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My HP Pavilion tx1000 (Laptop) Died

July 31st, 2009

I joined the HP Pavilion tx1000 drop dead club last month. Apparently the tx1xxx models of the HP Pavilion laptops have an issue with the NVIDIA chip frying the CPU hamsters (melting the solder on the motherboard) – I’m not really sure about the technical details, but a broken laptop is bad news.

Whatever happened it first killed my wireless, then the machine wouldn’t turn on (black screen, no BIOS, no boot). However; I’m writing this post from the same defective laptop. That’s right folks! I did NOT have to find a penny older than 1982, I did NOT have to dismantle and cook the computer under a halogen lamp for 5 minutes. Instead I…

How to fix your tx1xxx laptop:

  • Put your laptop on a firm grounding like the floor, counter, or sturdy table
  • Placed your right elbow on the enter key and push down hard
  • Pull on the opposite side of the laptop casting until you hear creaking (while pushing on the enter key with your right elbow)

I heard creaking and crunching as I physically bent the case (and the motherboard I’m sure). Now, aside from a crack in the case and a still defunct wireless card I’m temporarlily back in business – and in active search of a replacement laptop.

I’ll give any company or product a chance, but quality and user experience is the deciding factor. I doubt that I’d purchase another HP machine, but I now have an excuse to get a Mac!

Author: Adam Kahtava Categories: Musings Tags:
  1. Daniel Crenna
    October 25th, 2009 at 23:55 | #1

    I had a tx1150us until it stopped booting. I found I could get it to work if I took out the battery and all peripherals and then power cycled it 3-8 times.

    Solution: I bought a MacBook.

  2. Adam Kahtava
    October 26th, 2009 at 18:32 | #2

    Nice! My tx1xxx finally died, I chop shopped it on eBay for $400 and bought a MacBook too. :) Out with the PC in with the awesome: http://twitpic.com/hv16b Funny thing, I’m not missing Windows or a PC.

  3. ashley
    November 22nd, 2010 at 17:12 | #3

    Hey they are doing a class action suit. You may get your computer replaced. I have the same problem. Here’s the website. It’s http://WWW.NVIDIAsettlement.com. I know you qualify so I hope you still have it and best of luck. They can not do anything till December 20th however. But a new CPU is worth the wait.

  4. ashley
    November 22nd, 2010 at 17:16 | #4

    Oh and I also went to a MAC. Well worth it. I still have the old one sitting here so the replacement will be nice. I think with how much I spent on the damn thing its well deserved.

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