The unit (less than a year old) was working fine the day before. There are no sounds or signs of life; the only one (of the 5) blue lights on the lower left of the keyboard that lights, does so when I plug in the PC to AC power.
Holding down the "ON" key, or repeatedly clicking it, have no effect.
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Re: PC won't go on.
Motherboard Replacement needed most Likely..
Toshibas are known to run very hot...
and over time it might have caused a Short in your Motherboard..
Try connecting laptop to an external video source to see if it is a bad video card.... but I am leaning towards motherboard.... The DC Jack is probably not your problem being that when plugged into AC Power source.. It Lights up a Power Light On the Laptop... which indicates, power supply "good"
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You have reached the end life of the battery pack. The battery must have some minimum charge to have computer function even with the AC power pack connected. So I suggest you replace the battery pack as a solution. Any local Radio Shack store can test this battery I am told free of charge.
Anything and everything that uses rechargeable batteries should be conditioned initially and then on a regular basis in order to extend the life of your battery. These products can be your MP3 player, iPod, Cellular Phone, Cordless phone, laptop and other similar products with internal batteries or proprietary batteries.
I have a 3 year old laptop that I can still get over 1.5 hours of battery life out of. The secret is conditioning your battery. The manner in which you condition your battery is the same whether it is a brand new product or you have had the product for a time. You must do the following:
1) Fully charge the item.
2) Use the item only on battery until he battery is completely drained.
3) Charge the item fully once again.
4) Fully drain the item a second time.
5) charge fully and use as you would normally for 60-90 days then repeat this process.
I know it sounds pretty simple and t most people you would think this has no effect on battery life but instead of getting into the details of how and why this does work let me just impart that I have graduated from courses as an Electronics Technician and a Technologist and I have a e year old laptop, 4 year old Cellular phone and a 3 year old iPod all with battery lives that exceed what most people get from their items with much less use and age than mine. I was also offered a job with those geek squad people by their regional manager here but I turned them down, I hate robbing people and that is exactly what I believe the geek squad does here. This does work you just have to stick to it.
Now Laptops are a difficult thing to condition because you have to go in and change the power settings regarding running off battery. What you want to do is set these in a way that will drain the battery completely in the shortest time, that means maximum brightness, never turn off display and never turn off hard drives.
Best of luck to you all and
Ifthe laptop battery is more than 3 - 4 years old then the battery could be wornout. Rechargeable batteries have a finite number of charge and discharge cyclesand will lose their charge capacity over time, i.e. won't charge to 100% andgradually the charge reduces until the battery won't charge up atall.
ORThe battery shows a 100% charge but when the adapter is disconnected thebattery drops off to zero capacity in a very short time.
Ifthe battery drops to an unacceptable charge level then the battery needs to bereplaced.
Depending on when you purchased this unit, your battery needs to be replaced. Each battery has a life period to it that is affected by many factors. Heat, usage, leaving the unit attached when the power source is plugged in are just a few. If the laptop is less than a year old, it is under warranty. Contact Acer for a replacement. If it is over a year old you will need to purchase a new battery. I hope this helps and let me know if you require additional information regarding batteries.
Sorry to say but it sounds as if your battery is nearing the end of it's life. How long have you had this problem for? and how long have you had your laptop? Battery's let alone computer's don't have much more than a 5 year life span, that is if there maintained properly. My HP Pavilion is starting to slow after having it to 2 years, and battery life seems to have shorten by 30min. Well I hope this isn't the case as battery's are quite costy. But if this helps in any way, best of luck!
The blue lines are a sign that the screen itself is failing. You can try to reseat the data cables from the motherboard to the back of the screen, but in most cases this is indicative of an immenent screen failure.
Karen, I am not familiar with this particular model but deal daily with this same issue on the Lenovo Thinkpads...it is the battery. They can just go bad. Had one yesterday that was fine the day before, now won't hold a charge. It was also less than two years old. They seem to have a shelf life. I would check with ACER to make sure they agree, then order a new battery.
To extend battery life, you need to use the battery up on a regular basis, then recharge all the way. Leaving it plugged in all the time with the battery in shortens battery life.
You have had a flat battery for a long time hence the cells tend to be dead. Make sure the power adapting is remitting the right voltage with the use of a multimeter set to dc voltage at 20V. Most power adapters are within the range of 13 and 19.5V, so 20V dc should be selected for a correct reading ok. Having comfirmed that to be ok, you should just power off your pc and have it connected to a power outlet for a least 2hours. If there is still no sign of battery life, then it should be changed as it might have exceeded its life span. Most of such batteries have an average life span of 5 years depending on use though. Good luck