How the hell do you kill a motherboard just by opening up the compytron? All I know is that the damned thing no longer turns on at all.
Battery in battery bay: doesn't do a damn thing when I hit power. But that's been a longstanding issue.
Battery in modular bay: causes my LEDs to blink continuously. WTF?
AC power: Lights come on for a second, then die. Double WTF?
And according to Dell, that means the motherboard is FUBAR. And it's not worth the money to replace it, I know...I've had to check that before when my monitor went kaput. Hmm...maybe I can swap the hard drive into the other laptop long enough to put critical files online (since the other lappy will get online, but not connect to the other compytron)