posted on Apr, 22 2009 @ 02:31 PM
The screen has been flickering on and off. Then the computer loses the screen, but may keep running. It will also just shut off abruptly. It did
this both on the battery and the AC power supply.
I moved the computer RAM chip to the other slot, and I thought the problem went away. But it started acting weird again. The screen wasn't
flickering at first, but the CD drive started acting weird, and not reading the music from a CD, that it had previously read fine. And, the screen
started to eventually flicker again, and the same problems occurred.
I opened it up, applied a little compressed air to clean it out, disconnected some things, I wanted to re-seat the processor, but how to do this was
a bit of a mystery. It shows a "lock" and "unlock," but everything is so solid, I didn't want to apply too much force. I tried a small
screwdriver one time, but ended up putting a tiny dent in he side of of the processor, which I guess didn't hurt it. I pushed around and did some
prying on the processor. I seemed to move it out of the slot a little, but I didn't pursue this too much, because it just seemed to be in there too
Anyway, I settled for tapping on the processor a little to hopefully help with any possible connection problems. I put everything back, as it should
be, unless I reversed one of the ribbons. Now the machine doesn't want to even power on. No indicator lights are on either. I kind of squeezed the
power button ribbon cable between a cover plate and the case, putting it together, but again, I don't know if this really hurt anything, it's a flat
cable. Unless the ribbon is very delicate and can't tolerate much, or was already damaged in some way? I did pull on it to try and free it, before
deciding to take the plate back off, but I wasn't trying to Hulk Hogan it out, or anything.
Seems like an electrical problem of some sort?