I installed a new hard drive on my Latitude d610, and now I am having problems turning it on. Sometimes I have to push the on botton several times before I can get it to start, once it's on I have no problems with it. It's fustrating because I'm not sure if it needs a new switch or maybe something got mix up when I installed the new hard drive.
The power button is simply a push stick to the circuit board underneath. Remove the bezel by prising it up on the right hand side. You can then press the button underneath to determine if the problem is with the bezel or the circuit board. Usually the problem is that the bezel button is broken or has lost is springyness. A new bezel can be purchased on Ebay for around £5.
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First you have to make sure you bought the right kind of hard drive (IDE or SATA) to make the installation and connection easier. IDE drives have a set of prongs or pins that stick out. SATA is the later type and does not have prongs or pins sticking out. You just turn the laptop over and remove the cover where the hard drive will be housed. Usually it will have an icon of 3 circular discs on it. Most laptops will also require a Caddy that the drive sits in before it goes into the laptop. And some might require a interface.
I suggest you look on ebay and see if your computer's make and model requires a hard drive caddy or interface.
In the search box just type your computer's make and model followed by hard drive caddy. Example: Dell Latitude D610 Hard Drive Caddy
In the search box type this is see if it requires an interface: Example: Dell Latitude D610 Hard Drive Interface
you can download this to see if it is getting really hot first. http://www.diefer.de/software/i8kfangui31.exe
after you install it you can go into the settings and turn on the monitors for the cpu, gpu, ram, and sometimes the hard drive. you can turn on the fan monitors too to make sure they are working. you can control the fans as well. i use it on all my dell laptops. it its not freezing becuse of overheating then it might be the hard drive or you might need to reinstall windows
This fault usually means the hard disk has failed or the disk controller, in most cases it is the hard disk that has failed.
Check the BIOS settings and see if the hard disk is detected, if not it is probably a faulty hard disk.
When you boot up the computer does the hard disk LED light flash and can you hear the hard disk spin up. If the hard disk is making a clicking noise then it is definitely faulty.
To test the hard disk another way, remove the hard disk and connect it to an USB hard disk adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port. If this computer cannot detect this as an external hard drive and you can't open the folders and files, this confirms it as faulty.
To get the computer operational again, you need a new hard drive, Install Windows on the new hard drive with the computer's device drivers and your programs.
first look for the fn key and the f8 key
press together, if nothing
the video card sometimes comes loose on the dells, by pressing on the keyboard sometimes will push the contacts back together, if nothing install new video card on ebay
Installing a new hard drive has nothing to do with the power switch. It may have become dirty or worn, but I would recommend that you hold it in just a little while when turning it on. That should work. If, as you say, everything works once it's on, then your hard drive installation is not at fault. If the problem gets worse and the computer finally doesn't start at all, then perhaps you have a problem with the switch and you'll have to deal with that--many times this means a new motherboard (unfortunately).