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The test Dell advises to narrow down this issue is to remove the battery, hard drive, ram, and optical drive. Next plug in the a/c power cord and you should get some LED's coming on. If not it points to the motherboard.
Posted on Aug 16, 2008
This line of hp notebooks is the most notorious for power jack issues. There a re a few different symtpoms but 95% of all problems can be fixed with a power jack resoldering or replacement. It very rarely damages anything else on the motherboardis and seldom has anything to do with the power adapter/supply itself. There are a few options:
1) take to computer repair shop and get new power adapter. (As this requires a complete tear down of the notebook, it can be a bit expensive in terms of labor. The part is less than $10 on ebay and is readily available. You can download the service manual and break down the notebook yourself and take just the mb and new adapter to the shop and save some money. I don't recommend attempting to soldering on the MB yourself
2) If you don't need portability as much as just being able to use the laptop at home, then purchase an xb2000 expansion base from craigslist and power thru the docking port on the side. Be sure and confirm that the adapter is included with the purchase as some owners may have discarded it since their particular model didn't need it.
3) If you can manage to get an XC1000 cable for a reasonable price off ebay or craigslist, this is a portable option. However, as they stopped making these All-In-One media cables a while back, those who have them know their value and command a pretty hefty price. I personally would rather pay a computer repair shop a $150 before I pay some person who capitalizes on my misfortune.
4) I am in the process of confirming this least expensive solution but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
-- adapter from the xb2000 expansion base (you can pick these up cheap or free)
-- xc2000 all-in-one media cable ($35 - $50)
-- 120w power adapter for Presario R4000,R4100, R4200, and Pavilion ZV6000 (oval shaped multi-pin connection required.) Note: The original lower wattage adapter will not work. ($25 - $30)
Although this solution may cost a little bit depending on how creative you are, you can sell your old power adapter to offset the cost of the new adapter AND you can sell all 3 for what you paid when the laptop dies completely.
5) the paper clip trick has been known to solve a few problems where the connection in the socket is the problem
Ultimately, you can purchase a MB and replace it your self, the MBs run around $150 and you can use the service manual to break down the notebook. However, this is only a recommended solution if you have video problems since breaking down the laptop is just time consuming and the soldering of the power adapter is cheap
Posted on Dec 08, 2008
If you can open up the monitor from the back and get the cover off. Look on the power board and see if there are any puffy capacitors, most of the caps will have a silver flat top but if there are any bad ones, they will have a puffy top that stick up.
If you see any then make sure you replace them with capacitors of the same Uf rating and at least the same volts or more.
If you don't see any puffy caps then that means the screen is bad and the whole monitor would need to be replaced.
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
Testimonial: "Opened the LCD monitor up, and it was as he said. A bad capacitor. Thanks!! Replied within minutes."
my_secret_mb, Stop pressing the ON/OFF switch! It's broke!!! The unit's internal power supply will need some work done on it. Unit will need to be evaluated first!! This is a common problem for ALL LCD monitors. If unit out of warranty period, then you will need to do some intense speed reading of my higher page number responses in my fixya profile to understand the problem your cold-cathode-fluorescent-lamp back-lit lcd monitor has and the options that you have. You will also need to base your decision on the age and total number of "ON" hours unit has seen during it's lifetime. Do not dispair or feel sad about what has happened to your monitor. A low side guess would be 50 units/day fail world-wide. Your unit may have failed filter capacitors or possible failed solder joint on printed circuit board. (thermally intermittant) I hope this helps you. 12fixlouie north of "Windy City" USA
Posted on Apr 02, 2010
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