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X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#1 Post by lifftchi » Thu Dec 15, 2022 5:45 pm

Well, I seem to have destroyed my X2100. It won't turn on, and something in the power circuitry makes a rapid 'chirp' when plugged in. My guess is that there's a short somewhere, and the chirp is the power supply turning on, exceeding current limits, and turning off repeatedly.

(So this is at least partly my fault -- I hooked up a dodgy powered USB device, thinking that the worst it could do was destroy my I/O board. Laptop immediately turned off. I pulled the power and battery. Waited, reconnected, wasn't able to turn it back on.)

I've tried pulling everything off the board that's pullable; no change. Tried powering from barrel plug, battery, and USB-C -- frequency of chirps changes, but the machine doesn't turn on. (With the battery there are no chips, but it still doesn't work.)

Unfortunately I don't think I can realistically repair the board, even if I were able to successfully diagnose the issue (which is itself unlikely.) I guess I'm mostly just venting here, but if anyone knows a really skilled repair shop in the SF bay area, I'd be willing to pay a few hundred dollars to get this fixed.

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri Dec 16, 2022 2:06 am

For that kind of money you could send it to Louis Rossmann in New York, who can most likely fix it.
https://rossmanngroup.com/contact/
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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#3 Post by lifftchi » Fri Dec 16, 2022 4:32 pm

Well, it's worth trying. I know Rossmann has a good reputation, but I don't really consume streaming video and view people associated with it with suspicion. Still, not as if I have much choice.

I'm still pretty depressed about the whole thing. I used the laptop for a few months and it was completely fantastic. Finally had it set up just the way I liked it.

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#4 Post by lifftchi » Sat Dec 17, 2022 7:49 pm

Well, Rossmangroup appears to not be interested. It is "a device we don't work on."

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#5 Post by datarama-dk » Wed Dec 28, 2022 6:23 am

lifftchi wrote:
Thu Dec 15, 2022 5:45 pm
(So this is at least partly my fault -- I hooked up a dodgy powered USB device, thinking that the worst it could do was destroy my I/O board. Laptop immediately turned off. I pulled the power and battery. Waited, reconnected, wasn't able to turn it back on.)
Could you tell us which device, and which of the ports you hooked it into? (In the interest of others avoiding accidentally damaging their X2100s too).

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#6 Post by brookchef » Tue Jan 10, 2023 3:24 pm

Hello fellow X2100 owner,

I am in the SF Bay Area, and I had a problem where my X2100 would not boot. Not exactly the same scenario, but hoping this might help.

I left my laptop on, and the battery completely discharged (running Linux Mint). Tried using the both the USB-C and Barrel chargers and while 2 of the green indicator lights were on, the machine would not boot. With nothing left to lose, I flashed the BIOS externally. This did the trick and my computer booted up just fine. I can walk you through this if you'd like to try it.

Hope this helps anyone with the same or similar issue.

Thanks.

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#7 Post by lifftchi » Wed Jan 18, 2023 3:24 am

That strikes me as a really good idea, and I have had to flash the bios externally before, so I have most of it already set up. I'm not confident it'll help, but it's definitely worth trying, thanks. I'll probably give it a go tomorrow.

(The device I plugged in was a development board powered from a benchtop power supply with a floating ground. Oops. But it's not a mistake that I think anyone else is likely to make.)

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#8 Post by lifftchi » Wed Jan 18, 2023 7:38 pm

Well, this is an interesting outcome. Supplying voltage to the EEPROM VCC pin makes my Raspberry Pi turn off, probably for self-protection. A meter shows about 7K ohm resistance between VCC on the flash chip and ground. This is. . . lower than I would expect. (A reference BIOS chip in a different board shows several megaohm.)

I'm sort of tempted to try pulling the EEPROM to see if it works out-of-circuit. But I'm not very confident that I can desolder it without damaging the other stuff on the board, even if I cover it in kapton tape.

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#9 Post by L29Ah » Wed Jan 18, 2023 8:12 pm

lifftchi wrote:
Wed Jan 18, 2023 7:38 pm
Well, this is an interesting outcome. Supplying voltage to the EEPROM VCC pin makes my Raspberry Pi turn off, probably for self-protection. A meter shows about 7K ohm resistance between VCC on the flash chip and ground. This is. . . lower than I would expect. (A reference BIOS chip in a different board shows several megaohm.)

I'm sort of tempted to try pulling the EEPROM to see if it works out-of-circuit. But I'm not very confident that I can desolder it without damaging the other stuff on the board, even if I cover it in kapton tape.
You can try lifting only the power pin of the flash chip off the board to power it separately.
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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#10 Post by jamesfawcett » Sat Jan 21, 2023 3:40 pm

Watching this with vested interest! I've an X2100 4th batch that won't turn on, but I don't get any of the power status LED's on mine so might be a different issue. I get no response at all from battery or an external power source. Please do keep us informed if you have any luck!

I've replaced my X2100 now with a 5th batch motherboard instead, because I use this machine daily. I would still like to get my X2100 4th batch repaired though.

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#11 Post by exander » Mon Jan 23, 2023 7:24 pm

Maybe Rossman would me interested if there is more machines. I have one with similar issue, only a week in use, and xy.tech is no contact.

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#12 Post by lifftchi » Wed Feb 01, 2023 11:59 pm

So I pulled the EEPROM, and I think the results are mixed.

* EEPROM doesn't work, is unreadable. (I can't rule out the possibility of damage from my poor desoldering technique, though.)
* On the board footprint, pin 8 still shows about 7K resistance to ground. This might give us a decent avenue for troubleshooting? Follow this trace upstream, check resistances at each point. If someone with a working board can check resistance there, that would be helpful.

Now that I've got the chip off, I'd like to get a socket put on -- I've attached a clip to this board way more than I feel is reasonable.

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Re: X2100 won't turn on, makes chirping noise

#13 Post by flyingfishfinger » Thu Feb 02, 2023 12:25 pm

When I modified the X210 BIOS, that's the first thing I did. Removed the stock BIOS chip for safekeeping, installed one of these (https://www.adafruit.com/product/4726) and bought several extra blank chips. Good luck!

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