Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

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Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by Fel » Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:44 pm

Sorry it's late, but I'm having laptop issues, and once I got the computer up, I just got it up here ASAP before something went fubar.

It hasn't been spellchecked, and I was intending to put about half a page more on it, but we'll just work with what we have and I'll put that half page in the next chapter.

So, ignore the typos in this chapter.

As far as the laptop goes, I think my AC power adapter is going out on me. Every time I plug up the adapter when the laptop is off, the laptop turns itself on automatically and it's lost its BIOS settings, but once you load it up with default BIOS settings, the computer operates normally and will reboot normally with saved BIOS settings. If the laptop is already on and you plug up the adapter, it has no problems at all. The battery charges as normal and the laptop performs normally. It seems that so long as I do not plug up the AC adapter while the laptop is off, it works as normal.

So, techheads, am I right that it's the AC adapter, or could it be the flash memory where the BIOS settings are saved? And is there a way I can identify the problem without going out and shelling out $100 I don't have for a new AC power adapter?
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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by ralbloke » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:12 pm

Thanks Fel

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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by gnume » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:31 pm

thank you fell.
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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by Byte Storm » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:59 pm

Judging from the description, it sounds like the motherboard itself. If it was the adapter, it would generally happen all the time. But the easiest (and cheapest) way to test is find someone that has the same type of power supply, and try it out.

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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by Hearly » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:00 pm

Thanks For the chapter Fel.

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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by wizzo » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:57 pm

Thanks Fel

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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by expedient » Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:34 pm

Thanks for feeding us shadow monsters :twisted:
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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by zeekgenateer » Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:13 pm

It sounds like the CMOS battery is dead or dying. The CMOS battery helps hold the BIOS settings in a memory chip which must stay powered to save its information. CMOS batteries are usually the one sided flat batteries that are rarely used. Your CMOS battery may be accessible if you open your laptop up, but it might also be a bitch to get at it.

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Post by miraborn » Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:56 pm

zeekgenateer wrote:It sounds like the CMOS battery is dead or dying. The CMOS battery helps hold the BIOS settings in a memory chip which must stay powered to save its information. CMOS batteries are usually the one sided flat batteries that are rarely used. Your CMOS battery may be accessible if you open your laptop up, but it might also be a bitch to get at it.
Easy way to test this:
Turn off laptop. unplug power adapter. Remove main battery (and secondary batteries such as those that may slot in the CDROM slot). Leave for 20 minutes. Replace main battery. turn system on

If your CMOS battery is dead, you likely will have lost some bios settings and/or time will be off.

Troubleshooting will be a biteasier if we knew the make and model of the computer.

Pm if you want.

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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by canisd » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:07 pm

Fel,

I would think what zeekgenateer and miraborn have said could be the problem.

BTW - I have been enjoying the stories quite a bit, even if I never say it. :)

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Post by Cougar2k2 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:29 pm

WHOOT!! Another fix of Shadow Walker... Thanks a ton.
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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by dellstart » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:06 pm

ralbloke wrote:Thanks Fel

You just made my Sunday

Ralph
dittos the above..thanks man.

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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by Byte Storm » Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:57 pm

I doubt it is the CMOS Battery, as Fel stated that he can power it on and off with the Battery only, but when he plugs the power supply in only while the computer is off will this problem occur. If it is the CMOS Battery, it's the strangest one I have ever heard of.

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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by physicalard » Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:16 am

The fact that the cmos data is erased and the computer spontaneously starts up when the ac adapter is plugged in makes me wonder if there is a electrical short-circuit somewhere in the connections to the ac adapter.

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Re: Shadow Walker, chapter 21.

Post by GBLW » Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:25 am

First, thanks for another chapter, Fel. Well done.

Secondly:
physicalard wrote:The fact that the cmos data is erased and the computer spontaneously starts up when the ac adapter is plugged in makes me wonder if there is a electrical short-circuit somewhere in the connections to the ac adapter.
I had exactly the same thought, since the CMOS doesn't cause a problem during a normal on/off cycle. I had something similar happen some years ago on an NEC laptop and the techie who repaired it discovered that I had a frayed wire in the lead to the AC adapter. Since it was a new machine it was 'fixed' on warranty.

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