Did your laptop suddenly die and no matter what you do you can’t get it to power up again? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place.
You’re about to learn how to repair your non booting laptop in just one hour. No need of reinstalling anything. No need of buying new components. This 30-page PDF repair manual can help you do this fix even if you never did this before.
So, let’s get started.
You probably have a laptop that’s a few years old, and now it just won’t power up no matter what you do to it: change the hard drive, replace the RAM, CPU, battery, new power brick and so on. Nothing seems to work. Your laptop just won’t boot up.
If your non-booting Toshiba or HP or Dell laptop has at least two of the listed symptoms, this repair manual could be useful to you:
- when I press the Power button the laptop LEDs blink for a second and then it shuts down completely
- at each attempt to boot, the CPU fan spins for a second and then everything shuts down
- the DVD drive won’t open even though it does spin up for a second
- the hard drive does spin up but the laptop does not boot
- laptop turns on but the BIOS doesn’t show
- Laptop does not power up at all
If your laptop behaves in this way, you’re set. This repair manual can get you under way and you can repair your laptop within the hour!
The Maxim 1978, Maxim 1532ETL or Maxim 8770 Chip Problem
When you try to power up your Toshiba Satellite or HP or Dell laptop, the computer goes through a Power-On Self Test sequence, aka POST and if this self diagnostics finds a problem with the hardware, it shoots out the appropriate error code. With desktops this comes as a series of beeps. With laptops it’s usually a series of blinks of all laptop lights.
So, when you notice that your laptop does not power up but the LEDs blink, for example Long-Short-Short-Long blink (aka 1001 error code), this means that you need the laptop repair manual and you can find what this error code means. Unfortunately, I’ve came across a ton of laptops that suffer from the same fate, but all of them shoot out a different error code.
What actually happens is that the motherboard (or main board, if you prefer) power regulating circuitry is failing, and in different laptops different components lose power. This is why each laptop shoots out a different error code, but what is in common is that all these error codes are actually pointing to a power-related issue.
From what I’ve seen sofar, any laptop that is produced between 2004 and 2009 use the Maxim 1987 or Maxim 1532ETL power regulator, or power driver. In post 2009 laptops, Maxim Inc. launched a new, beefed up power driver chip, the Maxim 8770, that also causes the same laptop failure. This is the infamous Maxim power driver chip failure, which makes the laptop motherboard useless. The failure is caused by an effect called chip creep (detailed explanation in the PDF repiar manual below).
Possible Maxim chip Repairs
Repair centers offer two solutions: opt for a new motherboard which costs about $300 plus the service fees, or get a new laptop. However, there is a way that you can save your old motherboard by fixing this Maxim chip problem.
In a nutshell, what you need to do is pull the motherboard out of the laptop and resolder the Maxim chip. The resolder is a touchy process, and if you’ve never done a similar repair to an SMD chip I strongly recommend this PDF illustrated manual.
Take advantage of my work here. I spent almost an entire year troubleshooting and research that finally resulted in this repair technique. I’ve searched the net for a very long time and failed to find a workable solution, so I decided to write one.
It’s very difficult to narrow down a precise list of laptop makes and models that are affected by this Maxim power chip failure. The best way to know is to see the short list of symptoms and make sure your laptop has them. So make sure your laptop does have these symptoms listed previously. The most common issue is that the LEDs blink a few times, the CPU fan spins up for a second or two, and then everything shuts down. If the laptop has these symptoms, and is at least 2 years old chances are this Maxim chip problem is what’s bothering your laptop. In general, all laptops that experience the listed symptoms, and that are produced between 2002-2008, are likely to use this Maxim chip. Below is just a short list of most common laptops that users reported of having this Maxim chip issue:
- Toshiba Satellite m30 series
- Toshiba Satellite m35 series
- Toshiba Satellite m 115 series
- Toshiba Satellite A135 (uses a Maxim 8770 chip)
- Toshiba Satellite a65
- Toshiba Satellite A75
- Toshiba Satellite L300 series
- HP nc6000 series
- HP nc7000 series
- HP nc9000 series
- Acer Aspire 4xxx series
- Dell Latitude D600 series
- Some Sony models
- Some MAC models
What’s in the Toshiba m35/HP NC6000 laptop repair manual?
In this 30-page repair manual you will get a clear understanding of the defect and how to repair it yourself. This laptop repair manual is out in the public since 2008. In these past few years, it helped over 30.000 users, and got three updates, so this third updated edition is brand new, published on 15th of March 2011 and brings you tons of helpful info for this repair project:
- list of all the tools needed for the job
- three repair techniques to choose from (mostly dictated by the tools you have)
- a dozen photos and illustrations guiding you through the repair
- three resoldering videos to help you with the fast repair approaches
- fully illustrated disassembly guide (Toshiba m35, but works just fine for any other laptop except MAC)
- FREE tutorial for the power plug repair
In it you’ll find a detailed explanation and three resoldering techniques, with all the explanations and illustrations needed to make the repair yourself. Once you get to the motherboard, the repair process lasts from just one minute (the fastest repair technique) up to 15 minutes (the slowest repair technique).
So don’t waste your time and money on repair centers or improvised solutions. Get this unique repair manual and fix your laptop within the hour.