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    Why won't our laptop boot up?

    We've got an Acer laptop in the office that came with some equipment we bought a few years ago. It worked fine on Saturday when we turned it off, and now it won't boot up. The power light is on, but nothing else happens - it doesn't even make any noise like something might be happening ion the inside. We're guessing the motherboard is gone, what's the prevailing foo wisdom on what's wrong?

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    Don't hear hard drives spinning at all? No lights or clicks or beeps from inside? Does it POST (start going through the Power On Self Test where it shows BIOS info, etc...)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Don't hear hard drives spinning at all? No lights or clicks or beeps from inside? Does it POST (start going through the Power On Self Test where it shows BIOS info, etc...)?
    Nothing. No spinning sounds, no clicks or whirs, nothing on the display. I think it's a big paperweight now.

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    Don't get mad.....have to ask the obvious question.

    Is it plugged in? It's not just a dead battery, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    Don't get mad.....have to ask the obvious question.

    Is it plugged in? It's not just a dead battery, right?
    It's plugged in, the only light on it is the power light that shows it's connected to the brick. 25 years ago I worked for a company when the IBM XT was a big deal, and ours wouldn't work. The tech guy came out and plugged it in for us, and then it worked.

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    Check the power supply to see if it's putting out juice.

    It's also very common to see laptops with broken internal power connectors. A quick touch of the soldering iron (once torn down) and it works again.
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    Without being able to look at it more closely, it sounds like your suspicion about the motherboard may be right.

    If you have another laptop of same (or similar) model, you could possibly try to plug in the hard drive to see if you can get to data. Or get a box to turn drive in to a USB drive so you can get to it.

    My only other thought is a power supply problem.
    edit: Oops...Wordbiker mentioned that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Check the power supply to see if it's putting out juice.

    It's also very common to see laptops with broken internal power connectors. A quick touch of the soldering iron (once torn down) and it works again.
    Would we be able to see that if we took the bottom cover off of it? Or would it be buried?

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Would we be able to see that if we took the bottom cover off of it? Or would it be buried?
    If it's really loose you may be able to see it wiggle, though often it doesn't move which is what makes it such a stumper for most folks. There's an entire eBay industry dedicated to fixing it, from full repair to selling parts kits to fix it yourself.

    That said, I'd still check the power supply first. I was given a Toshiba Sattelite not long ago that wouldn't power up. Toshiba very smartly separated the power plug from the mainboard with a short wire, but the power supply plug was still vulnerable. They'd said it'd been dropped a few times so I checked the power supply first. When I found it was dead I ordered a replacement for $20, got it and it powered up, though still wouldn't boot. After installing a spare harddrive and reformat, I had a new laptop for $20. My daughter still uses it daily.
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    Or it might simply be a bad "ON" switch.

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