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Pavilion dv1000, Intel Pentium M 1.5GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB hard drive

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I've tried all the "tricks" and my computer still won't turn on

My dinosaur of a computer won't turn on, but I love it and refuse to give up! It hadn't been in use for a while, but if I took the battery out, pressed the power button for 30 sec and turned it back on after replacing everything, it usually started right back up. There is no activity/lights of any sort. I have since tried taking the hard drive out and memory board replacing them one at a time (as suggested) and still no lights, camera, action... I read that the issue might be with the motherboard? Has anyone else had an issue with this and may have a solution for it, or is it as simple as replacing the motherboard?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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If you have tried the HDD and RAM then it does sound like the motherboard is dead, it may be fixable but it is probably the power IC or the caps have given up, they are usually solid state and not as handy to pick up in an electronics store.

You could buy a motherboard to replace it but the options are not very good:

It will be at least 2nd hand

You won't know it's history

You don't know how long it will last

And you will have little recourse if anything goes wrong

I know getting used to a new system is a big deal but other than visuals and security Windows 7/8/10 is basically XP. They all serve the same purpose.

So my advice would be to go get yourself a new laptop , you can pick up a nice system for a good price that suits you. The best part is that all the things you put up with on your old system will be gone, you will literally be swapping it for a younger model. That is the best advice I can give.

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