Computer CAN'T turn on... :-(

Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2011 04:41 pm
Press power button and NOTHING. The computer is plugged in and not running on battery. But the light on the power convertor is off.

Tried to turn on (just battery) without the cord and power convertor. Nope.

Noticed that when I just plugged the power convertor into the electrical circuit but not connected to the computer, the light on the convertor is on. Plugged in the convertor to the laptop and the convertor light turns off.

Is it right to think that the convertor still works but for some reason when it's connected to the laptop some kind of electrical feedback (motherboard?) trips the convertor off?

What other kind of hardware issues could this involve? (hoping it's fixable!)
I can't imagine this is a software problem.

I have a Laptop: Dell XPS M1730
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2011 05:06 pm
Try removing the battery and then plugging it in and see if it will boot.

It could be a battery problem interfering and drawing down the power supply.
Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2011 05:14 pm
Sigh.... Nope.... Didn't work.
Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2011 05:43 pm
The only other thing it likely could be other then the laptop is of course the power supply suggest you try to find someone with the same type of power supply and give that a try.

Could be the sensor wire on the supply and if so you could luck out by picking one up on ebay cheaply.

The odds are only so so as the computer should had come up with the battery unless the battery got drawn down.

How costly and how old is this laptop?

Second issue do you have anything only on this system hard drive that you need?
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2011 05:52 pm
The power supply for your computer run 50 to 60 dollars as does the battery on ebay and the computer run around 700 hundreds dollars also on ebay.
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Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2011 06:02 pm
You have to remove the battery and disconnect from power supply for at least 10 secs, then try again, if that fails then your laptop is hammered (Tech term), but the hard drive maybe ok and your data should be salvagable. sounds like a motherboard or possible a power supply problem. Theres other tests you can do, but let me know how the above works out first
Reply Thu 1 Sep, 2011 06:08 pm
but the hard drive maybe ok and your data should be salvagable

Yes, if he had anything on his hardrive he need an adopted to hook it up as a secondary drive on a desktop is only a few dollars.
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