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EVO ! wont boot

Tried that
light comes on and fan for 5 sec. doesnt boot!
Any Ideas? Thanks ahead

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  • jcpc May 26, 2008

    The ram is 512


    fan is right does work.

    When I got this it had the same no boot up issue except Once or twice it would ,,,,,I saw the screen with windows 98 so I updated it with xp pro, before completion it froze --- waited for 3 hr to see if it would finish , still froze so I manually did shut it off, then never came on since then,


    What are the ways to test the motherboard, have expirence in opening and putting it back together a few times

    thanks again charles!

  • jcpc May 28, 2008

    Thanks man yes...

    my man says yes the gel was very dry, what is the correct lingo and where what link to get that gel??

    Thanks a million gazzillion

    holly and her man javier

    thanks again

    lets go from here

  • jcpc May 28, 2008

    Thanks again this site is awesome, will look for the cpu coolant we do live on an island of 1x4 miles no malls but there is 2 possibilities to ask for that gel....

    hope your solution will fixit..

    we will report back once tested,

    thanks a gazzillion



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If the RAM is fine, but it's turning itself off after 10 seconds or so, then it's highly likely the motherboard needs replaced. What I would suggest, if you are comfortable doing it however, is to check the fan isn't simply clogged up (this will determine whether it is a problem with the motherboard itself, or simply a problem with the fan overheating, and the motherboard turning off as a fail-safe). Bear in mind, this will require stripping the laptop down, and should only be done if you can put it back together properly.

Posted on May 26, 2008

  • Steven Burn
    Steven Burn May 27, 2008

    Usually when testing motherboards, you would have;

    1. 2 CPU's
    2. 2-4 RAM chips (depending on the board)
    3. 2 PSU's
    4. 2 Hard drives
    5. 2 Graphics cards
    6. Tube of CPU coolant (the Silicon gel that goes between the CPU and the cooler - very important to prevent over heating)

    Having another spare part for the board allows quick and simple checks to determine whether the problem is with the board, or simply a faulty part.

    In your case, the machine turning itself off, is usually caused by a short in the board, or it's simply over heating. Without specialist equipment, it is very difficult to check this.

  • Steven Burn
    Steven Burn May 28, 2008

    You can obtain the silicon gel (CPU coolant) from most PC stores for a couple of quid.


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