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Asus TF101-A1 Eee Pad will not power on

kbenson 8,029 3,438 April 30, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Long story short, my kid has a bad habit of letting the battery drain, and now the tablet will not power on. (no sign of life what so ever)
I left it plugged in over night and tried the hold power + volume down button tricks with no joy.

I also dissembled it (tried resetting battery connector) w/o any luck.

My ? Does this sound like a bad battery or a bad charger? I hate to go the wrong direction and throw away cash.

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The battery really should have protection in place to prevent complete zero charge since that damages Li-i cells. Do you have another MicroUSB charger you can try with a different cable?
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The battery really should have protection in place to prevent complete zero charge since that damages Li-i cells. Do you have another MicroUSB charger you can try with a different cable?
No on the cable.

The charger is less expensive to replace. Just wish I had a multimeter to confirm.
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No on the cable.

The charger is less expensive to replace. Just wish I had a multimeter to confirm.
You can get multimeters for free or under $7 (WalMart). Charge the tablet for a few days and repeat . If that doesn't work, your need to open up the tablet. Chances are that the 2 year old battery is in decent condition but better to replace it anyways. This has worked on a 6 year ZEN player and cordless trimmer.
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You can get multimeters for free or under $7 (WalMart). Charge the tablet for a few days and repeat . If that doesn't work, your need to open up the tablet. Chances are that the 2 year old battery is in decent condition but better to replace it anyways. This has worked on a 6 year ZEN player and cordless trimmer.

I am just wondering- even with a dead battery, would the unit still power on (while plugged in)? I just ordered another charger (does not hurt to have a spare anyway)

Yeah I could get a mutimeter from wally or similar, just trying to figure it out b4 hand.
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I am just wondering- even with a dead battery, would the unit still power on (while plugged in)? I just ordered another charger (does not hurt to have a spare anyway)

Yeah I could get a mutimeter from wally or similar, just trying to figure it out b4 hand.
Your still need a healthy battery since the TF101 uses a primitive power management compared to 2013 laptops. This means the AC/DC powers goes directly to battery then the LCD and chipset. I normally use a battery app or use the tablet at 0% to confirm this. This power scheme might result in excessive wear on the battery pack.
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It's doubtful that the battery could be 100% ruined in two years, so you have a few possibilities.
1) Your charger.
2) The charger cable.
3) A phenomenon similar to that of the HP Touchpad. When the battery is run down, it will often refuse to power up.
4) The tablet has breathed its last breath.
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Perhaps the charging port is broken?

Did you try to remove the battery, plug it in and try powering up then?

Have you tried using just the USB cable to the PC without the AC charger? I googled your model and it appears to be a glitch in the software.


Best of luck..
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It's doubtful that the battery could be 100% ruined in two years, so you have a few possibilities.
1) Your charger.
2) The charger cable.
3) A phenomenon similar to that of the HP Touchpad. When the battery is run down, it will often refuse to power up.
4) The tablet has breathed its last breath.
Well I will (hopefully) eliminate 1+ 2 in a couple days when the replacement charger arrives.

Hope it is not #3 and if I do get a replacement battery, it would really stink to find out I flushed another 50-60 down the drain if it is #4
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Perhaps the charging port is broken?

Did you try to remove the battery, plug it in and try powering up then?

Have you tried using just the USB cable to the PC without the AC charger? I googled your model and it appears to be a glitch in the software.


Best of luck..
Yes I disconnected the harness last night and tried connecting charger with no change. Reconnected harness and plugged charger back in over night. nada.

I was thinking about investing in a usb cable, but if the replacement harger does not work, it would be wasted money.
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I am just wondering- even with a dead battery, would the unit still power on (while plugged in)?
No one answered the important question. Yes you can use a laptop just fine without a battery.

Edit my bad i was thinking eee pc. They have too much eee in their linup.
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No one answered the important question. Yes you can use a laptop just fine without a battery.

Are you speaking of a laptop in general? or the eee pad?

I know I can remove the battery on my laptop and plug in/run from wall power, but not sure about the tablet.
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No one answered the important question. Yes you can use a laptop just fine without a battery.

Edit my bad i was thinking eee pc. They have too much eee in their linup.
Not to worry.
I thought the very same thing.
Every eee PC I ever had was in the form of a laptop/netbook.
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I used to have a TF101 and my mom does also. She called once with this issue and I just made her hold the button for 10 seconds and it fixed it laugh out loud I'm sure you are past that already though.

Do you have the dock? You could try to combo with that, and charge through it. But I am guessing you don't have it either.
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I used to have a TF101 and my mom does also. She called once with this issue and I just made her hold the button for 10 seconds and it fixed it laugh out loud I'm sure you are past that already though.

Do you have the dock? You could try to combo with that, and charge through it. But I am guessing you don't have it either.

I am out of luck on the dock. Hopefully the replacement charger will be here soon.

One thing I found interesting. The internals do not feel warm after 8+ hrs charging. I would assume (especially since a heat sink is in place) that I would feel some heat. crossing fingers for bad charger.
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