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    Angry Is my motherboard broken for good?

    Hi,

    I have a laptop problem that is not really related to Linux (though I am a Linux user so I have full right to use this forum). I would appreciate if someone could help me.

    I have a 3 year old Fujitsu-Siemiens laptop that stopped working yesterday. Basically, it's been switched off for around a day and after I started it up it worked for roughly 20mins. Then it just froze. After rebooting it would keep rebooting and shutting down itself every 3-4 seconds.
    A few facts:
    - it happens no matter if I am running on battery or ac
    - the laptop doesn't reach booting stage (I tried inserting memtest cds) or even bios welcome screen
    - I opened the laptop and removing RAM doesn't make any difference (the symptoms are the same)
    - I had exactly the same problem 2 years ago when it was still on warranty and Fujitsu gave me a new motherboard.
    - I continuously monitored the cpu and motherboard temperature and haven't had any warnings

    I'd rather get myself a new laptop than pay for a new motherboard so I'd really like to make sure that there is no help for my motherboard (or any other component that could be broken). It seems to me that there could be something wrong with the power connector - unfortunately it is located in a really hard to reach place so I haven't looked at it yet. Looks like the current is too low or something like that. So far, looking at the motherboard, I see no signs of burns or exploding capacitors. The laptop's been lying on a table for the last few days so I'd definitely rule out any mechanical damage.

    Feel free to ask any questions that might help.

    Thanks in advance for all your help,

    Wojtek

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    Maybe your RAM stick(s) went out completely. If you have two, reverse the set and try again.

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    Yeah, exchanging RAM if possible sounds like some option here, but then there isn't much one can exchange on laptops (a thing which I absolutely hate about laptops). Another possibility would be some loose ends, in case the CPU was socketed maybe it is loose, of the GPU if it is an add in card (slotted). Or some cable. Is it visibly rebooting? Or is nothing to see on the monitor? Oh and get the HDD out as quick as possible.
    When you're at it you should look if there are capacitors bulging outsides. Years ago this was quite a major problem to some mainboard vendors.
    I'm not familiar with laptop mainboards but once I misjumpered something and it went rebooting in circles. Now that is unlikely to be done by just working with it but maybe also something got loose.
    Oh, is there an Nvidia GPU inside? They had some severe problems with a series of chips going smoke off. (Iirc it was some encapsulating problem and under the constant heat they went broken after some time. Many major laptop vendors had this issue.)

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