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I have the most simple and downright stupid problem. My laptop wil not start up, in fact there is no power at all. As I am relatively new to the world of laptop computers, I'm fine with the software aspect but when it comes down to the hardware aspect I'm confused. When I flick the switch on the side, there is no power at all. I dont know if its the battery that needs charging or a fuse which has blown.

It could be anything really. If anyone could offer me some advice to how to find the problem then that would be great. Is this a common problem?

It is an IBM ThinkPad laptop. Cheers.
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by:jjeff1
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First, does it work when on AC power? If not, there is not a lot you can do without taking it apart. As I recall, there are no user replaceable fuses in laptops.
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by:slink9
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I am guessing it doesn't work on AC power.  I have heard of this happening because of a defective battery.  Can you borrow that same type of battery from a friend and give that a shot?
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by:SysExpert
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If the machine is under warantee , call IBM.
If it is not, buy a new battery.
You might also check the power suply and associated wiring to make sure it is OK.

Has the battery life been shortening ? If so the battery could be at the end of it's life.

You might also take it to a friend who understands a little more about hardware and can check the power supply.

Other options are a store that might have a power supply you can test with.

I hope this helps !
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by:edmonds_robert
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Also, try taking the battery out and hooking up the AC.  Many times if the battery craps out on you, removing the battery will let you boot it.  That also tells you the battery is bad.
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by:slink9
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On the flip side of that, some laptops will not boot without the battery since that leaves an open circuit.  I guess that would explain why a dead battery could cause it not to boot at all.
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by:Griffon
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I would make sure that nothing is loose or half in (although this is unlikely in a laptop).

check the power adapter ~ not sure what you should do with it though that does not involve electricution risks LOL (try changing the fuse in this if it does not work)

leave the laptop alone as I assume you have a warrantee and doing just about anything to it is likely to void the warrantee. (believe everything save the screens tend to have cover).

if you have never managed to turn it on check there is not any further packaging to be removed and that the battery is plugged in correctly. also that it does not have an on button on the keyboard and such like as well as the on switch on the side.

strange to have no response at all...

maybe if you post all the information about the laptop, how long u have had it, what brand it is... etc

Griffon.
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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What model of Thinkpad is it?  As mentioned above, will it work when plugged into the A/C power adapter?  Can you remove the battery and reseat it??  Assuming it is less than 3 years old, you're probably best off calling IBM:

ThinkPad   Toll Free: 1-800-772-2227

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by:ice911
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when my ibm laptop runs out of battery power i can not turn it back on until i take the battery out and put it back in and start the recharging of the battery.
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by:joe_aqs
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What model is this?

Has the AC Adaptor been tested for voltage?

ect ect ect ect ect

There are surface mount fuses on the systemboard, one near the battery circuit one near the AC jack.

More information is needed.

Joe
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by:Asta Cu
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Have you been helped here or is more needed?
Asta
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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PAQ no refund, no questioner response.  Too many experts proposed different, all possible solutions to split.

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