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I have a Toshiba satellite A200 - 1CJ, old of almost 1 year. It doesn't want to start AT ALL. After I plug it in, the battery's led looks red and the power led BLINKS blue. Have you any idea what happened?

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  • Marius Ceh Oct 12, 2010

    Well, it seems that it works only on battery, if I'm recharging it at another Toshiba laptop. It means that the motherboard is OK, but the power circuit on it is broken. As far as I know, it has those very small SMD safety devices (not "traditional" ones), not easy to be replaced without specialized equipment. Possibly, the primary power microchip is fried, also... Thanks for the advice; it is, in deed, a problem on the motherboard... Lucky me it isn't fried completely...

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It sounds as though your system is getting no power at all- try a second ac adapter. If that does not work, if in warranty, contact your technical support provider to get it serviced. If not, there is a good chance you will need a replacement motherboard- find a reputable technician and see about purchasing the replacement board.

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  • Marius Ceh Oct 12, 2010

    It works on battery, if I recharge it on another computer. Probably the power circuit is fried. As far as I know, it has those very small SMD safeties (not traditional ones) that can be replaced only with specialized equipment. Thanks for the solution, it is, in deed, a problem on the motherboard. Lucky me it isn't fried completely...

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