11/19/2012, 10:37 AM
About 3 months ago my TP wouldn't turn on. I came here and read a LOT of different ways people were getting them back to life so I spent about 4 hours messing with it to no avail. I tried every button combination, holding it at a 27 degree Y-axis and even tried phoning a friend(but my 2 year old grandson was no help at all). I happened to come across a deal from HP, getting 2 new chargers for $2 each. Neither one made a difference.
For 3 months it sat on the table at the end of the couch...mocking me. I didn't want to just give up on it but at the same time I didn't want to touch it. (side note: I have a higher end Linksys router, can't remember the number, that it doesn't like to play nicely with anyway)
Finally, last week, I returned to these forums and read some more. I saw that people were having luck starting with a cell phone charger to "jump start" it from a extreme low voltage state and then transfer back to the standard charger to get it up to full. So, I went home and stared at it, as it continued to mock, and figured it was my last hope. I plugged the chone charger in and walked away...skeptically. I went back three hours later and it was up to 24%. Success! People suddenly started dancing in the street and a bird landed on my finger and sang me a song. So I swapped the chargers and left it until the next morning...
What! Why? How? It was on the charger all night?! It said it was charging?! How did it loose all power overnight while being plugged in? The street dancers started to knife each other and the singing bird was bleeding out in the corner. (that ws my cats fault though. totally unrelated)
So at that point I was back to where I started. A dead TP. I figured that I might as well just plug in the phone charger and see how it works. I left it on that overnight and the next morning it was fully charged! I used it on and off all day and that night it was still about 50% good! That night I plugged in the phone charger and, again, fully charged and ready to go! It's been a week now and I have had zero issues using ONLY the phone charger.
I'm not to plug the standard TP charger back into it because, well, it works this way so why change.
Just wanted to share how I got my dead TP back thanks to everyones contributions.