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Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:47 PM
Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:44 AM
Posted 15 March 2013 - 10:25 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:09 AM
I could see that your laptop is too old. Are you sure that Battery and the Power Supply are working fine.
Is the lights in front of the laptop turning ON and if you have a cable modem, can you check whether it shows any activity when you turn ON your laptop.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:57 AM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:54 AM
Do you hear any fans running when you turn it on?
If not, then you may not have any cooling for your CPU or graphics, which will cause a shut down, almost immediatly,(spelling?) at least that's what happened with one of my old laptops..
Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:46 PM
Posted 18 March 2013 - 04:34 AM
Greetings Captain. That computer was built in the very early 21st century. You need to manually press the power button to turn it on, telling it to turn on just won't work
One possible cause is the power switch has died of old age. Try pressing it from different angles, you might find the sweet spot.
I would try disconnecting all power from the computer. This is not just charger and battery, but also any network cables and phone connections. Wait a minute or so then put it back together and try again.
If these steps haven't cured the fault, remove the CMOS battery for about 5 minutes. Fortunately on your model it is not too difficult to get at. Remove one of the small plastic covers from the base of the computer. It is held on with two screws. Disconnect the cable from the board you find underneath. Release the two retaining clips and remove the board. You should now see the battery. Using a small flat blade screwdriver release the battery.
Should these steps fail to bring the computer back to life, then you could be looking at motherboard, processor or RAM failure. Given the age of the computer, this could be a great excuse to upgrade to a new computer.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:22 PM
Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:11 AM
If it was me, given the low cost of new computers, I would give up at this point.
The only practical way to test if it is motherboard or processor is to try installing a known working one of either. I doubt you would find these new, however there are several motherboard processor combos on Ebay currently around the 40 USD price mark.
You can't rule out RAM yet. I have seen a couple of computers that have failed to start due to faulty RAM.
Have you tried altering the simulator's program to a scenario where the laptop works?
Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:27 PM
Edited by James T Kirk, 19 March 2013 - 10:27 PM.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:23 AM
Of course it is possible, but I somehow suspect that is might be beyond your budget. Even Bill Gates has not progressed beyond a games console. In a laptop every component is designed to fit every other component. This means the only off the shelf components are the processor, RAM and chipset. The motherboard, case and cooling have to be made for each other. Then the keyboard, pointing device and even the display need to be designed to fit the case. Doing everything on the cheap might allow you to make one for around $10,000,000. Although you could drop this price substantially if size and weight are not considerations (picture a van with a desktop computer and an inverter).
In my last post I told you that you can replace the motherboard and processor fairly cheaply with second hand parts. These become available because the most common reason for writing off a laptop is screen failure. Although I wrote off a laptop of a similar age as yours because the hard drive failed. The $700 replacement was about 6 times as fast and that was 3 years ago.
Still, this laptop is my least used computer. I mostly use a desktop. The laptop is only used when I am away from home, working on equipment that needs a portable computer and cold mornings when I don't want to get out of bed. I also use an 7" android tablet which is the only computer that comfortably fits in my back trouser pocket. The android is unbeatable when it comes to emails on the road and even VFR (visual flight rules) navigation when above cloud.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:45 PM
Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:24 AM
That really depends on the state of your finances. If you can afford a new one now that prices start around $500, then ditch it. Otherwise get on Ebay and by a second hand motherboard and cpu. Then of course you have to think about fitting it. Most laptops require you to remove every component until you are left with the motherboard and bottom cover. It's been a few ytears since I have done that and wouldn't mind if it's a few more years before I have to do it again.
By cloud I mean the fluffy white stuff that prevents you using landmarks to work out where you are. Aviation GPS tells you how far and what direction the airport is in. Google maps how ever shows towns and roads. A much easier reference point when working out where those pesky mountains are.
Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:06 PM
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