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Old 09-23-2013, 01:31 PM   #21
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Worth a try, you've got little to lose. You may have to buy a CMOS/BIOS backup battery but they're often a cheap CR2032.

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Ok, I managed to get the computer back together correctly (I think). I can now turn it on. Here's exactly what it's doing. When I turn it on, there are three lights on the front of the computer that are lit up. One is red and is for the battery, the other two are blue, and are for the power cord, and the power.

The fan cuts on for about half a second or so, and then cuts off. The screen stays pitch black and never does anything.

I also tried a hard reset. Nothing.

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I also read that re-flowing the motherboard might fix the problem. Is that something I could possibly do?

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It just turned on...

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It just turned on...
Turned on as power to the screen?
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Turned on? Booted up to Windows?

Reflowing? Were you talking about reflashing the BIOS?

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Turned on? Booted up to Windows?

Reflowing? Were you talking about reflashing the BIOS?
Turned on, as in typing on it right now.

Reflowing as in stripping the motherboard, sticking it in the oven, and resoldering everything. I read that computers that had undergone overheating problems could sometimes cause the solder on the motherboard to fracture and cause bad connections, and that reflowing the motherboard could fix that problem at least temporarily.

As for the BIOS, I was not able to reset it, because I couldn't get the computer to turn on before. The computer just started beeping (dieing battery), so I plugged it in and tried turning it off, and then on again. It worked!
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Well that's good news!

Yeah, "fried" often means a lazy tech or one who can't figure out what's really wrong.

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