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Averatec 2300 My Averatec 2300 won't start. Very strange problem. It started a few weeks ago. It wouldn't start, then the next day it worked fine. Then it wouldn't start again. Then it did. Now it won't start at all. Black screen, power light comes on and shuts down when you hold the power for five seconds as it should. No hard drive or cmos activity. I have multiple batts and power supplies, check the memory and HD. Seems like a motherboard problem but I sure hope not. Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous Jul 29, 2008

    I have the same problem . Was told that it needed a mother board. $00 to $500 to repair. Told to buy another computer not an Avertec

  • Cyrix686 Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same problem, letting the cd rom spin up does not do it for me. In a period of 12 hours I managed to get it to start twice without the hard drive, and once with it. I tried it with a fully charged battery and with the ac plugged in. I even changed the processor to a TL-56 which has a lower minimum voltage, applied arctic silver, and added an extra heat pipe to cool the nforce 6100. This is most likely a failed 6100 (I just got an HP repaired with the same problem and same chipset). When I managed to boot, I saw the temperaure of the 6100 hit 72C on idle. My HP ran in the low 60s. Therefore I must conclude that Averatec 2300, (Really a rebranded TwinHead H12F) has a poorly designed cooling system which leads to chipset failure.

  • churrs6948 Mar 29, 2009

    I have had the 2300 series for over 2 years now. the overheating problem I solved with a free software : notebook control which shuts down one core of the cpu. ofcourse this is not ideal but at least it does not overheat anymore !

  • lseid Apr 30, 2009

    Had the same problem. Sent the unit back to Averatec they replaced the motherboard and returned the unit back to me within 10 days.

  • Joe Mason Sep 11, 2014

    Iave 3 averac 200ries an had th same poblem..oweon with leds but no hard drive activity and no boot I did a reflw of the video chip and now the laptop is booting and the fan cme to life Fngers crossed for longevity. If I can hefeel free to email

  • Joe Mason Sep 11, 2014

    sorry for the above wording...I have 3 verat2300 series with same problems. Power on with leds but +


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My 2300 started same problems in Dec 08 (almost 2 years old) Its an overheat problem! With black screen the two blue lights an bottom left are on. Leave powered up and in an hour or so will shut down on its on, then will start back up normally but shut down again in about an hour.Correction 1. pull off back cover, blow out the dust. 2.Go to set up (F2 on power up and run fan cal) 3. Take the back cover off you will feel how hot the CPU and hard drive are that is because vents are too small for an aging laptop. Now take the cover and drill a double line of holes on each side of the hard drive vents, Next over the CPU (where the fan blows in air, drill a triple line of new vent holes in the cover). A 5/32 drill will be about right. You may also wish to purchase an inexpensive Belkin laptop cooler. About $19 at Best Buy. This solved my problem as I do like this little one for travel
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Hey Scaudle,
I also have an Averatec 2300 Ultra-Portable laptop. After encountering the same problem, I did some research and this is actually a COMMON problem with the Averatec series of laptops. The problem is caused when the device turns on. Not enough power is available to the motherboard, so while some devices, like the lights on the front, and the CD Drive spin up, other core devices, like the Processor and Hard Drive, don't get enough to sustain running. (You'll notice the HD light blink when it first turns on.)

One way to temporarily remedy this problem is to insert a CD into the CD drive and turn the machine on. Wait until it spins all the way up to speed and then shut it off, using the power switch on the laptop itself. Immediately turn it back on and it seems to do the trick a couple of times.

However, this is not a permanent fix and as far as I can tell Averatec doesn't care about it's defective products. I personally plan to contact their customer service department and raise hell until I get a new one or a refund. I'll let you know how far I get.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008

I have an Averatec 2300. I bought it last year. I had the same problem but also would occasionally experience the screen scrambling and locking up. The only solution was to force power down and hope for the best on reboot. After 2 days I got fed up and called Averatec, my machine was still under warranty. They said it was a bad motherboard, this seems typical if you search the net. I sent it in and 2 and a half months later I got it back like new. Even though I had voided the warranty by removing the sticker on the bottom and added another gig of ram, I will never by another Averatec machine and would suggest others the same. Good Luck!

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

Sorry but this isn't much help. As stated above I already checked the HD, besides it won't even post to the cmos. It should do this even without the HD which I did try. I've never heard of upsetting the mother board, should I try talking nice to it? I have three Averatecs so battery and power supplies are not the problem. I used memory from one of the other ones and ran the other one with this memory so it's not that. Thanks for trying.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

You probably used the wrong power supply and upset the motherboard, consult with the manual-manuf website for your model--ensure proper power supply for this system in use. remove the battery completely and see if this fixes the problem. finally, hard drive failure is anticipated. did you check the bottom of the unit to ensure the external fans are clear of dust and such, hopefully battery removal should assist..last resort will be a motherboard check at the service center. if a new unit take it back.

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