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Compaq Presario V2000 Dead? (Won't power up)

By thallarsen ·
My 18 month old V2403NR (V2000 series) abruptly powered off during use this morning. This is the first time that it's done anything like this. It wasn't a gradual powering down, but an abrupt shutoff, similar to that of pulling the battery (w/no AC cord plugged in).
After coming across the numerous post regarding 'dead' Presario V2000's I read the majority of comments and concluded that my notebook a piece of junk, and was among the numerous cases that apparently experienced a motherboard failure.
After realizing that I hadn't purchased an extended warranty & that my S/N indicated only a 1 year HP warranty, I figured that I was SOL.
Before jumping on the bandwagon (not to discredit any of the claims in other threads) I decided to give HP tech support a try.
Following the troubleshooting prompts, a suggestion was to reseat the RAM module.
I decided to try this, and Voila! I'm back in business!
No bad components, no need for service, no need to sit on the phone with tech support...just reseating the RAM.
This module is easily accessible from the bottom of the notebook, and this can be done in less than 5 minutes (much easier than that of any Mac notebook, I might add).
Anyway, the steps in the HP site are a bit confusing, so I'll outline my steps.
*Unplug the AC cord
*Remove the battery
*Locate the memory cover on the underside of the notebook
*Unscrew the one or two screws securing the memory cover, and lift up to remove the cover
*Gently slide (away from one another) the metal retaining clips that hold down the module.
*The module should pop up
*Remove the module
*Reinstall the module (removing and reinstalling the module is apparently enough to rectify the contacts)
*Replace the module cover and the battery
*Attach the power cord
*Try to power up

Hopefully this works for you as it did for me.
I figured that I should post this for those of you who have experienced what I did, and have assumed the worst (bad motherboard or powerboard).
I highly recommend trying this simple troubleshooting step before assuming the worst.

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Compaq Presario V200 Resurrected

by gwbillmiller In reply to Compaq Presario V2000 Dea ...

A million thank yous thallarsen. I followed your procedure and to my amazement and delight my laptop powered up and is working fine. You saved me from buying a new laptop.

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People jealous of em

by ty.shanks In reply to Compaq Presario V2000 Dea ...

I always vision a person slamming my computer no sooner than I leave it anywhere. It takes a lot of wear and tear but not the type vandalism that it tells me it receives.

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Compaq presario v2000 dead

by graciehall In reply to Compaq Presario V2000 Dea ...

Hi I have tried what you said, unfortunately it did not work for me. Any other ideas apart from using the lap top as a paper weight.

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It may be a power problem

by NickNielsen In reply to Compaq presario v2000 dea ...

Have you checked the battery and power supply? If you don't know how, your local Batteries Plus will be happy to do it.

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