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Hang at startup (BIOS)

Does a weak battery (depleted-needs to be replaced) can cause this kind of problem? Can laptops run without batteries? (AC Adapter only). After pressing the power button at startup, normally the Dell logo appears for a second (quiet booting) with the message below Press F2 to Enter Setup then continues to booth to windows(XP). But now, it hangs at the Dell Logo screen.The green light charging indicator turns orange and the blinking stops. All keys are dead.The fan won't stop. The only way to turn it off is to unplug the AC adaptor since my battery is already weak. I tried without the battery but the same thing happens. Some keys like F8, Enter, Arrow up key, etc..., when keeping it pressed while turning the pc on, will make a beeping sound. Different kind of beeps for a different key. But if there's a beep, there will be no display on screen. Screen will remain black, fan will stop after a few seconds with the charging indicator normal. And also, days before it happened, sometimes the right direction key seemed to be pressed or stuck and sometimes the shift key. So I turned on the filter keys to ignore repeated keystrokes. I also tried plugging another keyboard through USB and PS/2 port (laptop's keyboard disconnected), tried without the hard disk. Didn't solve the problem. Is it the SDRAM PC100? Can I test this with SDRAM PC133?

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  • paintguy30 Mar 18, 2009

    same problem, when pushing power button it goes to the dell screen f2 button or any other button, no response, if I hold down the power button again it will shut off. booted fine 3 times prior but, did a windows update and was rebooting when it happened. 30 updates from xp service pack 2 to 3. but has to be a bios problem, i would love to know if there is a clear cmos jumper like a regular motherboard. does anyone know?



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Yes laptops can work without battery.
If the laptop is hanging on Dell logo and entering into BIOS then normally it is HDD issue but you have already checked without HDD so might be it is RAM or Board issue.
You can check with PC 133.
Please check your Laptop with minimal boot once (by removing all external hardwares like modem,tv tuner or graphics if any) and if you are geting the display one of the devices is causing the issue whch could be diagnosed by connecting one by one.

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