My Dell 600 won't turn on sometimes. You press the start button, one light flickers, it makes a clicking sound and turns off. Sometimes after 3 or 4 attempts all the lights come on and it boots up. Any ideas? Bad hard drive, power unit or what?
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Re: Dell D600 Wont turn on sometimes.
I doubt it is your harddrive even if you didnt have a hdd connected it should still boot when you press the power button...
it sounds like you have a short circuit on the motherboard... its a common issue wit the dell latitude models. replace it and 9 time out of 10 itll take care of the boot issue
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Yes this can be a opverheating problem that's why sometimes it boots up, if the processor is not working fine because of overheating you check first the cooling system of your computer liek the fan if they are working fine because if the fan is not working the way it should be working oeverheating may occur and will result to this problem...
I think you are correct. I think id be looking at the connection the back of the ignition switch for starters ... but dont neglect any connection. Make sure battery connection is secure (though it probably is as you say you get a click when you press the starter.) I would normally expect the battery side of the start solenoid to be the place where your fuse panel gets its power ... look around and check all connections.
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Unplug the ac adapter from the back of the computer. Make sure it's plugged to an electric outlet. check if the ac adapter light is solid green. if not. then you have to replace it.
If it is solid green, reconnect it to the computer, if the light on the adapter goes out as soon as you plug it in to the system, you need to replace the motherboard. call dell to seek your options for replacement.
Remove the bezel avove the keyboard with a small flat head screwdriver. Press the power button with your finger and see if it powers up. If it does, just replace the bezel. If not, then you could have a bad system board.
Does the battery show a charge when you press the button located on it? Does the power adapter show a green light when it's plugged into an A/C outlet?