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Compaq Presario Issue

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by northhaven, Mar 11, 2010.

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  1. northhaven

    northhaven Thread Starter

    Mar 11, 2010
    Hello all,

    My 92-year-old grandfather -- who lives on a little island off the coast of Maine -- has emailed me regarding a problem that he is having with his ten-year old computer. If anyone out there would be kind enough to offer some advice on how to fix it, it would be greatly appreciated. There are no computer shops on the island, but my grandfather has plenty of tools and has worked extensively with radios throughout his life, so with some direction I have little doubt that he can make the repair.

    This is an unconventional post, to be sure, and I don't really know anything about his computer ... but I think he has done a reasonable job describing the issue:

    Hi Chris!
    I have a severe computer trouble that I brought on myself.
    First I will describe the computer and it's programs.
    It is a Compaq, Presario 1200,
    at least 10 yrs old.

    Along the front edge of the top it has three indicator lights at the
    left of center and three on the right.

    The ones on the left are operating lights of which one shows when
    the charger is in and the left most one shows when the computer is
    started up by the button which is in front of the screen.

    The one between these two shows the operating conditions, I believe,
    as it usually flickers in concert with whatever is going on.

    The three on the right each has a "locked padlock" symbol.
    For programs it has Windows 98, Juno V.4, Intel Create and Share
    and some other good things.

    Everything has been working good.
    I don't think the programs have any bearing on my present problem?
    Now to the problem; Nothing was running except the External PS
    Charger which was plugged in and on.

    I know the battery is not the greatest but it has held charge ok
    overnight without losing the Clock memory.

    Now to what I did foolishly---- I unplugged the Charger from back of

    My idea was to see if the computer would start up on the battery

    When I pulled the plug the two outer Padlock lights came on which I
    assume meant it was locking something.

    I put the power plug back into the back of the computer and the two
    Lock Lights went off, but I could not start the computer in the usual way
    by pressing the aforesaid button in front of the screen.

    The only light that remains on and only when the charger is
    connected is the right one of the three lights at the left.

    I assume something is locked but what and how to free it.
    I wonder if you or anyone you know can give a clue as how to get it
    to start up again?

    I agree, it was a stupid act to unplug it with the power on.
    It seemed fairly simple but now I can see it wasn't.
    It is, or was, a nice little machine that Cousin Allan gave me.
    I still have the old HP that your Mother brought a long time ago and
    also have the use of a larger Notebook of your Mother's in the corner of
    the Dining Room so am not computerless.

    If you have any suggestion as how to get the Compaq "Unlocked", if
    locked, if that is what it is, I would appreciate knowing.

    As I said the battery is very marginal but was holding a charge for
    perhaps 12-24 hrs.

    Grumpy Gramp

    Thank you all in advance.

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    Feb 24, 2010
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