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- Holy Smokes! - electrical problem?
April 5, 2005, 3:22 am
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trouble a while back with the power adapter. It seemed that there
may have been a short in it somewhere, as I had to kinda twist it a
bit right at the end where it plugs into the laptop in order to make
That worked for a while, until one day I was using the laptop and
started to smell smoke! Sure enough, there were little wisps of
smoke coming from the vents right by the power supply.
Since then I just the laptop sit (replaced with a desktop). But the
other day I figured I would give it another try. I plugged in the
adapter, and the green light lit up like normal. The laptop would
not boot, however. I clicked the power button and got nothing. And
sure enough, after about ten seconds I started to smell that stench.
Questions: A) Any idea what happened? And B) Is this fixable, or is
the thing shot?
Thanks very much in advance for any insight you can offer.
Re: Holy Smokes! - electrical problem?
A. The smoke is installed at the factory. A short circuit can release
B. Reinstallation of smoke requires professional repair.
Seriously, you'll have to diagnose the short circuit. It is likely the
power supply circuitry is burned/main fuse has opened, and that usually
is a mainboard replacement unless this has a separate power module that
can be replaced.