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power-on problems

By uropn
Mar 30, 2005
  1. Hi all
    I'm a newbie so forgive my ignorance. I just pickup a used laptop that's not showing any signs of life. How can I determine if it's a power supply issue or the machine itself? I don't know if it matters, but it's missing the cd-rom module and there's no ram installed. Other than that the system is complete and in good shape. It is a Micron Transport ZX PIII 600. I would appreciate any thoughts on this problem.
    Thanx guys
     
  2. uropn

    uropn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi again
    Could it be the motherboard? If so, how would I know for sure?
    Thanx
     
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You won't know until you install some ram.
     
  4. uropn

    uropn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Are you telling me that if there's no RAM present, the laptop won't power on at all?
     
  5. uropn

    uropn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wouldn't atleast some of the lights go on (ie. the hard drive)?
     
  6. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    seems like buying ram would be a waste of money for said laptop anyways. as realblackstuff said, you'll know nothing until you put some memory in.
     
  7. uropn

    uropn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I put some RAM in and still no signs of life.
     
  8. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    get a new machine
     
  9. HoopaJoop

    HoopaJoop TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Some laptops will not turn on if you don't have a functioning battery installed in them even if you have the power plugged into it.

    However, you most likely have a bad power supply or motherboard.
     
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