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My laptop won't power on (EliteGroup G320 PC Notebook)

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With the DC adaptor plugged in, and the green "plugged in" indicator lit, I press the power on button. The "plugged in" indicator light goes off, and nothing else happens. If I unplug the adaptor and plug it back in, the green light goes on again, but it still won't power on. No lights and nothing will power up with just the battery, either. I have a spare battery and have switched batteries and the same thing (doesn't) happen.

For the record, several months ago I had a loose DC jack which was replaced. Everything worked okay yesterday, but nothing works today.

Is my laptop dead, or could it possibly be some bad contacts with the switches, caused by dust or something?

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  • GeorgeBakos Feb 02, 2009

    I have the same problem. For the very beginning with the DC adaptor plugged in, the green "plugged in" indicator lit, when I pressed the power on button the "plugged in" indicator light goes off, and nothing else happened. Ten fifteen times happened the same thing but now if I unplug the adaptor and plug it back in, the green light goes not on and it still won't power on. I went to a repair shop and the gentlemen told me that the best solution to buy a new laptop and try to use the old hard drive as this particular problem is hard to solve, cost lot of money and the laptop is nothing worth. If somebody have solution on this problem please send a note to BellaVita_palmdesert@yahoo.com. Thanks for your help with this matter. George

  • GeorgeBakos Feb 03, 2009

    I face the same problem. With the DC adaptor plugged in, and the green "plugged in" indicator lit. When I press the power on button the "plugged in" indicator light goes off, and nothing else happens. If I unplug the adaptor and plug it back in, the green light goes on again, but it still won't power on. I tried several times to power on the computer but after the tenth or fifteenth time it gave up and now the indicator light goes not on and my computer is useless.

    I went to a repair shop and the gentlemen advised me to buy a new computer as the G320 is nothing worth and useless to spend money on it.

    Can somebody help me to solve this problem?

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    Hello LaptopLady.

    My dauchter (13 years) has the same laptop G320, and execly the same problem, and I am looking all over the web to find a solucion...no luck till now, please let me know when you find a solucion, I come back to you if I find a solucion.

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Sounds like the infamous electrolytic capacitor plague (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague -- also read the discussion page)

In the early years of this century chinese spys stole a formula for novel electrolyte from a leading Japanese chemical company but unfortunately they only copied page 1 of the two-page recipe. The incomplete electrolyte went into many millions of capacitors reducing their life span dramatically. I understand these capacitors were made until 2004. That's about the time the G320 was manufactured, at least mine.

I opened and disassembled everything, I saw some "swollen" 1500uF/6.3V capacitors, replaced them and the G320 would start again.

This may sound easier than it was, however. I live in a country where computers aren't made no more and spare parts are hard to find. The G320 has 4 of the above caps in upright position and 4 placed horizontally. I could only get some larger types that do fit horizontally but not vertically. Thus I had to replace a bad vertical one by one of the remaining good horizontal ones and then replace the horizontal ones by the bigger ones.

Warning!
If you re-assemble your G320 make sure you use the shortest 3 screws for the the points where the upper cover is fastened to the metal sheet frame that presses the cpu against the heat sink. If you use a longer screw (which I did) you may experience that a destroyed 4x56 ohms resistor network chip on the mainboard can also be hard to be relaced in non computer producing countries.

Good luck!

Mittwoch

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

  • mittwoch Jan 23, 2010

    Meanwhile I've repaired a couple of Elitegroup/ECS G320 Laptops that wouldn't power up. It's the capacitors, believe me!

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1) Remove the Battery 2) Heats the zone of power jack with one hair dryer (Phon) 3) Test to start (push the start Button) 4) If it works there it is a problem of cold welding 5) Try to repairs (welding) or it sends in attendance

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I had the same problems. What I did initially was soldered a lead wire to pin 1 of the AMS1505CMA regulator and another wire to one leg of the 1500uF/16V capacitor that is close the AMS1505CMA IC. I short these two wires and the laptop turns on. Eventually after a few weeks it won't turn on anymore. I replaced the AMS1505CMA and now it is working fine.

Posted on May 21, 2010

  • Irwin Zosa May 21, 2010

    Sorry, it is not pin 1 of the AMS1505CMA but rather pin 3.

  • Irwin Zosa May 22, 2010

    A clearer explanation: I soldered a lead wire to pin 3 of the AMS1505CMA regulator and another to the positive leg of one of the two 1500uF/6.3V capacitors located close to the regulator. This leg of the capacitor supplies about 3.3 VDC. I then momentarily short the two leads together and the laptop will turn on. Eventually I replaced the AMS1505CMA with a new one that I ordered from a supplier in China as I cannot source this exact part from anywhere else. Do make sure that you get the exact AMS1505CMA in the TO-263 package since this part has many variations (different output voltages). While you are doing the replacement of the regulator, might as well replace the four 1500uF/6.3v electrolytic capacitors with new ones (105 degrees C, low ESR types)

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