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Dell Inspiron 9300 only starts up when it's been off a while

Months ago I had a problem with my Inspiron 9300. It froze and shutdown. When I tried to turn it on again, the green power light came on, though shut off after 5 seconds. No sounds or attempt to start up.

I thought for sure that was the end of it, though several months later I tried again on a whim and the computer started up. It went to the BIOS where I had to set the date and time though, after that, it functioned as normal.

When I shut it off, I realized that I couldn't turn it back on again unless it was off for some time. It almost seemed like it had to be off for the same amount of time as it had been on. Otherwise, I was again getting the green power light for 5 seconds and then nothing.

I just replaced my Coin Cell (CMOS) battery, and am back to where I was before. The system won't turn on at all. For now, I can put the old battery back in and work within the constraints of before.

If anyone has any idea of what might be causing the computer to not start up unless the CMOS battery is completely discharged, it would be greatly appreciated.


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  • jeffp42 Feb 11, 2009

    Thanks, kewltellmemo!

    I put back my original CMOS battery last night and couldn't get the machine to start up until this morning.

    If I can find some solution to get around this lag between shut down and start up without having to replace the motherboard, that would be great. Otherwise, I may have to go that route.



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I have experienced simular issues with Dell laptops. I was told that my motherboard had a short circuit. My redemy wa to replace the motherboard.

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