I've got a duff Compaq Presario - help me!!!!!!

  bigal1808 20:21 03 Oct 2009

Hi - my neice gave me her old laptop - a compaq presario c300 - which had 'crashed'.
I've tried starting it up, but all I get is a flashing power light.
Does anyone know what this means?
Is is a faulty psu - does a laptop have a psu?
Or is it a faulty motherboard?
Are these easy to replace?, and how do I know which one to buy, and where from?
For your information - I have built my own PC - so I'm not afraid to have a go - but I have never worked on a laptop.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.

  Technotiger 20:27 03 Oct 2009

The PSU for a laptop is the external type which plugs into the Mains supply at one end and the laptop at the other end. The power supply could be faulty.

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But probably not worth the expense or bother to fix.

  bigal1808 20:33 03 Oct 2009

OK - thanks - she had lost the transformer and power lead - so I have just bought a new one from a supplier on Amazon.
I was very careful to get the right one - voltage and watts - I know it's ok - it only cost me about £12 - so, if that's the psu eliminated, I'm down to the m/board, aren't I?
So -how?, and where from?

  Technotiger 20:38 03 Oct 2009
  Technotiger 20:43 03 Oct 2009

Best place to try for the mobo is eBay, you will find it very difficult to find one available anywhere else - and even if you did, most seem to be in the States and in excess of $120, if your lucky.

  bigal1808 20:44 03 Oct 2009

technotiger! - cool!!!!!!!!!!!

  Technotiger 20:50 03 Oct 2009

Your welcome - don't forget to Green-tick this thread as Resolved if you are happy.


  bigal1808 21:01 03 Oct 2009

OK -found a m/board for $170 - that's £107, so it's still a good price for a laptop - and I've now got the service guide - thanks - so I'll close the thread.
thanks again to everyone.

  Technotiger 21:04 03 Oct 2009

Cheers, and good luck with the re-build!

  rdave13 21:19 03 Oct 2009

A motherboard for a laptop. Is it worth it as I could not replace a motherboard in a lappy?

  woodchip 21:48 03 Oct 2009

Try just on mains, remove the battery

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