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I got an old laptop from my uncle, who said if i fix it i can keep it. Its a Gateway Solo 9500. The problem is it wont start. I pluged it in and the charging LED lights up, but when I push the power button nothing happens. How would I find out what is not functioning correctly? Also is there anything I need to know before I open it up if I have to?

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Well i dont know much about laptops, but the first thing i would check is the connections and the power button. I'd also check for burn marks, etc., but wait for more sugestions from other users.

 

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Try pushing the botton down HARD and holding it for a few seconds. Soemtimes when buttons begin to fail, they are harder to push.

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I thought about the power button and connections, but Im scared to check because I dont want it falling apart :ph34r:. Ill try pushing down hard. I took out the battery, it didnt have any scorch marks on it. I hope I dont need a new one, I looked and it was like $150 :(.

 

EDIT: Pushin the button hard dosnt work, now Im tryin to take it apart. Sooo complicated.

 

EDIT 2: Sometimes I can get the power and lights to flash on for a second but then it goes off again.

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it could be the batter/charging system the internal system fried in my old Averatec and it did jsut that, the battery could light the LEDs then would die. Thankfully i bought the service plan at bestbuy on it, now i have my toshiba for $120 + giving them that one back (it was a 1.3 PIII based celly, 256 ram, 30GB HDD, DVD-ROM, 12.1" LIGHT AND THIN notebook)

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Im gonna test the power adaptor with a multimeter, to see if thats the problem. What should it read? Also is there a way I can test the battery, because I dont want to spend alot of money on a battery and find out it dosnt work (Please dont say lick it).

 

UPDATE: It is not the power adaptor, I tested it with a multimeter and its giving out 19 volts like it should. Should I buy a new battery or do you think its something else?

 

UPDATE 2: I dont think its the battery either since it should run w/o a battery if its plugged into the wall. I took it apart and found this small crack next to the thingie you plug the power adaptor into, any suggestions?

 

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