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Problem with Dell Inspiron 1100 series laptop

My laptop seem to be functioning okay although the fan was cutting on more frequently. My problem is that it will not boot, it will appear to switch on and power up but never get to the boot window screen and just turns itself off after about 5 seconds. Would the fan not working cause the system to shut down for saftey reasons? I received no errors prior to it not working, just shut it down after use. I pulled the whole system apart, down to the fan, and cleaned everything. Monitor is working. Thank you for any help, Lee

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Most certainly a non working fan would cause this behavior. Laptops are much more susceptible to overheating. Fan failures can be hastened by regularly blocking the fan by doing things like using it on a pillow or soft surface. The behavior is exactly what you think.

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  • Joe Swoboda Dec 04, 2006

    Good thought on the power issue as this sounds like a classic dead battery problem. Isn't there a widespread recall on Dell and Sony laptop batteries? I would try removing the battery completing and just booting with the AC adapter. If that works then it is likely that you have a bad battery. It hadn't even occurred to me the first time I read your problem.


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I recently encountered the same issue with my 1100 it was caused by the metal casing on the video card bending upward when a previous owner removed the case I simple applied a large amount of pressure from the but of my screwdriver and hit power and there it was booting normally suprised me but now it is fully functional again

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Try unplugging your laptop and letting it site for an hour. If your laptop refuses to boot after it has been off for more than an hour I would doubt its the fan because an unmodified Dell laptop with a failed fan will not overheat that fast unless something major is wrong. Even if it detects a failed component (fan) it should display an error during the early part of the boot cycle. No video during the early boot phase is not typically a good sign, but I would also check to make sure the unit is getting power, LEDs are deceptive. The best way is to check the battery to see if it is fully charged. Dells have the ability to switch from the laptop LCD screen being active, to just the VGA connector on the back or both. If you have a working monitor around try plugging that in and starting up again. If you don't get anything try toggling which display is active. The typical Dell has a key in the lower left hand corner labeled "Fn" (function) in blue ink. Look for another key labeled "CRT/LCD" also in blue ink and typically is the "F8" key. Hold the FN button down and hit the CRT/LCD key once. If nothing happens try it again after 10 seconds, and again after another 10. The first click is to change from the LCD being active to CRT, the second changes from CRT active to both, the third goes back to LCD only again. If none of this works you are probably looking at a major repair, video controller circuitry is on the motherboard?..

Posted on Nov 26, 2006

  • tomj23 Dec 04, 2006

    Dell, Apple and several other manufacturers have a fairly extensive battery recall. You can check Dell to see if your laptop is affected at this web page:


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