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My laptop won't power on (EliteGroup G320 PC Notebook)

\015 Hello,\015\012\015\012With the DC adaptor plugged in, and the green "plugged in" indicator lit, I press the power on button. The "plugged in" indicator light goes off, and nothing else happens. If I unplug the adaptor and plug it back in, the green light goes on again, but it still won't power on. No lights and nothing will power up with just the battery, either. I have a spare battery and have switched batteries and the same thing (doesn't) happen.\015\012\015\012For the record, several months ago I had a loose DC jack which was replaced. Everything worked okay yesterday, but nothing works today.\015\012\015\012Is my laptop dead, or could it possibly be some bad contacts with the switches, caused by dust or something?\015

Answers :

Sounds like the infamous electrolytic capacitor plague (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague -- also read the discussion page)

In the early years of this century chinese spys stole a formula for novel electrolyte from a leading Japanese chemical company but unfortunately they only copied page 1 of the two-page recipe. The incomplete electrolyte went into many millions of capacitors reducing their life span dramatically. I understand these capacitors were made until 2004. That's about the time the G320 was manufactured, at least mine.

I opened and disassembled everything, I saw some "swollen" 1500uF/6.3V capacitors, replaced them and the G320 would start again.

This may sound easier than it was, however. I live in a country where computers aren't made no more and spare parts are hard to find. The G320 has 4 of the above caps in upright position and 4 placed horizontally. I could only get some larger types that do fit horizontally but not vertically. Thus I had to replace a bad vertical one by one of the remaining good horizontal ones and then replace the horizontal ones by the bigger ones.

Warning!
If you re-assemble your G320 make sure you use the shortest 3 screws for the the points where the upper cover is fastened to the metal sheet frame that presses the cpu against the heat sink. If you use a longer screw (which I did) you may experience that a destroyed 4x56 ohms resistor network chip on the mainboard can also be hard to be relaced in non computer producing countries.

Good luck!

Mittwoch

1) Remove the Battery \015\0122) Heats the zone of power jack with one hair dryer (Phon)\015\0123) Test to start (push the start Button)\015\0124) If it works there it is a problem of cold welding \015\0125) Try to repairs (welding) or it sends in attendance
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