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My Dell Inspiron 8200 won't boot up. The battery is dead (the latch broke shortly after purchase), and the laptop is plugged in to the wall using the original power cord. There are three indicator lights (from left to right: power, cylinder, and battery). When I push the power button, the power and cylinder lights turn on (green) and there is a faint sound from the unit. The visible fans in the back do not run. The Battery light blinks green then orange. There is nothing on the screen, and the whirring sound shuts off. the green lights remain on, and the battery light continues to blink orange. I got a new laptop a few months ago, and never transferred my data from my old one (because it was unreliable, and I always thought I would have more time to do it "later". The only important things on the old laptop are my address book and a TON of pictures of my kids (they are 4 and 2, and I was REALLY bad at backing up digital photos). The hard drive was replaced about a year ago, so I am confident that the data is ok, if I can get to it. I have tried vacuuming the vents, reseating the memory and unplugging it to make it think there was a power outage. I recently moved to a smaller town and don't know of anyone (geek squad-type place) that I could take the laptop to. Thank you! Romana

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Since it has sat dead for so long, it's certain the bios battery is drained. The bios battery is a small rechargable Nimh inside the laptop, and if you leave the laptop plugged in for a day or two it may come to life for you. I can't say for sure though if that battery will prevent the unit from booting at all or not, but I would try it.

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