I've got a big problem with my Sharp Actius AL27 laptop. Being a newb isn't helping me either. But I'm pretty certain that my wiping out the XP partition has negatively affected my battery and now the system doesn't seem capable of recharging OR booting. No matter how long I keep it plugged in nothing happens when I press the power switch.
This laptop has a factory C and D drive partition. D drive is used to keep an emergency restore image of the factory installed Windows XP.
I experienced this very same problem about a month ago while I was trying out Mandrake 10.1 and through subsequent installs on this flavor I wiped out the original C and D partitions. My tinkering manually with the power cord whilst holding down the power switch got me booted once and I re-installed the original Windows XP from rescue disks.
Then, a few weeks later I got my hands on SUSE 9.3 and subsequently wiped out the C and D partitions again. Everything seemed to be fine for about two weeks but one morning when I went to boot- NADA!
What should I do?
I'm tempted to take the battery into a retail shop and try to swap it out just to try and boot the laptop, but I'm in Bangkok and there are no Sharp retail outlets that I am know of. There is a factory service center, but i'm assuming they wouldn't be to happy with my tinkering...
Anyone care to comment?