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Amilo Pa 1538 stop working

Postby olujnik » Thu May 22, 2008 4:46 pm

yesterday I worked on 1538 it was ok today when I tray to turn it on z led is turnd on and wirles is on drive is working only if I put cd in but monitor is not turning on
i suspect that my HDD is dead but CD drive is very loud when I put cd inside
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Postby hikaru » Thu May 22, 2008 10:57 pm

Please remove the HDD and try to boot from a LiveCD to confirm, that it is the HDD.
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Postby olujnik » Fri May 23, 2008 5:29 am

how can I remove hdd, and I found out that one man had same problem and he sayes that matherboard and hdd are broken i am starting to think that this is the same case.
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Postby hikaru » Fri May 23, 2008 7:29 am

You will find a big service door on the underside of your notebook. It is fixed with 4 or 5 screws.
If you open it, your will find a silver rectangular box fixed with 3 or 4 screws. This box contains your HDD.
Please refer to the photos in this thread of the german amilo-forum:
http://www.amilo-forum.de/topic,21498,15,-Thread-mit-Amilo-Bildern.html#140961
I have a different model but basically it's the same.

It it possible that the mainboard is defective. But the only chance to find this out is to eliminate other reasons.
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Postby olujnik » Fri May 23, 2008 3:44 pm

i am not 100% sure but I think that motherboard is broken because even when I close laptop he is not turning off, and I can`t enter the BIOS, but when
I put cd in cd drive drive led is turn on.
I send e mail to the tehnical suport and they sed that I shuld send it to tehnical service so then I will knowe
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Postby olujnik » Fri May 23, 2008 3:51 pm

i didnt read fsc desk answer wright they say it is hardver display problem
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Postby hikaru » Fri May 23, 2008 6:03 pm

It could be the display. Did you try an external monitor?
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Postby olujnik » Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:10 pm

yes I tried to cone3ct it to difrent monitor but no result
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Postby hikaru » Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:52 pm

This seems to be a topic for the official support (some severe hardware damage - main board or graphics card).
Please send your notebook to one of FSC's service partners.
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Postby olujnik » Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:34 pm

I did so and now I am waiting service to get it back I will give you answer what was broken
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Re: Amilo Pa 1538 stop working

Postby andybgr » Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:27 am

I have seen many topics describing the same problem with the display. I'm facing the same problem as I try to fix my friends Fujitsu Amilo 1538.

Well, Fujitsu says that the problem is on their faulty graphic card chip (nvidia) which is onboard.

Which means, you can send it to Fujitsu and they will replace the motherboard for free if you still have warranty. If your warranty is over, then you need to pay about 400 dollars or euros, for that motherboard to be replaced. Either way is wrong, because the same model of faulty graphics chip will still be onboard and you will face the same problem some other time with the new motherboard.

Fujitsu found about this faulty nvidia chip, and they came with a BIOS Flash update which will solve the problem once and for all before it happens.

But what if you already have black screen and there is no way you can flash the bios?? I've searched many forums, and there is no solution to it.

Well I am not an expert at this, and I want to ask you something guys, maybe you can help.

--Well, the hard drive works fine if you place it on another laptop and you can still do your work. Fujitsu's download link for the Bios Update is an .exe file, and their instructions are to run this file while on windows. There is also the same bios update in .rom or .iso for cd, but I want to stick with the .exe file.

So my question is, if I place my Hard Drive to another laptop, download that Bios update .exe, is there a way which I can make that .exe run when windows starts? I want to place my hard drive back to my Fujitsu laptop, and when I turn on and logs into windows (with a black screen), it wil automaticaly run the bios flash update .exe. file, hopefully it will solve the problem... so, is this actually possible?

thanks for your time
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