just curious.... where did you get the circuit board that connects power to the mobo?
I do believe that mine is shot. PC works fine while plugged in but it will not charge or run off a battery (yes I have bought a new batt just to make sure) My guess would be the area on the mobo right where the power plugs in. Any ideas?
I've seen some testers confirm that at least 2GB of RAM will be "needed" to run games well if you have the Vista version with the Areo interface... I guess it may be a real system hog. Oh well, I don't mind excuses to upgrade
I do wish that each version of any software would become better streamlined as opposed to more complicated and buggy... /sigh
Originally Posted by aussie
As to the shutdown, it sounds like the switching regulator is stuffed.
You can extend their life by following this procedure when powering them up:
Your switch mode power supplies will thank you
Good tips! I thank you as well!
Originally Posted by aussie
Your battery is dead.
I have three such items doing exactly what you describe
It would seem that the Li-ion cells are not that robust and only last 12-18 months at best.
You only have to purchase a new battery.
First, thanks very much for the reply...I was beginning to wonder if I had asked too hard of a question or something. I do appreaciate your help...
however I just did purchase a new battery to see...
I'm looking for repair opinions, so any ideas you have will be much appreciated!
Prostar 8814 (same as Sager 8890) will only run off of AC adapter. If there is a battery in the laptop, the battery light goes from green to orange constantly and I have tried a new battery but it immediately shuts off if I try to run on the battery only.
QUESTIONS: Any ideas as to the cause and is it user servicable?
Approximately how much do you think it would cost...
My Auto Cig Charger is dead again. I rarely use it. Bought the first one in Oct 2003 from PowerNotebooks. It died the 2nd time I used it. PowerNotebooks sent a replacement. I have used it infrequently (MAYBE 4 times) and this one has died as well.
There is no fuse to blow or replace.
The LED does not light, and it does not drain any power, it's just dead.
Just curious if this is a common problem?
I have a totally silent Nexus cooler pad that uses heat-pipes to keep it cool. Nice thing about it is that it does not drain your battery to use it and it keeps a good space under your 8890 for airflow. The 8890's rubber feet fit perfectly and it even matches the chassis
Is it worth $35 + for a few degrees and a cool surface? That is up to you, but I do like mine!
great guide! Glad I tried it. BIG DIFFERENCE FOR ME, BUT....
I went a step further and resurfaced (lapped) my heatsink and CPU.
If you are not familiar with the process here is some info:
First I used a plastic spatula and just a dab of denatured alcohol on a rag to remove the old thermal pad residue and the thin aluminum that was stuck to the heatsink.
I was under the impression that ALL Auto DC chargers were just mini inverters and it really had nothing to do with the actual output of the car cigarette abilities.
But I am not a DC Charger Architect either