After my daughter knocked over my laptop, the screen went blank and now it won't power on. I could smell a little bit of the "magic smoke" so at least some part of it is probably toast. I'd like to know if there's anything I should try before scrapping the whole thing.
When I plug it in, the white light next to the place where you plug it in turns on, but sometimes turns off. If I put the battery in while it is plugged in, the light turns red. That to me means that its not any sort of power connection issues. Other than the light turning on, however, nothing else seems to be responsive. The caps lock light, the fan, etc do not turn on.
One possible hint, the capacitors next to the CMOS battery (circled in the attached picture) get pretty warm when I plug it in. That might be expected though.
Laptops are not designed to survive falls -- with the most commonly damaged items being the hard drive, the screen, and the motherboard. Since yours does not turn on, it sound like the last item in that list -- and that makes repairing it cost more than simply replacing it.
Plus, you would have to pay a lot to have a repair facility run diagnostics on to see (1) what is wrong with it, (2) if it can be repaired, and (3) what that would cost.
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