Hm. So I have this amber light, as I had before.
Now I need to remove the palmrest to get access to the antennas, which means I need the screwdriver. Which is located … hm. oh here.
Hm. Then I scrape the antenna around … here? (nothing happens)
What if I move it to (move it to bridge a nearby SOT23 and a capacitor) oof. That was a spark. Oh the battery LED had gone. That’s bad. (detached power and motherboard) looks fine. (smells) Doesn’t seem to have burnt anything yet. Let’s try plugging it in again. (plugs in, waits impatiently) oh now the amber light. oh now the green — it flickered. not excellent. So what if I put back the keyboard and try turn it on?
(LED bar carasols) ooo. We have things. Wow ooo the display came up!
Wow! **** ***** wow power beeps and everything.
Okok. so let’s turn this off now. (presses power button) can you turn off? (screen goes black, power led stays on) hello?
(machine beeps loudly before turning off) oh, you just get to wait.
Now let’s type up all this stuff and take pictures.
(hits power button) Hmm. now it don’t want to. Comeon. I don’t want to reset this every time I start this. But at least I can look at the post code.
Can I do this without a powered board? (detaches power and tried antenna manuever. nope. (plugs things back in and fiddles with antenna joint)
woah! that’s a big spark. hopefully i didnt kill anything. probably worth probing to see whats actually going on.
(plugs in) hm the charging led turned on. its green, tho. so that wont help.
(tries to look up datasheet) Oh, and you thought NOW it’s a perfect time to turn yourself on?! Battery, too.
(hurriedly put it somewhere secure and plug it in and take picture of splash screen)
(presses power button) uh … can you do something? I pressed “access ibm”, but … hm. it appears to be frozen. hello? (press and hold power switch before pressing to turn it back on) Ok. now it will start, but the screen is black. At least we have a picture of the splash before .. well, since now it’s half-dead again why dont we look into the chips?
As for the bezel, well, I intentionally removed it because … well, to be fair I could put it back now. I was thinking that the display won’t be dry enough since I showered basically everything with water to clean them (before drying them off by blowing at them a space heater for 8 hours). I know this isn’t a good way of cleaning, but it cleans them well and leaves the least amount of .. stuff behind. I even rinsed the main board with distilled water (before drying) to make sure.
(observes PCB trace)
uh …oh it goes to the south bridge directly. Oof that’s not too good.
(trying to get the probe onto the two points I bridged and MIGHT have accidentally swiped across something)
oh it powers up again. Huh. (probes) 3.18V that doesn’t sound too bad.
(touched south brodge chip by hand) oo that’s warm. we might have a bad south bridge.
(turns machine off) Hm.
(looking up chip number)
huh it powered on by itself again. but this time I touched absolutely nothing.
Hm. Maybe we will let it sit like this. But boy is the north bridge hot.
yeah i might try removing that bottom ram. And then we will just let it sit there, I guess.
The whole point of this is because the first time the screen turned on (before I started to short things together) it post, and it displayed two error codes, and I went into BIOS Setup. And more annoying is because I didnt take a picture of that error code screen. However as I described, immediately powering it down (and powering back up) and I am greeted with a black screen instead. I understand there must be patience but … I don’t think this is about being patient. there is definitely something wrong with it.
(gently pressing finger on the suspecious chips near the south bridge)
oh, it came up.
(waits patiently) The
Superbay Ultrabay LED lit up. That seems like a welcoming change.
(stares blankly while listening to the fan rattle) I hope i didn’t kill the south bridge.