Having problems with your Acer Aspire 5315 Notebook ?

Acer aspire 5315. now light no nothing will ocasionaly get lights and power up sometimes for a few secs other times for n hour or so.... checked hdd/cdrom/mem/powersupply voltage etc... all are ok... get ticking noise when power lead is pluged in like a clock its definatly motherboard side and not hdd any help maybe which component may need replaceing would help , thanks, mike


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Hey Mike,

first off, if its in warranty, contact acer. their support is excellent.

usually a ticking sound from a laptop is indeed the hard drive (not much else to make a ticking noise other than the fan). If it makes the ticking noise when powered off and ac plugged in, then yes, likely mainboard. Pull the battery and see if this helps (battery or charging circuit may be a problem). Also, Remove the hard drive temporarily, as it draws a fair bit of power, and see if you can boot successfully to a live cd (Gos or Ubuntu are good). If a live cd runs okay, then it may in fact be the hard drive.
If all else fails, Acer mainboards are VERY reasonably priced. It may be worthwhile to swap the board. Let me know if this helps or not :)
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