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Sporadic Booting Hi I have a problem switching on my Inspiron 4000. I have to push the power switch repeatedly and with a certain interval after the last attempt (a matter of seconds) before I can persuade the laptop to spring into life. In short, there seems to be a "knack", which can be very frustrating. I'm running Windows XP but the machine only has 256MB RAM. Grateful for any suggestions. Cheers John

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  • elevatordrop Jan 19, 2009

    Thanks Dageezer, all the lights (3 by the power switch, 3 on the right) come on briefly (which would tend to suggest that the switch is doing its job) , but there is no "whirring" or booting/ disc spinning noises. The battery has no more juice but I'm plugged in directly. Removing the battery altogether has the same effect... Could it be a RAM connection problem?


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Depending on whether the issue is powering on, or booting to the OS, will determine the failure in the system. If the system powers on but will not boot to the hard drive, then the answer may be the HDD is slow to spin up to operating speed. If this is the case, then multiple attempts to start the computer will spin up the drive but it will not stop spining before the next attempt. After several tries, the HDD gets to operating speed fast enough and boots.

If the system is not powering on at all, then I suspect a problem in the switch itself/motherboard.

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