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Problem with inspiron 6400 does not ignite sometimes

For weeks I have been having problems when igniting the equipment, is listened to a rare noise and it does not ignite, after last time on several attempts finally ignites, but to the passage of hours the equipment remains inhibited or reset, already it reviews the hard disk with the tool of diagnostics of dell and all this working well. The day of today that it executes again the diagnostic tool of dell, the laptop its again remain inhibited in this process, perhaps that the card mother no longer works. Thanks for your help.

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  • Excuse my english,I do not even dominate it.

    Yes tomj23 (thanks for your help :) ), when i starting the notebook sometimes show this problem, for example now, after 2 hours the notebook restart alone, inmediatly i try start again the notebook, the the three leds of keyboard status lights ( caps lock, numlock, scroll lock) are on and is this momment when the sound it appears, this sound is similar or equal mmm when you try to ignite a car and these don't ignite, the sound of the motor of car like asphyxiating,this it is the sound of which I speak to them( I hope that they understand this :)) and the notebook dont start, the lights of leds are off and don't sound any beep of error.

    other times during the time that this on the notebook suddenly stays out the equipment without apparent reason.

    I'm contacts to the support of dell and realize the actions and diagnosticos that they recommended to me, in the beginning i think the hard disk failed, but i realize scandisk for the hard disk and dont't show problems, reinstall Windows and continues failing notebook.

    I hope can help me :) thanks !!

  • when noise are listened , not show anything the monitor, any image o logo of dell, only the three leds what's say before are ligthing, and when noise go, the three leds are extingihsd. the noise are listened in the right side of the notebook, near on the hard disk it's located. Some idea of what fan are located in this site?.

    The dell diagnostic tool what i'm use it's when the notebook start and press F12 and choose the option diagnostic, this diagnostic run in ms-dos.

    Thanks tomj23

  • Somebody have idea for the resolve this problem please !!! :(



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Samj04011, Not sure I understand entirely what problem you are experiencing. I?m assuming you are using ?igniting? to refer to starting the laptop but it?s making some odd noises and takes lots of time to start. Can you give us some additional information such as: -describe the noise in greater detail; is it beeping and if so are they long, short and how many. These may be beep codes which are a series of long or short beeps, the number and order point to specific errors. -What is displayed on the monitor? -What LEDs light up whey you try to start? Once you?ve given us some more information we can start to figure out what is going on.

Posted on Feb 24, 2007

  • tomj23 Feb 25, 2007

    The noise you are describing does not sound like beep codes, in fact the only sound I can think of that would make a noise like a car starting would be a hard drive, a CD drive or perhaps a defective fan. You say you were able to run the Dell diagnostic disk from the CD drive so its probably not that. The fan probably wouldn?t prevent the laptop from starting but a defective hard drive would.

    When this noise occurs do you see anything on the monitor at all?
    Will the laptop start and load Windows at all?



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