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Inspiron 1200 wont start

I've got a two year old Dell Inspiron 1200 laptop
It won't start. Not even BIOS.
The 4 lights come on for about 5 sec. then they go out.

Tested power adaptor Tested OK, but still replaced it.
Removed battery. Same thing.

I'm thinking bad Motherboard?

Thanks for the help

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It sounds like defective video card or motherboard.

Posted on Dec 01, 2008


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