Re: [transmonde] Vivante SE power problem
- On Mar 13, 2002 at 02:11PM (-0700), Brooks K. Rownd said:
>I finally located my problem - my power brick has a bad connection on
> Mine won't run on battery or AC. I push the button and it turns back
> off almost immediately. I haven't been able to get it started since.
> Never had a problem before now... :(
the inside. Sometimes I have to wiggle the big (removable) cord to get a
steady connection. (as evidenced but the green LED on the power brick)
If I get it happy it works fine. Dammit, I wish they didn't seal these
bricks with epoxy - it would be easy to fix if I could open it. The nuts
at Transmonde used a strange power brick (19V?) so I might have to dig
around the Allied Electronics catalog to find a replacement, but at least
it's easier to replace/fix than the motherboard....
- On Wed, 20 Mar 2002, Brooks K. Rownd wrote:
> The nuts at Transmonde used a strange power brick (19V?)Nah, it's actually quite common. The 19V/3A brick's used by Compaq, Winbook,
and a couple of others, since a while back- if you can get a hold of a old/
discarded brick from one of these, the only issue is the power connector,
and you can resolder the one from your Tranny brick onto that.
Kenneth R. Crudup Sr. SW Engineer, Scott County Consulting, Washington, D.C.
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- Well, apparently the power brick is the same as that used for
the Compaq Presario 1200,1400,1600,1700,1800,etc, so finding
one might not be too hard after all.
- I have a vivante se and had a similar problem. For mine the problem
was the socket where the adapter plugs into the laptop. This socket
tends to get loose due to a bad design. I had to open up my laptop
and solder the power adapter jack back on to the laptop motherboard
and then JB weld it into place so that it wont shake loose anymore.
If your thinking about selling your laptop I'm interested in getting
a vivante se for spare parts.
--- In transmonde@y..., "Brooks K. Rownd" <bkr@t...> wrote:
> After more than 3 years my vivante SE is having its first major
> I was running on AC today when it mysteriously shut down. When I
> turn it back on, but it will either shut down before the screen can
> light up, or it doesn't make it through the memory test before it
> down again. The first time it actually made it half way through
> and mounting the disk, but never got that far again. When I took
> battery out I pushed the test button and none of the lights came
> it should have been 100% charged, and the charge light isn't on
> it's plugged in. I used it about 7 hours today, and use it almost
> every day. It appears I have a problem with either my battery or
> battery charging circuit. Since it won't even respond to the power
> switch without the battery installed, I'm not sure where to go from
> Does this problem ring a bell with anyone?
- On Mar 29, 2002 at 06:56PM (-0000), johnychen1 said:
> I have a vivante se and had a similar problem. For mine the problemThose kind of PCB-mount barrrel connectors are horrible.
> was the socket where the adapter plugs into the laptop. This socket
> tends to get loose due to a bad design. I had to open up my laptop
> and solder the power adapter jack back on to the laptop motherboard
> and then JB weld it into place so that it wont shake loose anymore.
> If your thinking about selling your laptop I'm interested in getting
> a vivante se for spare parts.
I've been very careful with mine after breaking a few CD players
in that way.
I found my problem to be in the power brick (fortunately).
I bought an equivalent power brick on eBay for $15. Problem solved. :)