ACER laptop does NOT start-up :(

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I was wondering if someone could help me to diagnose the problem with my laptop. Acer TravelMate 4000 LCi, (P-M 1.4Ghz, 512MB RAM, 40GB HDD, DVD-CDRW). Purchased brand new back in Dec. 2004 from Amazon. Started using since summer 2004. It had 1 year warranty which is of course expired.


I damn the day I bought Acer listening to advices of my Indian and Chinese friends from university. I personally own Toshiba Satellite M35-S359, which has been working great since Jan. 2004. I purchased Acer as a second laptop for other home users.


This Acer laptop was basically a desktop replacement. I never had a problem with it before. However, in the morning of the day before yesterday I've discovered that Acer wouldn't start-up.

The power indicator blinks from yellow to green and screen doesn't power up at all.
However, when I unplugged it and reinserted battery it booted up fine and I used it for the entire day.

The next morning it wouldn't start-up at all.
Again, the power indicator blinks from yellow to green and screen doesn't power up at all.
Several attempts to reinsert or remove battery
plug or unplug AC adapter didn't help.

I removed HDD and put it back but it didn't help. I must buy 2.5" enclosure to make sure that problem is not caused by HDD, which I doubt.

When I plug laptop in or insert its battery, the laptop lights up on its own. I mean it's power button lights up but again nothing happens. Just power indicator blinks from yellow to green, and that's it.

I thought of the following causes.

1. Power connection problem (Jack went down, laptop's AC input etc.). Because it was acting weird. When I plug it in it powers up on its own, without pushing power button. But still it won't boot at all. LCD is dark with no signs of life.

The same happens if I insert battery. Even if I shut it down via power button, sometimes it's power status light remains green. Then I've to push power button again to shut it completely down.

2. LCD is down. Because I found a crack on each hinge. I was "surprised". This laptop was never used away from home. It was basically desktop replacement which was very well taken care of. Crappy plastic! I hate Acer.

3. HDD is down. I can test it later if I buy 2.5" external enclosure for this purpose.

4. Motherboard is down, which is more than likely. Maybe overheating issue?
I'm afraid this maybe a cause which fried motherboard.

I've to admit that although it is Pentium M Centrino, its fan was always running on, which made me think of overheating issue and I was even thinking of buying a cooling pad a few weeks earlier. Who knows, perhaps it would have prevented current dead-stalemate situation.

Note, laptop was perhaps on 20 hours a day!
And even when it was shut down in the nights, it was never unplugged and the battery was always there too. In other words, it was charging the battery 24 hours a day.

I'll appreciate any valuable advice and remedy!

Thanks.
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I would connect another monitor to it. That way you can confirm or deny if the broken hinge disrupted the connection. If it still doesn't boot, then you know that it's a power problem.
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Don2007 wrote:
I would connect another monitor to it. That way you can confirm or deny if the broken hinge disrupted the connection. If it still doesn't boot, then you know that it's a power problem.


Thanks for your reply. It wouldn't power up even with external CRT monitor. It doesn't boot, the screen is black, only fan is running. I'm afraid that it would be motherboard. I was wondering how to test this statement. I think the only way would be to replace motherboard. Any idea how much would it cost? And is it tricky to replace laptop's motherboard on my own? Thanks.
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Before you say it's the mother board, there are other possibilities. You say only the fan is running. If you are sure of that, then why isn't the power supply sending juice to the HD? Since I haven't done any hardware work on laptops, does the HD get it's power directly from the power supply like a desktop does? If it does, then it might not be the mother board. It could be the power supply.
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i agree with don2007 i would try everything there is before i would even consider buying anything.

to me it seems like it's a psu problem but you did say the fan was running so it is working, so just try what don2007 said and tell us what happens ;]
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Don2007 wrote:
Before you say it's the mother board, there are other possibilities. You say only the fan is running. If you are sure of that, then why isn't the power supply sending juice to the HD? Since I haven't done any hardware work on laptops, does the HD get it's power directly from the power supply like a desktop does? If it does, then it might not be the mother board. It could be the power supply.


I don't know where to obtain spare power adapter to test your statement. Besides, the same non-boot up result appears if I try the battery only. So, I doubt that it's a power supply. Perhaps power jack or something out of power resistors of the motherboard have fallen down?

I've ordered 2.5" HDD enclosure a few days ago. As soon as it arrives I can test HDD.
But I believe in laptops, HDD gets power through motherboard. I maybe wrong as I'm not an expert in laptops either. :)
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i agree with don2007 i would try everything there is before i would even consider buying anything.

to me it seems like it's a psu problem but you did say the fan was running so it is working, so just try what don2007 said and tell us what happens ;]


If it was power supply problem only, the laptop would boot up off the battery. But both, power supply or battery makes lights blinks and that's it. I don't know where to obtain a spare power supply, but I doubt that it is a cause. Perhaps power jack problem, but again then laptop should have booted up off the battery.
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I was wondering if someone could help me to diagnose the problem with my laptop. Acer TravelMate 4000 LCi, (P-M 1.4Ghz, 512MB RAM, 40GB HDD, DVD-CDRW). Purchased brand new back in Dec. 2004 from Amazon. Started using since summer 2004. It had 1 year warranty which is of course expired.


I damn the day I bought Acer listening to advices of my Indian and Chinese friends from university. I personally own Toshiba Satellite M35-S359, which has been working great since Jan. 2004. I purchased Acer as a second laptop for other home users.


This Acer laptop was basically a desktop replacement. I never had a problem with it before. However, in the morning of the day before yesterday I've discovered that Acer wouldn't start-up.

The power indicator blinks from yellow to green and screen doesn't power up at all.
However, when I unplugged it and reinserted battery it booted up fine and I used it for the entire day.

The next morning it wouldn't start-up at all.
Again, the power indicator blinks from yellow to green and screen doesn't power up at all.
Several attempts to reinsert or remove battery
plug or unplug AC adapter didn't help.

I removed HDD and put it back but it didn't help. I must buy 2.5" enclosure to make sure that problem is not caused by HDD, which I doubt.

When I plug laptop in or insert its battery, the laptop lights up on its own. I mean it's power button lights up but again nothing happens. Just power indicator blinks from yellow to green, and that's it.

I thought of the following causes.

1. Power connection problem (Jack went down, laptop's AC input etc.). Because it was acting weird. When I plug it in it powers up on its own, without pushing power button. But still it won't boot at all. LCD is dark with no signs of life.

The same happens if I insert battery. Even if I shut it down via power button, sometimes it's power status light remains green. Then I've to push power button again to shut it completely down.

2. LCD is down. Because I found a crack on each hinge. I was "surprised". This laptop was never used away from home. It was basically desktop replacement which was very well taken care of. Crappy plastic! I hate Acer.

3. HDD is down. I can test it later if I buy 2.5" external enclosure for this purpose.

4. Motherboard is down, which is more than likely. Maybe overheating issue?
I'm afraid this maybe a cause which fried motherboard.

I've to admit that although it is Pentium M Centrino, its fan was always running on, which made me think of overheating issue and I was even thinking of buying a cooling pad a few weeks earlier. Who knows, perhaps it would have prevented current dead-stalemate situation.

Note, laptop was perhaps on 20 hours a day!
And even when it was shut down in the nights, it was never unplugged and the battery was always there too. In other words, it was charging the battery 24 hours a day.

I'll appreciate any valuable advice and remedy!

Thanks.


AH! I have the exact same problem on my newer Acer Aspire. It doesn't boot with the battery or just plugged in. The hard drive works perfectly in my desktop computer and I tried it with different RAM. I'm guessing it's the motherboard. The fans come on but no bios or anything, tried plugging in monitor but..it doesn't say no signal, just black. Thanks?
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Hi All,

I'll be keeping my eye on this thread because my rather new Acer Aspire 1690 notebook has just succumbed to *exactly* the same fate as alex's and Intro's.

The Acer website lists a sequence to test for PS issues, and that sequence indicated negative in my case.

Reseating ram, HD, wireless card had no effect.

Additionally, my notebook will not boot from bootable CD, nor will it display anything on an external monitor, nor can I access the bios.

At this point, I've come to the end of the list of measures I can think of to get the computer to boot. As a next step, I'll try to salvage the data from the HD before getting a more professional opinion on the computer's reparability / tossability. Unless, that is, anyone can suggest other diagnostics here.

I too am beginning to suspect a big problem such as a dead motherboard. Ack!

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Hi All,

I'll be keeping my eye on this thread because my rather new Acer Aspire 1690 notebook has just succumbed to *exactly* the same fate as alex's and Intro's.

The Acer website lists a sequence to test for PS issues, and that sequence indicated negative in my case.

Reseating ram, HD, wireless card had no effect.

Additionally, my notebook will not boot from bootable CD, nor will it display anything on an external monitor, nor can I access the bios.

At this point, I've come to the end of the list of measures I can think of to get the computer to boot. As a next step, I'll try to salvage the data from the HD before getting a more professional opinion on the computer's reparability / tossability. Unless, that is, anyone can suggest other diagnostics here.

I too am beginning to suspect a big problem such as a dead motherboard. Ack!

Andrew



I fully agree that it can't be RAM, I reinserted both RAM memory sticks and it didn't help of course.

Today I've received 2.5" HDD external USB enclosure and my HDD works just fine as
external hard drive connected to Dell desktop.

So, the problem is not in HDD either.
And by the way, it took me an hour or so to unscrew HDD from it's metal caddy. Those 4 screws on sides of the caddy were extremely tight and made of super hard metal!
My screwdriver tip got a bit damaged.
I could unscrew them only after 5th or 6 attempts putting a towel on the handle of a screwdriver. I HATE ACER even more now.
Why the hell on Earth would somebody put HDD screws so tight that they are almost impossible to open?! Freaking Acer idiots!


Back to the problem, it's definitely one of the motherboards sections. There is no way to test it without help of professional hardware master.

I think that replacement of motherboard will cost over $200.

It may also be one of the power resistors or whatever chips of the motherboard which may need to be replaced.

But even if failed chip cost less than $20,
I'm sure that hardware master will insist on replacement of motherboard and charge you over $200. Or he can still replace malfunctioned chip and charge you for the whole motherboard. Unless you know someone trusted who is honest person. :)

I'll see if any of our few local laptop repair centers will be able to diagnose the problem and give me estimate of how much would it cost to repair it, not asking me extra money just for diagnosing and giving estimate.

Thanks.
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Gezzzz ! I got the same problem on my notebook Acer Aspire 3003 WLMi, does not boot up.
The power light comes up, the fan start to spin and that's about it. :/
And also turn on by itself when i plug the power like alex mentioned.

It happend out of the blue. anyone got at clue or is really the MB?
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Wow, now this is geting weird, I have the exact same problem with my Acer Travelmate 2303, my computer tech opened it and is 90% sure that its the motherboard, everything is in its place, and power supply is good, but its weird that it automatically runs the fan and lights when plugin in to the wall. Please post some updates the first one that gets to solve this mystery, it will help so many of us!

Thanks
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I have exactly the same start up problem on and acer Aspire 5022 (Bought Feb 2006). I had the problem checked into. At first they thought it was overheating fan problem as it is intermittent and then was diagnosed as motherboard problem.
It will turn on on occasion but there is nothing that seems to indicate when it will or won't. So is useless. And very frustrating...
Would definitely be interested if there is any solvable reason before I buy a new laptop! Thanks
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Same problem.
However, my laptop starts sporadically after trying to power on 15-20 times.
Once it powers on properly and shows the splash screen, everything works fine, no problems whatsoever.

So, i am gueesing it is something to with the component on the motherboard that handles booting?
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hi all...

looks like we all got the same kinda problem i hope someone can help me with mine....i have an acer aspire 1690..and for some silly reason it has just decided to become a pain in ones bottom...it boots up as normal but i got a complete black screen not even a flicker of light there but it is booting up as normal...now with mine booting up i think this will rule out it being a motherboard problem...someone said to me it could be a software problem..the worst thing is i even tried to plug it into an external monitor which is also an acer but to no avail that didnt work either and yes i did click the button to go external monitor..

well thats my whinging finished i just hope there is someone out there that can help us all...

thanks
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Well, I'm yet another person who's joined this happy crew. About a week ago I started having severe blue screen issues, random crashes with increasing regularity. My first hunch was that my drive was at fault here, and indeed, I do detect a number of faults with both chkdsk and the check ubuntu linux runs on startup.

Needless to say, the crashes don't stop, quite the opposite. I get rebooted constantly, to my increasing irritation. Since I didn't want to take the time to do a clean reinstall of Windows XP right then, (I really need to finish a report and wasn't about to waste time with such rubbish, I was thinking) I just kept on trying to make things work anyway. Some more diagnostic tools installed, to no avail.

Now as I get rebooted, the screen is blank. HD light is on, fan runs, but no image.
I hard power off and on again, and it works. This worked a few times, now I'm stuck in the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle.

Strangely enough, sometimes I get as far as GRUB before it freezes completely. I've even managed to reach ubuntus version of chkdsk once, after 20 or so attempts. I'm at a loss here...
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Hi all,

I too have the identical problem - i wont list it as i think we all know the issue by now! Mine is an acer travelmate 4000WLMi - i am trying to go through all the possible problems now - but feel the only way to properly check is by getting a new motherboard. anyone any ideas or suggestions? all will be greatfully received!

Cheers, Gaz
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+1 ...

Aspire 5050

winVista + Ubuntu Feisty

a while ago it was starting if i waited like 3 minutes, yesterday it wouldn't start at all, nothing - problem started just after a week uptime, and it heats up increadibly... i think i just burned it... :(
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I've got an Acer Travelmate 2300 and had a similar problem last night...

I was installing Ubuntu to an external HD and ran into trouble with it overwriting XPs MBR on the machine and Ubuntu's bootloader didn't work at all, gave me an error... After I tried (unsuccessfully) to rewrite the MBR in the repair console (due to a administrator password issue that is a known XP issue for preloaded machines) I rebooted the machine and it wouldn't POST...

I've tried reseating the RAM and HD, I've removed the battery and tried to start without it, I've tried to start without the PS, and I've tried everything with it hooked up to an external monitor which I am sure works... So far nothing...

Today I'm going to pick up a 44-40pin IDE cable so I can at least see about getting my data off the drive...

I assume it's a MB issue...

And the real kicker is just yesterday afternoon I screwed up my car by over-torquing some nuts... Computer and car all in one day and summer classes start up on Monday.
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I've had an Acer Travelmate 2300 for 2 1/2 years. It stays put at home (I use it because it takes less space than a desktop).

This year it started to cause problems in not starting. If I'd used it for a day, it would take another day before it would start again, whether shut down or on standby - all this from the power supply. It's got worse, so time down takes longer before I can get any sign of life from the machine. The power light on the front shows juice.

The other day I disconnected the power cable for half an hour and pulled out the battery pack for 10 minutes. A couple of hours later it started up.

It's driving me up the wall, as I'm completely at the mercy of the laptop and whether it's ready to start or not.

A couple of months ago I posted a message to technical support on one of the Acer websites and have heard nothing.

Looking around the web, this seems to be depressingly common in Acer laptops.

Thoughts: a) it looks like the battery on mine is either dead or not retaining charge; b) no idea why it won't start up on mains juice; c) if it starts sometimes, I conclude that the mother board can't be fried.

Anyone found ways through this crap? It may be low cost, but not if it falls over.
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Well, I believe my problem was the video adapter on the mother board or some other part of the motherboard itself. These things do happen in most comptuers, I'm just used to tower systems where I can replace a part easily and cheaply. I've replaced the laptop since it would have cost $400-$500 to replace/repair the MB.
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'Well, I believe my problem was the video adapter on the mother board or some other part of the motherboard itself. These things do happen in most comptuers, I'm just used to tower systems where I can replace a part easily and cheaply. I've replaced the laptop since it would have cost $400-$500 to replace/repair the MB.'

My experience with computers prior to the Acer was with Macs. Nothing like this ever happened and certainly not in such a short time. I still have a Mac laptop going strong after 6 years.
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Another Acer in trouble. Acer 2010 with 2 x 512mb, will not start, gets continuous beep during POST and no further. Fan runs for a moment, no screen display, LED light remain on, which indicates to me some power is on. Swapped the two memory cards /slots, tried with one memory card, same problem. Tried both ac power and battery, same results. Could it be both memory cards are faulty, or perhaps the MOBO? Sent emails to Acer, they're not interested, as it 's out of warranty. Quote on motherboard is nearly the same price as I paid for the laptop. Different models have nearly the same problems, what does this say about ACER products? Is it the quality of components they use.
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Hi guys, I bought an Acer Travelmate and My god I have caught hell for it, My computer has gone through some of the exact same issues, I bought it in December of last year so the warranty is still good. The first time I got it back It was still broken, so I sent it back, I was to recieve the unit today but the company mixed my computer up in shipping sending me the wrong one, Acer is garbage, the customer service is bad, and we were all fools for buying their computers , we deserve better than to be treated like our money doesn't matter
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Hi every body. Sunday morning I joined the club. My acer travelmate died with the black screen and the fan running. I tried to connect to an external video but it didn't worked. I can see the blinking light ... all the stuff you described before (I hope to recover the hard drive).
To add something I did. Swiched off took the cable and the battery off, waited for a couple of hours, without battery and lead push the power button for 5-10 sec and put everything back again... didn't worked (suggestion by IT guy of PC World).

Please keep sending update on this topic just to be sure that I had to buy a new PC (desktop this time!)
thanks
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People are not posting any updates, i think everyone got tired and sold it for parts as is......Im considering doing the very same thing, how much will it be worth? $200.00 or less?
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Here's the response received from Acer. Zero comment or response to my query, except to outline what to pay for a service. I'm not impressed.:

'Hello, Thank you for contacting Acer.

Regarding your enquiry,

This would be classed as a chargeable repair, the process would be the following.

There will be a £41.13 charge taken from you before your machine is brought in for repair. You will then be given courier details so that you may arrange collection of your machine for shipment to our repair centre. Once received in the repair centre it will undergo assessment by one of our technicians. They will draw up a written proposal for you containing full details pertaining to your repair. This will be sent to you by post giving you ten days to respond.

Once you have received the proposal you have the option to reject it, which means the £41.13 will cover the engineer and couriers fees, and the machine will be returned to you un-repaired. If you accept the proposal the £41.13 is deducted from the final bill and the repair then goes ahead.

After ten days, if your proposal is not signed and returned to us by fax or post the repair is defaulted as rejected, your machine is not repaired, and shipped back to you.

If you would like to book your machine in for an assessment please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.

Regards



Acer Technical Support Team'
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Me too. TM 2200. Won't charge or power up, with or without the battery in place (but charger PSU is OK on another machine). Sometimes flashes orange LED, sometimes not. Curious very faint ticking noise from inside the machine when the PSU is connected. Mother board already replaced once under guarantee (they said) when the charging became unreliable, but failed again just after the end of the guarantee.

Call me paranoid, but is there anyone that has a TravelMate that does NOT suffer from this problem just after the guarantee runs out?

Hypothetically, they could build in a real-time clock that triggers an emulation of these symptoms 15 months after powering on for the first time. Thus increasing the market for new laptops. But of course, such a reputable company would not do that.

But there is already one company that does something similar, and quite openly. If you do a test print on an HP 3210 printer, it will tell you the date the cartridges were installed, and their expiry date. After the expiry date, they will not work at all.

Call me paranoid, but I wonder if the practice is more widespread than we think.

K.
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Right, so here is my story.
I have an Acer Aspire 1690. Bought it in Singapore and I live in Ireland.
I started having this problem back in December. I took my laptop to Bali for my holidays with the parents and it worked fine when I got on the plane from Singapore.
Once we got to the hotel in Bali I would try to start it up but the screen remained black and you could hear it wouldnt start up properly. So we thought it might be the high humidity that might be screwing around with it. During my stay there I tried to start it up a few times and no success.
When we got back to Singapore the following day I tried turning it on and nothing. Since it was the weekend I had to wait before I could do anything.
On the Monday before I called their support line I tried turning it on, and miraculously it worked. From that day on, I didnt have any problems with it what so ever.

Just a few weeks ago I got the same problem. But as the days went by it changed.. Eventually it would start properly but the screen remained black. If I left it running it would reach my desktop and it would seem everything else was working fine.

From the black screen it soon turned into a white one from startup. Or a black one which would constantly flicker (black to white). But the weird thing was there were times when it would start properly. It would get about halfway through the loading and then the screen would even go black or white. Right now it has been working for 20mins as I write this.

Now everything is working fine except when I try loading up a game, then the screen will surely die on me. By tomorrow the problem might be back again. But the thing I dont understand is, if I'm having these screen problems, why does it sometimes work for me?! And why might it work and die within 5mins, or run all night and not work the following day I try turning it on..

Any ideas.. Anyone?
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My Acer Aspire 3003 started doing this last week. Sometimes it would load up - other times it would try its best, on other occasions it would get part way towards loading before the screen went black with white moving lines on it, not unoike white noise on the telly, and on others it would simply power on, I'd hear a whirrr of the fan and then it would go black and quiet - with the power light remaining on.

I scoured the net and found this page where many people seem to be describing the same symptoms as I'm suffering.

I spent about 3 hours just trying to turn it last Friday then noticed something that seemed to make it work. The little plastic tog at the end of the power adapter had got caught under the laptop near where the power plug connects to the laptop.

Once that had happened I tried something. I found out that if I pinched the laptop, with my fingers, on the right hand side (near the back where the power adapter connects) and held the top and bottom of the keyboard half of the laptop together quite tightly - I could start it every time.

Now I'm no hardware expert but I know a little and that suggests to me that some connection in the power supply must be loose. I admit that holding your laptop together is a far from perfect solution nor is clipping it together with a D-clip or some other make-shift quick-fix but I wonder whether anyone else has come across this anomaly and whether this works for them - which might give way to someone knowing far more about laptop hardware than me suggesting where exactly the problem may lie.

Perhaps, however, I have an entirely different problem - but I agree with everyone who has said they are suspicious of suggestions that they may have a motherboard problem. When it does power up it functions perfectly!

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