There is no display, at all so the REFRESH + POWER issue (or pressing power for 30-90 seconds, tried it, it's off the table as well) isn't an option, already tried that MANY times.
I've tried the following:
- Unhooking and re-seating the battery. Even tried it, while the power was in, in an attempt to "jump-start" the battery to charge to full.
- Unhooking and re-seating the LED (on the screen side).
- Unhooking and re-seating the SSD.
- Holding down the development button (on the back close to the LCD mount) and powering it up (and pressing refresh too).
None of these efforts have had any effect. Still the same thing when i press POWER, fan kicks for a second then stops and the blue LED flashes (for a moment) then goes black again but the battery remains a constant ORANGE through all of this,.
My question: The battery LED remains orange, could the battery be the reason it's not booting? I've worked on laptops, for YEARS, and sometimes the battery (or the BIOS battery) were the key to making them run again.
In all honesty, i would prefer a "I've dealt with this very same issue and yes/no" person answering me. I'm not interested in the warranty status, it's too old. However, if i can bring this Chromebook back to life, i can put either Linux, OSX, or Windows on it with minimal effort once it's booting again.