Question about Acer TravelMate 290 Notebook
I had the same problem with acer tm290. looking through lots of postings let me find this:
located near the cpu (downside circuit-board) is a little ic. resolded this - all works fine :o)
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
I had the same problem. But took it to acer service centre instead of trying to fix it myself. The problem is with the motherboard near the power supply area. They struggled to repair it for around a week, then told me that the mother board will need replacement. Replacement mother board costs half of a new laptop.
So I guess thats it, scrap this and buy a new one.
Posted on Jul 19, 2008
Lapdoc , you are the first !!!!!!!Just sold it as you describe and the problem solved.(travelmate 290 booting for 3 seconds and then the screen was going black)
Thank you very much for your post Lapdoc
Posted on Feb 10, 2012
After having the same problem and tried various solutions I finally triede lapdoc's solution and I can thereby verify that this actually work, and my computer is now running 100 % as before the problem happened!
Posted on Jun 19, 2010
I had the same problem with my Acer Travelmate 291LMi.
I disassembled my laptop and found out that the problem is on CPU. If you press the CPU cooler the computer works fine. So i remove the screws from cooler and used F6 screws. Now it works fine. If anyone has another idea to fix it, say please.
Hope I had been helpful.
Posted on Jul 21, 2008
Hi all, I'm seeing a lot of people with the same problem, but no solutions! I feel like I have joined a 'Help' community..."Hi my name is...."
Anyway, I too have the same issue, however, I finally got my 290 running again, past the infuriating 'reboot loop'.
- I originally had an issue with the power supply and used a not quite correct replacement, which I recently replaced with the correct power supply.
- Took out the heat-sink, by giving it a cleanup, where it conects to the processor.
- I also gave the female power plug on the laptop a bit of a scratch and blow inside to clear the connectors.
- Once all of this was done, my 290 booted up into XP.
- I then had issues with Root Certificates for ZoneAlarm. This was resolved by going onto Windows Updates.
Now, after all of this my 290 still shuts down when it likes. I strongly suspect overheating, as it is hot (surprise!!) underneath and the fan doesn't kick on at all. The battery reports that it is charging, albeit very slowly, but then it doesn't run under battery only.
My stubborness is gradually wearing away and I suspect I will just go and buy another laptop that will die in 2-3 years and then I'll buy another etc etc all to keep the industry going. I think they are built to last X years which is finely calculated to be 2 days past your warranty...
Posted on Dec 08, 2007
Hey there, I have exactly the same problem. Thanks for your solution. Bending the casing did help me to boot up the laptop. Any other solutions to fix it?
Posted on May 31, 2007
Hi everyone, I've discovered myself also that bending the casing allows a normal boot, but I did not spend more time on it because I've concluded it should be a bad or loose contact inbetween layers of the Mo Bo, so that's it! It is probably related to the power supply area (wich cannot be replaced) that is located just beside the cooler of the processor. Well folks, if someone know where is the loosen trace, please let me know and i'll try to fix it. I'll let you know. Gracias mucho!
Posted on May 24, 2007
Have you thinking about CMOS Battery replacement? Have you try to rerun the discovery CDs starting from scratch with a new format hard drive. Let rty these thing to see what really happened to your laptop. Sometime, the cause is so simple. My frined has an IBM laptop brought to me for a question that why my laptop i suddenly gone everything. I found out that the screw holds the CMOS Battery to sit in place is gone. Therefore, the CMOS Battery is not in place and loose contact. This cause the screen gone blank and the laptop looked like going to die. But only one simple error can made it look bad. So check these simple thing first before diagnose further in detail. I hope this help.
Posted on Apr 04, 2007
Hi, i have just exprienced something similar with what you are talking about on my Acer tm290. In the earlier few weeks, my computer always shuted down suddenly, and sometimes there was long "beep" sound when reboot. After a few times of the situation, when it's reboot there was nothing shown in the screen, but with a few seconds of the sound from the fan and the light from the indicator.
In my case, I have tried to discharge the battery on the motherboard with a LED and a wire for several seconds. The LED lighted up. I did this just by opening the cover that covers the RAM, and a part of the battery can be seen at the side. I don't know why after doing this the computer can be boot up and run normally. I don't know whether those bad situations would happen again.
Posted on May 30, 2008
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