[QUOTE=OlyComputers;724875]This is usually a defective hard drive, so it's odd that it would come back clean. I would suggest:

  1. open the case and re-seat all the cables.
  2. reset your BIOS manually by unplugging the system and removing (then reinserting) the CMOS battery, if you're not comfortable with this the BIOS should have a "restore to factory defaults" option, it's not as good but it could do the trick.[/QUOTE]

I agree with #2 here. Try that first. Then check the web to see if there is a new BIOS update for you. Then proceed to step 1 IMO.

I would try and power on with just the CPU in the board. Most motherboards will give you a beeping error if there is no RAM. This will at least tell you that it's POSTing up to the RAM check. This will verify that your CPU and motherboard are functioning.

[QUOTE=jbennet;725093]okay thats a POST error code

the pitch/number/duration/frequency of beeps will tell you something, depending on what make your motherboard is.[/QUOTE]

Yup. The motherboard is trying to tell you that something is wrong. You need to find your mobo manual or look it up on the web to determine the error beep you are getting.

Quick and dirty - reseat all your mobo components and try to POST again. RAM, CPU, cables, etc.

No video signal? Any beeps?

From your symptoms, it sounds like the machine isn't completeing it's POST cycle.

Quick and easy - try to remove the RAM and power it on. You should get error beeps. If you don't, reseat the processor and try again.

I usually stick something soft like a zip tie end into the fan slowly until I hear it hit the zip tie. If it hits, I know the fan is working. If it doesn't - it's broke :-D

OlyComputers commented: Beautiful in it's simplicity. +2

+1 I agree.

It's amazing that the laptop lasted long enough to melt the plastic! Usualy a capacitor just blows out and you get nothing after that. There is an off chance that it could be the AC Adapter as well. Power from the wall could be dirty causing the AC Adapter to retain too much and overheat. Hmmm, that might not melt the end though. Most likely motherboard.

+1 I agree.

I have an E6500. This is where the fingerprint ID reader would be installed if you paid for that option.

Sounds like you ran the basics of isolating the problem. Good job. You replaced the motherboard and you say it now powers up but you see nothing? When you power up with the new motherboard do you hear any POST beeps?

You might need to start the process over with the new mobo in. Try removing the RAM and powering on. Do you get POST beeps? Most mobos with give a beeping error with no RAM installed. If you hear nothing, you may have blown your proccessor and old mobo at the same time. Is your cpu fan working?

Hi, I had this same printer with the same issue. I went to Officemax to purchase new ink and found out that it was going to cost me $65. Yikes. I dropped 85 on a new photo printer and tossed the i560. I know this isn't a solution but it is an option.

The i560 has a software install cd that comes with it. This software has some tools that clean and calibrate the printer. Try running those.

OlyComputers is right.

Also try a different power molex for your CDROM.

My only guess is that you have a conflict between the internal laptop mouse (trackpad) and your external mouse.

  1. Test with a different external mouse.
  2. Disable the trackpad mouse in BIOS.
  3. Remove laptop from dock and connect mouse directly to the laptop.

Does your situation change with any of the above options?

Remove everything you can from the box. RAM, HDD, CDROM, Keyboard, external devices. Try getting lights with only the AC Adapter plugged in.

Also check where the AC Adapter plugs into the motherboard, you will see the pin. Check to see if that is broken or very loose. Laptop motherboards have a small plug in them connected with 2-3 points of solder, sometimes that breaks.

What Pressario is it? How old is that drive? You can get a replacement DVD drive for 10 - 20 bucks on newegg. That shouldn't hurt your wallet too badly.

Only other thing I would try is to power down and reseat your IDE/SATA cable to and from the drive.

Remember, optical drives have moving parts and wear out quicker than other components.

Which version of wonderful Windows are you using? Any Windows 32bit OS will not see more than 4GB of RAM. There would be no point in using 8GB unless you are running a 64bit OS. Yes, yes, there are some apps that will allow Windows to see more but they are not always stable and can cause memory leaks. I suggest installing a secondary HDD, if you have one lying around, and install a 64bit OS. OpenSUSE is free and easly installed. Try that for fun.

What game is it? I'm a big gamer myself and have had this issue in the past on different builds. Last time this happened to me, I was playing Battlefield 2. The game kept freezing on me and I finally found out that it was my video card overheating. When the game would freeze, I would quickly touch all the components inside my PC looking for hot spots. My video card was passively cooled so I installed a fan directly on my video card and the problem was fixed.

Keyboard bezels are trickey. I always feel like they are going to break when removing them. I usually use a small screwdriver to help get under the bezel so I can wiggle it loose. Follow the guide and be forceful but gentle. Oxymoron I know.

Here are the basic troubleshooting techniques I use to find a "mysterious" problem such as yours.

  1. Remove battery and set it aside - try to POST
  2. Remove HDD and set it aside - try to POST
  3. Remove CDROM and set it aside - try to POST
  4. Remove RAM and set it aside - try to POST (PCs can't POST without RAM silly man, duh, listen for a beep from your PC speaker. 99% of motherboards I've worked on give some sort of error beep when no RAM is installed.

Basically what you are doing is isolating all periferals until you find out if one of them is causing the no boot issue. Once you are down to nothing left, you can be sure it's a mobo or proc issue.

Hi. I've been fixing laptops for 11 years now. Wow I'm getting old. Anyway, if I had this unit in my shop, the first thing I would do is reseat the keyboard. 99% of laptop keyboard are very easily removed by taking out the keyboard screws from the bottom of the unit. Also check to see if the top keyboard bezel stip is also holding the keyboard in place.

Once under the keyboard, look for a ZIF (zero insertion force) socket holding the keyboard ribbon cable in place. Remove it and reseat it.

Does the problem occour with an external keyboard plugged in?