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Dell Inspiron 1440 notebook cannot start.

Once i push the power button, its just showing the first Dell loading that have two choice at bottom right corner , f2 for setup and f12 for boot option who seems doesnt work and automatically turn off no matter if i seelect the two option or not... please help me

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    d4rk4ir Jan 07, 2013

    done... Long Generic - Pass .... its seems like my motherboard faulty



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I have seen these symptoms before when the hard disk drive has failed. It will hand on the POST screen (The part with the DELL logo) for slightly longer than usual due to fault with the drive, after that it will attempt to boot and error from the hard disk so quickly you see nothing but the laptop appear to cut out. Although the hard disk is the most likely thing to be at fault these issues could potentially be caused by any one of the parts within you laptop being broken.

If you are fairly tech savvy try downloading this utility "Seatools" burn it to a bootable CD. Put the bootable CD in you DELL laptop and boot off it, by pressing F12 and selecting to boot from CD/DVD drive. Then run a "Long test" once this test is complete the software will advise you whether the hard disk is faulty or not.

If you are not confident in trying this I would recommend taking the laptop to be diagnosed by your local computer repair business.

Posted on Jan 07, 2013

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  • d4rk4ir
    d4rk4ir Jan 07, 2013

    i already take out the hdd and trying to boot with my win7 bootable disc but still not working , is there any chance that it will be the motherboard problem

  • d4rk4ir
    d4rk4ir Jan 07, 2013

    already download it but still didnt know if its will work cause i even cant enter the f2 or f12 even if i press it many time

  • Norwich Repairs
    Norwich Repairs Jan 08, 2013

    You should only have to press F2 (to enter BIOS) or F12 ONCE if you press it at the right time. Wait for the DELL splash screen to appear and then press either one. Don't press it too many times as often on DELL systems and others this will be registered as keyboard fault and the system will ignore all subsequent key presses.

  • Norwich Repairs
    Norwich Repairs Jan 08, 2013

    It won't attempt to boot from your Win 7 DVD until you have managed to enter the BIOS or boot menu and request that the system boot from your ROM drive. So we need to overcome the problem of not being able to enter the BIOS (F2) or boot menu (F12) first. Follow the instructions in my previous post and see how you get on.

  • d4rk4ir
    d4rk4ir Jan 08, 2013

    still cant enter f2 or f12... it always turn off automatically....

  • Norwich Repairs
    Norwich Repairs Jan 08, 2013

    From what you have described you should be pressing F2 or F12 before it cuts out. On the DELL splash/loading screen as soon as it starts. If you are definitely pressing F2 or F12 before it cuts then I would look at other issues such as your RAM being faulty. A good way to check this (if you have 2 sticks in the laptop) is to remove one and check how the laptop performs. If, after removing one or the other the laptop functions correctly then you know it will have been the RAM at fault and the stick you have removed will need replacing. I would also check your keyboard isn't at fault buy connecting a USB keyboard. If the USB keyboard allows you to input F2 or F12 then you know there is a problem with the laptops fitted keyboard.

  • Norwich Repairs
    Norwich Repairs Jan 08, 2013

    If you cannot test your RAM this way because you only have one stick or don't feel confident in removing such components then I would recommend using a bootable memory checker such as MEMTESTx86. However, if you are struggling to get the laptop to boot from CD then you'll be a bit stuck. If that's the case I recommend taking the laptop to you local repair shop to be diagnosed by a professional.



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SOURCE: How do I boot this Dell Inspiron 1440 in Safe Mode?

F8 at boot
MSCONFIG, Boot.ini tab, check safeboot (You will need undo this to boot in normal mode)

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SOURCE: i turn on my computer

Hi. Try these simple steps: Restart your computer and press F8 when you see the Dell Screen. In the advanced Windows Option, choose Last Know-Good Configuration and press Enter. If nothing happens and you didn't boot to windows, you may need to reset the system back to factory image.

To do that, Do the first 2 steps if you're using Vista. If you're using Windows XP, on the Dell logo, Press Ctrl+F11 to boot from the recovery partition. Follow the instructions to recover system back to factory image.

Hope it helps!


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