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I've been handed a laptop to "clean-up", it appears to be infested with spyware and various limewire type downloads.

It had a habit of randomly shutting down after 30 seconds, BSODs if cables connected and so forth.

I've booted into safe mode, installed CCleaner, did a quick cleanup of the registry and removed a load of temporary files. Next I installed Avast antivirus and hey presto it found a substantial amount of trojans and other such nasties.

Rebooted, then once again it switched off, only this time I can't get it to switch back on. When I press the power button the blue "lightning bolt" LED flashes, but nothing happens.

I have a similar laptop at home, the dv6000 and I've had the same problems. I bought a new power lead which let me boot it up but then it stopped again.

Is there anything I can do? Or was it pretty much the last nail in the coffin? Seems quite common for this model to short out on the motherboard

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just to state the obvious, the battery was on 98% before reboot so its not flat. All of this happens whilst running on battery power, just plugged into mains but no change – user155695 Nov 23 '09 at 15:02
Let it cool down and then try to power it back on. Does it turn on after a break? – Marcin Nov 23 '09 at 15:59
I've left it to cooldown for a couple of hours, no change.. :S – user155695 Nov 23 '09 at 16:52
try to take out one ram chip and see if it boot's marcin was thinking, it might be overheating. – mike Nov 23 '09 at 17:28
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Ok, after some digging on HPs website I found a table explaning what different series of flashes denote a problem with. Here is the page;

As you will see, the bottom one explains that a continuous blinking Power LED means there is insufficient power.

Not sure why the laptop would be getting insufficient power if it is plugged in to the mains. Unless there is a problem with the power adapter or you are using the incorrect adapter which is not supplying enough juice to the laptop, as explained here.

As doesnt seem to be a problem with the laptop its self, I would reccomend getting another power adapter designed for this laptop.

Hope this sorts out your problem

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Try removing the battery and then putting it back in. That got rid of the flashing and started charging the battery again.

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