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Inspiron 1501 won't turn on

My inspiron 1501 won't turn on, when power button is pressed the fans spin up and down , and the power light stays on intermittantly, is this a problem with the motherboard, thanks

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  • aaronschmidt Oct 20, 2008

    i press the power button and the cd rom boots and the power light comes on but the screen is blank and the keys are locked. what is going on????

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It might be but there are a number of things we would check before calling the mobo bad. We use a process of elimination; stop when you find the problem and replace the bad bit. First, always try the easy stuff. reseat (remove and replace) the memory. If you have only one module try it in the other slot. If you have two memory modules try only one and try one at a time in each slot (four tries). Borrow compatible memory from a working laptop (ask your friends) and see if that does the trick. Put only one piece of memory back to continue (try to verify the memory in another machine). Last easy thing as a "might as well"; try on AC without the battery in and conversely on only battery. Next level: remove all the drives (and the battery too). Does it start now? Might as well remove the keyboard and try. Next level; leave everything out and reseat the CPU. I imagine that the model has a micro-PCGA socket and the CPU can be removed with the turn of a small screw. The CPU should be fairly accessible on that model from a bottom panel or under the keyboard. Remove any shielding and remove the fan and reseat the CPU. Replace the fan and try again.If still no luck then I would be pretty certain it is CPU or mobo. I might borrow a CPU from another machine but that is likely not an option for you. I might even buy a cheap compatible CPU on eBay but a better option for you would be to but a working parts machine of lower base on eBay. Don't buy only a mobo as you may have a bad CPU. Since you are committed to removing the LCD anyway you might as well remove the screen and see the bare base boots to an external monitor.
Good luck
alfadog

Posted on Oct 04, 2008

  • alfadog Oct 04, 2008

    "buy a working parts machine or lower base on eBay" - oops :)

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