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I power it on, fan spins, then it powers off and then tries to power on again. Same results, repeats 3 times, then shuts down.

I've tested the RAM and it should work. I can't imagine why it would suddenly stop working. I did install a 1GB ram DIMM a few days ago but it's not defective, and it still has the same problem without the DIMM. The only other thing I could think of that wouldn't allow it to even POST would be HDD or maybe a power wire came loose. Any way to diagnose?

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Yeah, a lot of problems with laptops are the HDDs. If you still have warranty on the laptop, send it back. If you don't, open it up and see for yourself.
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Yeah, whip the HDD out and try checking it in your pc - it sounds like it could be at fault.
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Most likely the HDD. How old is it?
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How do I check the HDD? I don't have any other laptops to check it with.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xHassassin View Post
How do I check the HDD? I don't have any other laptops to check it with.


What model laptop?
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What model laptop?
Acer Aspire with T2450.
    
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post #8 of 13
Pretty much every laptop HDD is accessible from the bottom of the laptop. Take a look.



The motherboard might have gone bad as well...
post #9 of 13
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Yeah I know that I'm just wondering how I could test if its dead or not if I have no other laptops to stick it in.

Also when booting up the HDD activity LED thing flickers three times before shutting off. Is that some sort of error code?
    
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post #10 of 13
Try leaving it plugged in for 30 or so minutes, then try booting.
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