Fixing a free "as is" laptop

By alisbin
Nov 27, 2007
  1. hey mates,
    just got an offer of a free laptop, don't have the exact specs yet, but its intel dual core, a gig or 2 of ram, at least 60 gig hd. its an dell business model, again don't have exact specs just yet.
    however, being free, it has a major problem, it won't turn on. at all. no post, nothing.
    well, i'm not gonna turn down a chance to get a free laptop even if all i can do is scavenge it for parts. so, thoughts on what can cause that kind of problem.
    my thoughts were, motherboard fault, serious power problem or power button broken (i'm hoping its this one ;) )
    can anyone else think of something else that would cause complete lack of start up capability or ways to fix it? go wild, if i can't fix this thing it will likely just go straight to the trash heap.
    i'll update the post as i get new info.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    It's probably a blown motherboard... A salvaged hard drive or memory would be worth "free"
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