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Lombard: Good CPU/display/inverter, but still no boot
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Aug 3, 2006, 10:33 PM
Okay, I've acquired another Lombard that currently will not boot.
I've swapped the inverter and display to my currently working Lombard and verified that they work perfectly. I know the HD works, it's from another machine and works in the good Lombard. I swapped the 400MHz CPU into my Lombard, and got a cache error on startup, but it still works. So even with these good components, the computer still fails to boot. When I plug it in, i hear an extremely faint clicking, and the screen will barely flicker, as if it's trying to make a flickering picture with no backlight, except I know that both the display and inverter are good.
One interesting note: Upon initially plugging it in, I started to smell something burning, and then saw some white smoke seeping out to the left of the processor card. After some searching, I found a burn spot on what I believe is the modem. Could this be a sign of a bad power something or the other?
I'm stumped, what should I try??
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Aug 4, 2006, 12:25 PM
It's probably the logic board. The bummer is that a lot of those older laptops won't boot without a modem on the board. I don't know if the Lombard is one of them, but it's worth a shot swapping the board if you want to know for sure. I'd ditch the modem if possible.
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Aug 5, 2006, 02:06 AM
Okay, here's what I've done so far. I totally disassembled both Lombards. I have the one that works boot successfully (without the modem), then I move the RAM/processor/display/inverter/internal power thingy/external power supply/CD-ROM drive to the non working one. I get absolutely nothing when I hit the power button. So it's either the logic board or the little addition to it that the external PSU actually plugs into, I think I'll try that next.
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