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Laptop won’t turn on and has a burning smell...?

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Laptop won’t turn on and has a burning smell...?

My laptop just suddenly died. I initially thought it was the ac adapter, so I bought a new one. The laptop still won’t turn on. Any idea on what would be the problem?

Laptop model is : Asus N53s.

The laptop is pretty old (2011 I believe). I hope it won’t cost too much $ to fix, otherwise I might have to throw in the white towel and start shopping for something new...
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Burning smells could be exploded capacitors on the motherboard. Hence why it won't turn on. Best to get a refund on the power adaptor and try to salvage the hard drive if there are important documents in there.

If the laptop is expensive, maybe send it over to asus repair center and get it fixed. They usually charge arm and a leg equalling to or more then just buying another new laptop.
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Jan 13, 2018
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It could be a faulty battery. I also suggest that you open the computer and just see if something looks unusual. You could also try to clean the computer from dust. This may have been the cause from this
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Mar 26, 2008
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not sure what the burning smell is, but try power cycling it. take out the battery, hold the power button for 30 secs, then plug it in and try to turn it on.
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Think of the Childre…
A bug got fried inside your laptop.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Yes, time to move along, not worth paying anyone to open it....only if you can get someone to give you a free estimate

Potrice wrote: My laptop just suddenly died. I initially thought it was the ac adapter, so I bought a new one. The laptop still won’t turn on. Any idea on what would be the problem?

Laptop model is : Asus N53s.

The laptop is pretty old (2011 I believe). I hope it won’t cost too much $ to fix, otherwise I might have to throw in the white towel and start shopping for something new...
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If there's something burning inside the laptop I would not try to power it back up. Something has probably shorted/failed shorted and it's possible you could start a fire by continuing to try to power it up. You'll have to find out what's wrong with it before re-powering it. In any event, until fixed, it sounds like toast (smells like it too, lol).

The problem is the repair may require part replacement (like the entire motherboard) that is more than the thing is worth, esp. considering labour costs added to that if you're not DIYing the repair. Component-level repair may be possible depending on what has burned out but again you're into some labour costs there. It may be mroe cost-effective to just replace it depending on what it's worth and what a replacement costs.
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Magic smoke escaped.

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