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I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop that won?t boot. The battery is dead (the latch broke shortly after I bought it), and it is plugged into the wall using the original power cord. There are three indicator lights ? the circle power light, a cylinder, and a battery. When I press and hold the power button, the power and cylinder lights light up (green) and there is a whirring sound. Also, the number and caps lock indicator lights flash green once. When the whirring sound shuts off (after a few seconds), the battery light blinks green, then orange (alternating). The visible fans in the back do not turn on. The green lights stay on and the battery light continues to blink green and orange, but nothing comes up on the screen. I have tried vacuuming the vents, unplugging to make it think there was a power outage, and reseating the memory. I bought a new laptop a few months ago, and kept putting off transferring my data because the old laptop was so finicky (this has happened for a while, but I usually get it to turn on after 10-20 tries). All I need off the old laptop is my address book and a TON of pictures of my kids (they are 4 and 2 and I don?t back up as often as I should). I recently moved to a small town, and I don?t know of anywhere I could take the laptop to get help with it (not in time to send Christmas cards anyway). Thank you!

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Remove the battery and try it on AC only. A failed battery can keep it from powering on.

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