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TravelMate 8210 freezing / no boot

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Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I have an Acer TravelMate 8210 which is behaving erratically. Sometimes I can boot into windows, work around for 10 minutes before the screen freezes and the keyboard/mouse become unresponsive. Other times, I am not even able to reach the BIOS.

I installed SpeedFan to monitor the temperature, and the CPU temperature starts off around 48C and remains around 48C when the freeze occurs. I have touched the heat sink, and even though it is hot it is not burning hot.

I have tried to removing the memory and trying just one at a time and not luck.

When the computer will not even reach the BIOS the main power light and the "email light" are on. I am not sure if this lighting has any significance.

Please let me know what further details might be helpful.
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At this point I can't even get to the BIOS. I was sometimes in the past able to get into safe mode and even regular mode. I am pretty sure it is a motherboard issue. The computer is 2.5 years old, so I am thinking about calling it a day and buying a new computer.

Any idea what the power light and "mail light" mean?
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I am sure you are all right that the motherboard is gone. All of my tests were inconsistent, even with virtually all hardware removed. I tried some of the components in other computers and the components all seem fine (so thankful the HD is okay as I was on vacation and my last backup was 2 weeks old).
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