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Won't post/boot Dell inspiron 1501 powers on, spins optical drive, fan starts then stops. No vid, sometimes hear hard drive spin. Powers off immediately upon pressing power button. When power cord inserted, sometimes lights 'charging' led, more often not. Sometimes light flashes on briefly every 5 seconds or so.

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  • pthomer May 13, 2009

    I guess I failed to mention - I've tried powering up in just about every configuration possible: hard drive removed, optical drive removed, memory sticks out(one at a time and both), etc. I don't know it laptops are supposed to have beep codes, but I'm not getting any of those either.

  • pthomer May 13, 2009

    I guess I failed to mention it, but I've tried booting in just about every configuration possible: hard drive out, optical drive out, memory out (one at a time and both together), etc. Also, I don't know if laptops are supposed to have beep codes or not, but I'm not getting any of them, either.

  • pthomer May 14, 2009

    Thanks, ihack, for the troubleshooting heads-up. I'd danced all around dell's website, and hadn't found that tool. I went through the process (I hadn't known about the fn-key power up), and the blink code I arrived at wasn't one they listed in their table. I had the caps and scroll lock keys flashing, with the num locks off. Go figure. . . Anyway, I s'pect it's the mobo, or possibly the processor, or both. I may have fried the processor by leaving it powered on for too long with this problem occuring and no fan for cooling. I don't suspect there's any more for me to do other than swapping out one or both of the same and see if that fixes it.

    To atulbamne, the OS is XP, but that's not an issue here, since the 'pute won't even post. Thanks anyway.

  • Atul Bamne
    Atul Bamne May 11, 2010

    Which OS?



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Check to see if you are getting any flashing num,scroll,or caps lock lights you can also if you want a definite answer go to (, select the system type and go through the troubleshooting steps.

**Oh by the way if you turn on your system and then it turns back off after less then 3 seconds, according to dell troubleshooting we would be looking at replacing the motherboard.

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Try removing one of the two memory SODIMMS under the cover on the bottom of the unit. It sounds like you could have a bad memory problem that is keeping the machine from completing the POST (power on self test). I'd try one stick at a time and see if that helps.
Good luck, please rate this solution if you feel it has helped!!

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