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dropped Laptop Wont Power Up


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#1 Viking62

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:23 AM

Not if this belongs here or not. I have a Dell Latitude 520 with Windows XP. I knocked it off a desk and now it will not power up. It was running when it hit the floor and promptly shut-off. I have taken it apart and can see no internal damage. Checked to make sure everything is seated properly. Tried with and without power adapter and hard drive. All to no avail.
Any suggestions? Is there a reset after a shock or something like that?

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

I would suspect that there is something internally wrong that you cannot see. The shock probably broke one of the small traces or a component off the trace. It would be almost impossible to see any damage like that.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 07:19 AM

I know you mentioned that you can't see any internal problems, but have you checked all the main connections (particularly from and to the PSU)? I'm not too knowledgeable with laptops but you could have damaged the PSU; the impact could possibly have short-circuited it. It definitely sounds like a power problem, I can't see any other reason for any computer not to start up at all. I'd get it diagnosed before taking any action.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:22 AM

Try removing the battery as well as AC power and hold the power button for about 30 secs to reset. Try restarting on AC or battery but reset by removing all power/hold button before each attempt.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:04 PM

Thanks for the replys and sorry for the delay responding. I've been off line for a while.
No luck with the laptop. Cant get it to do anything so I got a new one. Was due for it anyway.
I'd still like to get data off the old hard drive though. i have tons of pictures that are not backed up.
Any ideas? Or should that be another thread in a another section?

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:09 PM

It should be a new thread under INternal hardware.
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