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Inspiron 1501 won't turn on

Okay--I've found, and tried, every solution I could for this problem, but maybe someone knows something I've missed.
I was using my laptop when it suddenly froze.  Tried ctl/alt/del but nothing happened.  So I powered down.  When I tried to power it back up, the power light comes on, the lock lights blink twice, the fan powers up then down, and the dvd drive clicks on and off.  Then nothing--black screen.  My laptop battery is nearly dead, so I am always plugged in.
This seems like a common thing with the Inspirons, and here are some of the suggestions I tried:
I removed all power sources, held down power button for 30 sec to reset system and tried to boot up again--same issue
I unplugged the screen closed sensor, thinking the unit might be thinking it was asleep (lid closed), because that what it acts like.  No luck.
Removed memory--and reset--nothing.
Replaced button battery on mobo--and Voila, she sprung back to life--but only for about 2 hours and now same problem.
I have tried with battery, without battery, ac cord, no ac cord, switched battery and memory from working unit (my son has same computer) and no luck with anything except for the short lived button battery success.
Any ideas would be appreciated, or I guess she goes into the shop next week.
Thank you!!

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  • mydingaling Nov 06, 2008

    Of course it's past warranty--isn't that when everything breaks down?  Does anyone know anything about the flash codes and if this can diagnose anything?  Like I said--all three lock lights blink twice.  I found dell's flash codes for some other models, but not for the 1501.


  • mydingaling Nov 07, 2008

    Thanks for everyone's help--I think it may be a prob with the mobo, unfortunately. I'll drag it down to the geek squad for an estimate, and if it is worth it, I'll get it fixed. If not, I'll probably keep it for parts for the other 1501. In the meantime, I ordered a Mini 9 net book--hope that one lives a little longer than two years!! Thanks!!

  • mydingaling Nov 08, 2008

    Okay--this is truly mysterious--but the laptop is working again.  I am using it right now.  Do you think this could be an overheating problem--she does run a little hot, and I do use a chill pad?  I'll let you all know how long she stays on this time.

  • mydingaling Nov 08, 2008

    Well, I ran the diagnostics and everything passed, so I'm stumped.

  • lirex Nov 16, 2008

    I bought new RAM for my Inspiron 1501. I was with 2x512MB and I now I have 2x1GB. One of the 1GB ram works fine, but when I put the other and I tried to power it back up, the power light comes on, the lock
    lights blink twice, the fan powers up then down, and the dvd drive
    clicks on and off. Then nothing--black screen.

    The ram is 100% compatible with the laptop. The seller advised me to flash the bios (clear the cmos) but I have no idea how to do that. I was searching in internet about this but couldn't find anything.

    Any advices?


  • roshanis Dec 28, 2008

    My laptop wont boot. Removed battery and tried to switch ON while simultaneously pressing the Fn key. Nothing happens. The power light is ON and the other 3 LOCKs lights light up for less than a second. Tried booting using a DVD boot disk. no luck.

  • plumwild_99 Mar 01, 2009

    same thing lights flash once fan runs about 1 second. DVD player opens spins up power lite is on but nothing happens. no post no beeps no flashing.



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Do you have the dell diagnostic CD??
if you have it may help you to figure what is wrong??
here is th link to the troubleshooting steps.

I suspect the hard drive may be on its way out. unfortunately you can't see the screen.

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    Frank Nov 07, 2008

    sorry to hear that.

    but let me know how you like the mini. I am thinking to getting one.


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It sounds like you tried all possible solutions. The only thing left is to remove the hard drive. Also try disconnecting the LCD display by unplugging the LCD connector from the motherboard. If the laptop still doesn’t power on then your motherboard is probably defective and needs to be replaced. If it’s still under warranty Dell will replace it.

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  • Walter H Boehm Nov 06, 2008

    Here is what the Dell the LED error codes for Inspiron 1501 indicate:




    CMOS initialization, SMI initialization, timer, gate A20, and mouse.

    CMOS, SMI, timer, gate A20 are located on the motherboard.



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SOURCE: the screen is black and the fan is running. cant

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SOURCE: Bootmgr is missing. Press ctl-alt- del to restart.

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SOURCE: getting message bootmgr missing press ctl alt del,

try this.. reboot your computer, or hold down the power button to shut it off then turn it back on, at the acer splash screen hit f2 to enter into setup. hit f9, load setup defaults and exit. it will reboot your computer and should let you in.

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