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Acer Aspire One won't boot

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My sig rig went down (dead RAM) so I was using my Aspire One that I use for class. I had it hooked up to my monitor via VGA running 1920x1080. I shut it down last night (start > shut down) and closed the lid, left it plugged into power and went to bed. I went to turn it on this morning and nothing. Unplugged everything and checked and the computer will start up it seems, no POST screen or anything on the screen but that's it. The little power button glows but nothing else. The computer also doesn't sound like it's quite on either.

I'm at a loss. Anybody have any ideas?
post #2 of 12
Try taking RAM out and see what happens. Also try holding down the power button for 30 seconds with the battery out, unplugged. Then try to start it back up. Check all connections and reseat if you feel comfortable taking it apart. I use to work on those. The motherboard is fairly easy to replace if that's what it turns out to be. Might find one on eBay.
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Thanks for the quick reply, really appreciated.

I tried the 30 second thing, didn't work, but I'll try it again.

It's a 1 year warranty that's way up, so I guess it doesn't matter if I feel comfortable opening it. I tried once but couldn't get it popped open. Didn't know if it needed a little force or not, but didn't wanna try. Is there some trick you can remember to getting it open?

Thanks.
post #4 of 12
Take all the screws out in the bottom. Might be one or two under the access panel. The little pieces at either side of the top of the keyboard come off when you take the bottom corner screws out. Take the keyboard out (little tabs you push in at top of keyboard if I remember right). Take any top down screws out. Pry apart.
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Thanks again.

I'll go try now and post back (if you care to follow my progress, that is).
post #6 of 12
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Well that was a freakin' adventure and a half. Holy screws.

Anyways, reseated the RAM and hard drive. Nothing. The thing at least receives enough power that the power button light will light up, but that's it. None of the other lights blink or anything unless it's the battery light and it's plugged into the wall.

Any ideas what could be wrong? Dead mobo? CPU?
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Originally Posted by losttsol View Post
Take all the screws out in the bottom. Might be one or two under the access panel. The little pieces at either side of the top of the keyboard come off when you take the bottom corner screws out. Take the keyboard out (little tabs you push in at top of keyboard if I remember right). Take any top down screws out. Pry apart.
Good advice.
post #8 of 12
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It worked. I just put every screw back in the wrong place, but it's not like it affected the performance at all.
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It worked. I just put every screw back in the wrong place, but it's not like it affected the performance at all.
I have seen more than a few laptops miraculously start working again just by taking them apart and putting them back together again. I think just the parts being so close to each other, sometimes they touch and short out maybe, or just plugs come loose. They are strange beasts.
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post #10 of 12
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Oh I meant the "prying" worked, not the taking apart. I can understand how taking it apart would help. It sat on my desk undisturbed all night so I can't even venture the slightest guess at how something may have been dislodged even a hair. Really odd.
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