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HP Pavillion Laptops

I have a pavillion zt1141s which will be about 4 years old at easter.

Within about 18 months of the laptop being first purchased I started having problems with the power connection - I had to wriggle the connector about before it would actually recognise as plugged in.

I got this repaired october 2004 and it was fine until the end of the summer (2005) - when the same thing started happening again - only occaisionally at first but gradually getting worse.

Yesterday evening this culminated in smoke coming from the power connection.

I was wondering what experences anyone else has had with these laptops as from a quick google it appears to be a common problem.
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Daniel,

I had a mate of my brother in law with a pavillion come round. I dont think it was exactly the same model but certainly within close range. I repaired the hdd ( well replaced with a new one ) and then about 2 months later his power supply didnt charge the battery no more.

He explained it exactly the same as you to be honest, problematic at first more and more so and then simply didnt work anymore.

Overall I dont think they are too bad as a laptop tbh. But I would be hesitant to keep a laptop that had failed on me twice with the same problem. But thats my two cents worth.
Stevej
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Daniel,

SNAP! Smiley
I have the exact same model of laptop, had it about 4 years now.
I have not had any problems with the power connector or the PSU.
I have used it quite a lot while out and about, and although I have upgraded the memory and the disk it has been very reliable.

Given the age of your's and its history and given the drop in price of laptops over the last 4 years it may be better to replace it. I know if mine went "bang" tomorrow I would see if I could repair it and if not replace it. I know not everyone is keen to get the soldering iron out :!:

One thing you might want to do is get a caddy for the 2 1/2 inch hard disk so you can connect it to another PC via USB and get off any data, but of course you will have a backup
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Overall I dont think they are too bad as a laptop tbh. But I would be hesitant to keep a laptop that had failed on me twice with the same problem. But thats my two cents worth.


When the laptop itself worked it (apart from the power) it was very reliable however the power problems would definately put me off having the laptop repaired again or even buying another HP Laptop.

I will be replacing it when I have the money - probably with an Apple iBook.

Anyone with power problems on the Pavillion Laptops might find this link interesting...
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Given the age of your's and its history and given the drop in price of laptops over the last 4 years it may be better to replace it.


I intend to replace it as I mentioned however I need the money first!!!

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I know if mine went "bang" tomorrow I would see if I could repair it and if not replace it. I know not everyone is keen to get the soldering iron out :!:


I have no problems with going inside my PC but I'm not to keen on doing the same with the laptop - and I don't want to pay another £80 to get it repaired again when I can get a new laptop for £600.

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One thing you might want to do is get a caddy for the 2 1/2 inch hard disk so you can connect it to another PC via USB and get off any data.


You just saved me a trip to Leighton Buzzard there - now you mention it it's obvious but I didn't think of it before!!!

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but of course you will have a backup
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I had a similar sounding problem with an old Tosh and after a bit of careful disassembly found it was due to the power connector on the circuit board breaking away from the copper tracks from the stresses imposed by the power lead.
I was able to get in amongst it with a soldering iron but you need to know what you are doing and I have a few years of electronic engineering behind me! Wink
If it's not worth a lot it is probably worth a try, otherwise it's worth paying a specialist £80 fix or no fee to do it for you-- it's time consuming even for someone who knows what they are doing!
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I belive it's the same problem here - but when it's a recurring one I'm reluctant just to spend £80 after £80 on it...
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Ive got exactly the same problem with a toshiba at the moment with the power connector broken away from the mainboard

As its a couple of years old im not too bothered so stripped it down and soldered it back on
it was a time consuming pig of a job as most of the innards had to come out just to get to it and then it wasnt an easy job

I agree with shellsong its not something you should attempt unless you know what your letting yourself in for, mines still in bits at the moment so im hoping its taken ok just got to find an hour or so to put it all back together Sad


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Just a few thoughts regarding this subject .. worth thinking about

power sockets breaking on notebooks are not reconised by MOST manufactures as faulty or substanded componant failure and as such may not even be covered by the first year warranty (They clasify the failure as Accidental damage).

A FEW MANUFACTURES are now begining to repair the notebooks - ONLY IF UNDER 1 YEAR OLD, and if there are no signs of plastic damage / distortion near the socket

Not one for extended warranties (as a rule), depending on what the item cost (and what the item is worth in 12 -36 months) Vs the cost of the extended warranties - portable devices (ie PDAs and notebooks) are more prone to all types of accidental damage - which will be covered by the extended warranty policies. - Note batteries are consumables and not covered even by these policies

Household insurance policies can also cover notebooks for "Accidental damage" - as PSU SOCKETS are classified as "Accidental damage" may be worth checking your insurance policies!!!
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I'll check that one out.

Unless I'm going to get a freebie repair somehow I'm not going to bother repairing it since It's getting old and this is the second time the problem has occured (albeit not the smoke).
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Yep check out your home contents policy. You never know what might happen, the laptop might suffer an accident.

So it's best to make sure it's insured. It'd be a bit of a scunner to buy a new one and have it fall and break whilst carrying it upstairs and find the insurance doesn't cover it