Hey everyone, this is my first post.
I expect it's a lost cause, but if anyone can shed any light or come up with any suggestions i'll be very greatful.
Oki, I found a laptop in the bin today.
I know, not an everyday occurence.
The Hdd(and i assume associated unit) has been removed, which suggests somoen broke their lappy, ripped out disk, and ditched it.
Anyway, it' visually in good nick, no cracks in screen or anything, ram still attached.
However, i've whacked a power supply from an old external disk into it.
Upon pressing the power button i get a couple of flashes then it switches off.
That is, the blue power light comes on for 2-4 seconds, the lightning symbol(faulty power?) flashes a few times, and the light above the speaker button/near the battery sometimes flashes amber. and then nothing.
If i dont have the battery inserted i get nothing at all, no flashes, nothing.
That's about all the testing i can think to do.
I've tried opening the case, but once i got all the screws out i couldn't figure out how to seperate the case, it seems to be attached towards the rear somehow...
I'm not very up on laptops but the things that occour to me as possibilities are:
the psu i am using is incompatable(but why do i get any lights at all when i press the power key)
the battery is toast- more than likely, but surely the thing should still do something unless...
the psu in the laptop is toast(again, how do i get lights if the psu is toast?)
the thing wont start without an hdd present(very doubtful)
Has anyone got any ideas what could be the problem, or any suggestions as to how i could go about diagnosing the fault?
Any suggestions wehre to go to find out how to open the case.
I'm reluctant to accept the thory that it's just broke, i'd like to know in what way it's broken.
Worst case, i'll strip it and use some of it's components in my via board.
I've got no money and loads of time on my hands, so i need a project anyhow.
any and all help appreciated