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Acer 1804WSMi not starting...

By sarah4uk
Feb 19, 2008
  1. Ok, i've looked through the forums, and tried EVERYTHING.

    I managed to break the ac adaptor, so bought a new one. All fine and dandy; charged up the battery (so say the indicator lights).

    Now, just on AC, or battery, the laptop powers on for about 2 seconds and then goes off.

    It won't even start in safe mode.

    I've taken the memory out, hovered out the fans blah blah, and STILL nothing.

    Save buying a new laptop any ideas? FYI i'm a bit thick with abbreviations so full details of what i can do next please!!!!!

    Thanks
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    If you've tried everything you would have a working system right now because every problem has a solution.

    Sounds like something is either:

    1. Overheating.
    2. The PSU (Power Supply Unit) is having a problem regulating voltages.

    If this were a desktop PC it wouldn't be too hard to navigate your way around the innards but I wouldn't suggest cracking your laptop open. Send it in for repair or bring it to a repair shop.
     
  3. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie Posts: 570

    sarah4uk, few days ago i've repaired the same acer with the same symptoms. the problem - short cirquit of the videochip(ATI X600).
     
  4. sarah4uk

    sarah4uk TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks lamo; i'll try getting that changed.
    At least thats somehting i haven't tried yet!!!
     
  5. lamo

    lamo TS Rookie Posts: 570

    sarah4uk, i'm sorry, but i doubt that you can replace the videochip, unless you have special soldering equipment.
     
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    Sounds to me like they plan on having someone else do it...
     
  7. WickedViking

    WickedViking TS Rookie

    I have two Acer Aspire 5672 WLMi's. One is two years old and works OK, but beginning to show signs of old age. The other is a year and half old (my daughter's), and I had to re-install Windows XP Pro. after a crash. After that it worked fine, but WITHOUT sound. Until, last weekend, when I wanted to shut it down, which it did. And that's the state it is still in: when I power it on, the power light turns green, so does the hard drive symbol on the front......for about 2 seconds, then dies. She is currently using it in Europe with a European rated power cable.
     
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    WickedViking, if you're looking for help you are better off starting your own thread.

    However, just as in this case, hardware failure in laptops is very hard for the average user to repair. The motherboard and PSU are usually some proprietary form factor. Beyond that, on most laptops pretty much everything is either totally integrated or soldered to the motherboard so you either really need to get your hands dirty (and know what the hell you're doing) to replace the faulty component or you'll have to replace the entire motherboard (at which point you may as well just buy a new laptop).

    Bring the computer to a trustworthy repair shop, or contact Acer to have it looked at.
     
  9. WickedViking

    WickedViking TS Rookie

    I had the faint hope

    of getting some help. But your answer is a help of sorts: it confirms my fear that I have to buy a new one.
    Thanks
     
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    :( Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
     
  11. WickedViking

    WickedViking TS Rookie

    Better bad than nothing

    Keeps me from spending time barking up the wrong tree :)
     
     
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,094   +86 Staff Member

    I suppose. Still a shame, but it's the trade off really; mobility for flexibility.
     
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