Seems the LifeDrive Micro Drive is the killer on these Palms. Mine did
the same thing and after extensive online research I found that the
micro drive can be replaced with a Compact Flash card which is much
more reliable. Apparently there are only certain CF cards that work
with the LifeDrive though. I have found at least one retailer that
sells a compatible CF preloaded with the Lifedrive software. The route
I took for repair was to send it out to a guy that advertises his
service on eBay. You send in the LifeDrive, he diagnoses it for $5, and
can install the CF card with software for $89 (he waives the $5 if you
have him fix it). I am looking forward to getting mine back in
permanent working order! Here is the link: http://myworld.ebay.com/itsnothere/
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Sounds like the battery, had similar problems.. if you purchase a new battery make sure you get the right kind there are two types, an 8 cell or 12 cell..
The fix for my pressario involved completely stripping it and soldering 3 pins on the power connector on the mainboard.. not difficult but no mean feat.. now works perfectly (with the inclusion of a 12cell battery)
You have two options one is of course a replacement drive but the other is replacing the little hard drive with a flash disk. The flash drive is nothing more than a 4gb compact flash memory card that happens to use the same connector as the Hitachi hard drive. Of the two I'd go flash myself.
The flash disk is faster and uses far less power so your battery life can increase by quite a bit. I think it is something like 10% of the power. Next to the display this is the single biggest power item. I've heard of the useful battery life increasing anywhere from 3x to about 6x after doing this. You can get the drive or flash from several places online. These are the same CF cards as used in many cameras. Most also offer the installation service.
Here is a link to one place but do a few searches and compare prices etc. Just search for lifedrive, flash, drive or lifedrive hard drive replacement and you should get quite a few.
When you plug the unit into the wall to charge, poke the reset hole in the back of it at the same time. This should reset the internal recharging mechanism in the Palm. Let it sit for a couple of hours and then see if it will come on.
I don't know how much technical skill you have, but I had the same problem and the warrenty had expired. I thought it might be a battery problem. To make a long story short I unpluged the internal battery and pluged it back in and the system came on.