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Fixed HP TX1000 with towel trick

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Today I got a free HP Pavilion TX1000 from someone I knew. It wasn't working. It would turn on, but nothing would happen. So I looked it up and someone said to try the towel trick.

The towel trick is popular with Xbox 360's because the graphics chip would come unseated. That's what was happening with these laptops, the video chip would come unseated. So wrapping the laptop in a couple towels, after removing the battery, hard drive, and wireless card, and turning it on for a couple hours until it shuts off allows the solder to flow again and the chip will reseat.
Now, it might not work on the first go, so try it a couple of times if it doesn't work.

So I did for about a hour maybe an hour and a half and the computer shuts off while wrapped. I was like oh crap. Then I let it cool and turned it on and it booted!

So if any of you are having a similar issue, give it a go!
Edited by Mikezilla - 2/8/10 at 2:25pm
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Can you explain this towel trick?
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Can you explain this towel trick?
I will do so in the OP. Sorry, that slipped my mind.
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i believe it's probably the same towel trick used with xbox 360's that had the rrod.

good job on fixin it op
    
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i believe it's probably the same towel trick used with xbox 360's that had the rrod.

good job on fixin it op
Exactly.
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To temporarily fix your xbox 360 you wrap it in towels, turn it on, and wait about an hour. This is supposed to remelt the components that became disconnected and when it cools it should work again.
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Do you have any issues with the tx1000 overheating?
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Do you have any issues with the tx1000 overheating?
Nope, runs like a dream ever since I fixed it.
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Nope, runs like a dream ever since I fixed it.
Sell it! People are getting like 300 bucks on ebay for ones listed as for parts only... lol
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I've been using it.
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