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Averatec 2300

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Its an Averatec 2300, not booting up with nvidia display card. windows xp SP3

after pressing power button, two blue led's in front & Cd-drive spins fast.
nothing on the screen, no cpu fan & no activity at all.

Reloaded windows several times, replaced RAM, mother board, HDD no joy.

sometimes it boots up ok then works fine no issues at all but for days, once you shut it down it takes 15-20-50 attempts to reboot again.

tried bootingup without the battery still the same.

any help welcome,

many thanks
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by:dbrunton
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Suggestion only.  (I suspect this won't work).

Look in the BIOS for boot order.  Try and make the hard disk last to boot i.e. let the CDROM drive, floppy and network card boot first.  This is giving the hard disk more time to be found by the computer.
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by:nobus
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>>  Reloaded windows several times, replaced RAM, mother board, HDD no joy   <<   then it has to be something you did not replace yet : cpu
or are there other devices connected ?
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by:Mark
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I would suspect the motherboard, the symptom you described-->"it takes 15-20-50 attempts to reboot again<--
Is inline with a voltage regulation issue. This is usually seen when you have bad capacitors.
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by:nobus
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yes, but he changed the mobo...
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by:Mark
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Ah so, did not notice that. Thanks nobus.
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by:peter_922002
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Many thanks guys (sparkmaker, nobus, dbrunton) for all your support & time.

Just an update:

1) when motherboard was replaced 6months back it worked fine for 1month & then back to same situation.

2) Yes, it seems to be voltage regulation issue or bios & its a known issue with Averatec 2300 but their is no solution on the web for this issue, yet. (no help from Averatec)

3) I left it running for about 5hrs no device connected, CPU is heated up, no CPU fan running, cd-drive running.

4) now windows xp bootable cd in drive tried booting several times no luck.

Please any more help welcome, I need to fix this issue.

many thanks
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by:Mark
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6 months. Enough time to damage the motherboard and produce  a reappearance of the same problem. Was the the AC adapter replaced? It may be causing issues as it could be a source for power fluctuations.
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>>     & its a known issue with Averatec 2300     <<  then you should look for an upgraded version on the mobo.
since no help from them, i think that you won't buy their products again..
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by:peter_922002
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Yes, I'll never buy Averatec again.

Secondly, lot of users are facing similar issues with their Averatec Laptops.

AC Adaptor wasn't replaced but I've tried it with different adaptor no luck.

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by:Mark
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I was thinking that the AC adapter may be the cause of the motherboard problem.
Was the newer motherboard used with the old adapter until it started having issues?
 Trying with different adapter after the problems arise may be too late as the motherboard may already be damaged at that point.
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by:peter_922002
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May be you are right.

Did manage to boot it up this morning, everything is working fine.

My query is if the motherboard or adaptor or anything else is faulty it should show up in the system log or anywhere in the system. Everything works perfect once it booted up & running.
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Not necessarily, as its inability to start properly keeps it from logging any problem.

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by:peter_922002
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Many thanks for your help & time experts but this laptop still remains a mystry. one day its working fine then again starts playing up.
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