Found 27th May 2008
Hi all,
i Got a packard bell laptop for my 16! its two years old and has worked fine up until a few days ago. The problem is that it wont charge so it has no power. Ive tried buying a new powerpack and lead but it just makes a sort of beeping noise! no power will transfer though to the laptop. I took it to PC world and they told me that they dont understand whats wrong at all and was trying to charge me £60 just to open it up and look around for 5 mins. I also took it to bowlers and no1 could help me!

Cant afford to buy a new one really so would appreciate the help!!!

Thanks

PitBikeBoy

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you have a battery in there right?

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Yeh its got a battery in!
But even if this was the problem, If i plugged it into power shouldnt it still come on as its receiving direct power from the mains?

Probably the socket has come away from the motherboard.

What model number is it??

Does it work with a wiggle? ie: the plug in the socket, not you:p

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Russ66;2188158

Probably the socket has come away from the motherboard.What model number … Probably the socket has come away from the motherboard.What model number is it??Does it work with a wiggle? ie: the plug in the socket, not you:p



half the writing has worn away from it but as far as i can see its a Packard bell EasyNote model UNI-TRI-NT!

And no it doesnt work with a wiggle:?

try unpluging from mains then weting finger and wiping around the power bit (that goes into the laptop) to get it wet (not soaking, but not just damp) this helped mine out i think it was that it wasnt making a connection insaide plug it back in and see if it charges

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jackt010;2188430

try unpluging from mains then weting finger and wiping around the power … try unpluging from mains then weting finger and wiping around the power bit (that goes into the laptop) to get it wet (not soaking, but not just damp) this helped mine out i think it was that it wasnt making a connection insaide plug it back in and see if it charges



HAHAHA i dont think so sum how:thumbsup:

woah wait dont do that ^^^ DANGER!

It is either a dry joint/cracked solder or damage to the main board, but most likely the first option. If you have a soldering iron and no what your looking for it isnt too hard to fix.

However first of all check if the PCWB price is a "no fix no fee" basis, if so then it isnt the worst price in the world if the guarantee to fix it. (this will not include parts though).

If it isnt on that basis, do some looking round a for a local IT guy or shop that does repairs and see how much they charge for a no fix no fee service.

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dmccabe;2188501

woah wait dont do that ^^^ DANGER!It is either a dry joint/cracked solder … woah wait dont do that ^^^ DANGER!It is either a dry joint/cracked solder or damage to the main board, but most likely the first option. If you have a soldering iron and no what your looking for it isnt too hard to fix.However first of all check if the PCWB price is a "no fix no fee" basis, if so then it isnt the worst price in the world if the guarantee to fix it. (this will not include parts though).If it isnt on that basis, do some looking round a for a local IT guy or shop that does repairs and see how much they charge for a no fix no fee service.




PC world said they would charge £60 just to open it up and see if they can find the problem...:x
Ill have alot around for local shops that use the "no fix no fee" basis! Thanks alot for the advice:thumbsup:

Pitbikeboy;2188355

half the writing has worn away from it but as far as i can see its a … half the writing has worn away from it but as far as i can see its a Packard bell EasyNote model UNI-TRI-NT!And no it doesnt work with a wiggle:?



My daughters P/B easynote 1938 had the same problem, the plug had melted the plastic where it must have been arcing, but would work with a wiggle. I bought a new jack socket for a few quid on ebay and soldered it on myself.
Took me most of a Sunday afternoon to do, but I did not fancy the £80 quoted.
Quite an easy job if you can work a screwdriver and soldering iron.

I even had a spare screw left over:whistling:

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Russ66;2188882

My daughters P/B easynote 1938 had the same problem, the plug had melted … My daughters P/B easynote 1938 had the same problem, the plug had melted the plastic where it must have been arcing, but would work with a wiggle. I bought a new jack socket for a few quid on ebay and soldered it on myself.Took me most of a Sunday afternoon to do, but I did not fancy the £80 quoted.Quite an easy job if you can work a screwdriver and soldering iron.I even had a spare screw left over:whistling:



im sure that screw shouldnt be left but if its working who can moan???
So firstly give it a few good "wiggles" and if that doesnt work open it up and just have a quick look for anything that looks damaged or burnt? Im sure i left it on charging for a while ( couple of days) as i went away last weekend!

With ours if you held the plug to the left or right the charge light would come on.

I got all my help from the ][COLOR="Blue"]P/B Forums.[/COLOR]

Maybe they'll be of more help to you.

Good Luck.:thumbsup:

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http://i29.tinypic.com/swbih1.jpg

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im not very goood with a camera lmfao!

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http://i31.tinypic.com/so8egn.jpg

i Found a thick white clay under the orange part.. Is this right?:?

Pitbikeboy;2188488

HAHAHA i dont think so sum how:thumbsup:



seriously it worked for my old acer musta made it connect again just BE CAREFUL

Pitbikeboy;2189504

i Found a thick white clay under the orange part.. Is this right?:?



yes it looks like a cooler for your video chipset (from dodgy photo) so that would be thermal compound to keep the connection right to aid cooling

EDIT: might be your CPU cooler though it would proberly have a fan hard to tell from the photo + removed copy of image as was waste of bandwidth

podd2000;2189854

Good evening,I had the exact same problem with my advent and was given … Good evening,I had the exact same problem with my advent and was given good advice but this did not work.I took it to my local computer shop who took a look and told me it would cost £150 to fix which was way too much probably what the computer was worth as it was 2yrs old and well used.I checked my contents insurance which has accidental damage insurance.even though I not gamaged it by accident I dropped it on the floor 2 or 3 times and took the back off and broke a wire,phoned the insurance company told them that my young son had knocked it off the work surface in the kitchen.I was told that there would be a £100 excess and it would be collected in two days which it was.A few days later I received a phone call offering me a brand spanking new computer which is 3 times as good as the broken one..wow what a bonus..new computer for £100 quid..good luck with your and keep us updated on yours,regards



dear god man that is fraud and i'm sure you should not be advocating that in a public forum to an 18yr old,

Plus there is a possibility that on this model the battery forms part of the power supply circuit so a duff battery may stop boot, remove the battery and try but its no indication of the battery as if it is an essential part the laptop still won't boot.
Try cleaning the contacts of the battery and where it fits to the system (the little metal parts) with a tissue and some meths/surgical spirits.
Also see check the manual to see if there is a an easy way to reset the cmos, after that it is down to profession help i'm afraid

or thorw it away and get a new laptop

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jackt010;2191529

or thorw it away and get a new laptop



Your post is pointless! Already stated i cant afford a new one in the advert!:x

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[QUOTE=maddogb;2191508]dear god man that is fraud and i'm sure you should not be advocating that in a public forum to an 18yr old,



so I should have paid £150 plus to get it fixed even though I have paid for home insurance for years without a claim,dont be silly this is not fraud,the thing is broken:x..there we go posting gone..happy

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I am sorry pitbikeboy if I corrupted you,didnt mean to my apologies

podd2000;2192765

[QUOTE=maddogb;2191508]dear god man that is fraud and i'm sure you should … [QUOTE=maddogb;2191508]dear god man that is fraud and i'm sure you should not be advocating that in a public forum to an 18yr old,so I should have paid £150 plus to get it fixed even though I have paid for home insurance for years without a claim,dont be silly this is not fraud,the thing is broken:x..there we go posting gone..happy



really not making a moral judgment,
but as someone who is having "quotes from a forum i posted in now being produced in a court, it really is not safe to do stuff like that

forums.moneysavingexpert.com/sho…345

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maddogb;2192851

[QUOTE=podd2000;2192765]really not making a moral judgment, but as someone who … [QUOTE=podd2000;2192765]really not making a moral judgment, but as someone who is having "quotes from a forum i posted in now being produced in a court, it really is not safe to do stuff like thathttp://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=920345



ok mate,point taken.good luck

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well ive got the information i need! Thanks everyone for the responces!
Pitbikeboy

p.s good look maddogb
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