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Laptop Won't startup Vostro 1500

Get a flashing lock symbol on my keyboard apon turning my laptop on? The lock has a A in it. The laptop won't boot up?
Please help me

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  • marianne87 Nov 07, 2008

    Hello

    It won't work. The lock symbol is still flashing
    :-(

  • tbagave Nov 10, 2008

    I am facing the same issue. I have a vostro 1500. When I press the power button the laptop doesnt start. Please let me know what needs to be done.

  • longjohn1 Nov 10, 2008

    hi sorry i posted this in the solution section:

    hi there i have the same problem, a flashing lock symbol with an A inside it and i have tried the method to get in to the psa but it won't do anything just keeps flashing and then turns off. Any help would be greatly appreciated. laptop has been back to dell twice but they say its working fine with no problems. mine is an ispiron 1520. tried everything i can think of but nothing works so far. Please help. :)

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    Have a locked symbol with an A next to it; nothing will respond on laptop; what can I do

  • pshah704 Apr 03, 2009

    Blue lock key is on. Laptop wont start. I have tried walters soultion still no luck

  • tmoore85749 Apr 13, 2009

    Computer won't start up I get a lock-up with a flashing A same as the others reported

  • jkkarteek May 12, 2009

    Dell Vostro 1500 wont boot up when I press power button only caps lock button blinks.

  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    I had the exact same problem and the solution below worked!
    thanks a lot!!!


  • posthuman May 11, 2010

    THANK YOU walterb_8 ! I registered just to express my gratitude, because I found your solution after searching the web. I had the exact same problem and your solutions fixed them. Now the laptop runs perfectly as always. It died at a very bad time when I needed it the most and I was frustrated, but thanks to you, everything is fine now. Thank you !

  • Mark Ward Sep 19, 2013

    I have tried all tgese methods but to no avail. My worry is that the computer has all the family photos on it!

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I have tried searching for solutions all over and have had no real help in the matter so far, I can't afford to replace the PC anytime soon and need help.

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See if you can run the Pre-boot System Assessment (PSA) diagnostics. To run the PSA+ Diagnostics on this system, perform one of the following actions:

1) Hold down the <Fn> key while pressing the power button.

2) Turn on the system, press <F12> at the initial Dell™ logo screen, and select “Diagnostics” from the boot menu.

3) Disconnect the AC power and remove the battery. While holding down the power button, insert the AC connector into the back of the system. The system then starts and the message “Diagnostic boot selected” displays. The system then launches the PSA+ Diagnostics.

According to Dell specs, there is no error code listed that you described, (Flashing Caps LED). Also try reseating the memory modules, (you might want to try this first).



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  • Walter H Boehm Nov 08, 2008

    If it's still under warranty, call Dell for repair or use FixYa's Repair Directory to locate a repair shop in your area.

  • dukedms Sep 02, 2011

    Walterb_8, Thank you. I re-seated my memory modules and was able to re-start. I dropped my notebook the other day and it must have jarred one of the memory modules loose. Thanks again, Dan

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Hi there i have the same problem, a flashing lock symbol with an A inside it and i have tried the method to get in to the psa but it won't do anything just keeps flashing and then turns off. Any help would be greatly appreciated. laptop has been back to dell twice but they say its working fine with no problems

Posted on Nov 10, 2008

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    thy chalz Jan 19, 2013

    Had the same problem with the flashing lock; Tried removing the RAM from below the laptop system unit, same thing then tried to remove the RAM just below the keyboard, the laptop started booting n working now. First take out the cover for power button. Than remove the keyboard, u will find another RAM just there.

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Laptop Won't startup Vostro 1500 - 7_13_2013_10_21_14_pm.jpgI I just solved this problem today. Try to change and switch / unplug your ram and your battery , just use normal power supply and the the best is detach your hard drive out and pull out the interposer which attach to the SATA hard disk and put it back. This solutions work for me.

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Had the same problem with the flashing lock; Tried removing the RAM from below the laptop system unit, same thing then tried to remove the RAM just below the keyboard, the laptop started booting n working now. First take out the cover for power button. Than remove the keyboard, u will find another RAM just there.

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The problem is the video card. The card cost $150 plus labor to install it. There is temporary fix to it .First take out the cover for power button. Than remove the keyboard. Take a hair dryer from home,use high heat blow it into the video card about 5 minutes.The video card is on the right side of the power button. Than put everything back together and restart the laptop. This work for me. Good luck....

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Most times it lights battery light only
wont boot

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