Service Guide
(24 Apr 2007 / 4.61MB )

[ This is a PDF file. The computer you are using now has Adobe Reader on it, which uses PDF files.

After you click on the above file name, it may take up to 30 seconds, before the first page comes up ]

Need guidance in de-soldering, and removing the old DC Power Jack, and soldering in a new one?
Post in a Comment.

If the DC Power Jack checks out, you have a bad power correcting chipset. This is a type of Power MOSFET.
Motherboard replacement is the solution.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Apr 25, 2012 | HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook

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Compaq nc 6400 laptop no power on i check cahger ok power button ok **** still my laptop no on


More than likely the battery is defective, even with a charger it will not run if the battery is an open circuit due to failure.

Feb 07, 2012 | HP Compaq nc6400 (GJ982US) PC Notebook

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Can i put my processor from my hp 6910p in my nc6400?


Unlikely. They both would have to be running a motherboard that you can take off the cpu. And the cpu socket would have to be exactly the same on both motherboards.

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I switched on HP compaq NC6400.But Laptop is not booting up.Only dark screen


I too had same problem and I guess you too have the same problem as mine. VGA adapter is not working anymore. Hardware failure. You may need to change the motherboard.

Nov 29, 2010 | HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook

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