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Old 04-02-2009, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well we got into the office today and my father's HP Pavilion TX1000 will not completely start up. Pressing the power button gives it 2 seconds of life before the fan even turns and then it shuts down. I have done a power drain which was recommended by somebody, that didn't help. The only thing I can think of is the motherboard died. My father uses the laptop with an external 27® flat screen monitor, so the laptop's monitor is never on, the laptop sits on his desk as if it was a desktop PC and he never takes it anywhere. I gave the insides a peak and it didn't look to dirty in there. I googled for awhile and I just came across other people with the same problems and no one has any fixes, except for that power drain bs. Anyone?

Edit: I have also tried taking the battery off and keeping the power connected but it still has the same issue. HP's tech support just says that with these symptoms, ®the laptop needs to be repaired® ... wow ..
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Kinda sounds like a power issue, but the turning on and fans spinning for a second kinda has me baffled. Usually if it is a power issue the lights will flicker for two seconds and it won't turn on - no turn on for two seconds and turn off...

See if you can use a different power adapter to see if that works. I realize you probably don't want to spend 80 bucks on a new adapter just to SEE if this is the problem, so go to a local computer store and see if they have one that they can test for you.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, I put my ear down on the keyboard (should have done that to begin with), pressed the power button and it gives no power whatsoever..lights for 2 seconds and then back off.
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Then it isn't getting power and the battery is drained. Which means either your adapter needs replacing OR the power connector on the motherboard needs soldering.
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Default Re: Laptop powers on for 2 seconds

Hello,

Is the laptop still under warranty?
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Unfortunately the warranty is out and there is no Hewlett Packard in Panama.
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Sounds like the motherboard has failed.

This is rather normal of most HP Pavilion's last death rattle.
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