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Cannot power up my Meade LX200

I have a Meade LX200 8". I bought it around 13 years ago. At the moment, it will not turn on. I pulled off the panel and checked fuse which is good. I measured for power all over the panel and it was there, but it acts like thereis nothing. Even the 3V battery is new. Any ideas?

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