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Dell Inspiron E1505 will not power up - Battery or A/C Power

I was handed a Dell Inspiron E1505 yesterday with the offer of if I can get it working, it's mine.

With the computer plugged in and the battery installed, I press the power button, the power indicator (next to the hard drive indicator and battery indicator) will flash green for about 1/2 a second, and that's it. No fans will spin up, no optical drives will do anything, nothing.

I took the battery out of the computer and ran straight A/C power, same symptom.

I let the battery charge overnight, and the battery indicator was green while the computer was charging.

One suggestion was to get a new battery, since Dell's won't even power up with a dead battery. However this does not make sense, because if the battery is removed, shouldn't the computer at least start?

I reseated the two RAM modules, and pulled out and pushed back in the hard drive.

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  • scott734 May 08, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestions!! I just pulled the computer apart, and took a good look at the motherboard. I detected no burned resistors, or anything that was not connected. Reassembled everything and when I tried to turn it on, nothing. Going to price a new motherboard, since I now have experience in taking it apart!

  • Randall  Trahan
    Randall Trahan May 11, 2010

    Yes, it won't start if the motherboard is fried...the ac hookup is straight power to you notebook so buying a new battery does not make any sense at this point sense it doesn't work on AC power it won't work on a new battery either. You probably would be doing good taking it to a repair shop and letting them run diagniostics on it, they can tell you if the motherboard is no good..which in that case it'll make a good book end that's about it..

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If you're not ready to take it to a repair shop, there are a few things you can look for yourself. If the power blinks for a quick second before cutting out, which means you most likely have a short. This could be as simple as a faulty power cord, so try moving the cord where it takes the most movement, to see if you can get prolonged power by holding the cord in certain ways (temporarily making the worn wire inside make contact)
If that does nothing, take a look at the mainboard itself. Look for any darkened or discoloured areas, or melted/damaged resistors etc.

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If the PC shot off cause of an overheated CPU, the protection mechanism won't let you turn it on for a certain period of time. However that time is usually from a couple min to maybe an hour. Try clearing the CMOS, either by removing the BIOS battery or through the board's jumper, if it has one.

Also a dead, or "stuck" CPU fan could prevent it from turning on. Odd, but still a possibility with dell's bizarre configurations.

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