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This usually indicates an overheating problem. Try cleaning out the fan with a can of compressed air, if that doesn't work you will need to bring it to a technician who can test the motherboard as the graphics processor may need to have solder reballing done.
Posted on Dec 29, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have more of a suspicion of the CPU fan than the hard drive, right now. If a hard drive goes bad, the system will wake up, go through it's POST (Power On Self Test), and then tell you there's an issue with the hard drive. If the CPU fan goes bad, the system turns on, sees an RPM of 0 on the fan, then turns back off. That hypothesis also fits in with the slowness you were seeing. If a CPU starts to overheat (because the fan isn't running well), it will start to throttle the clock speed down in an attempt to produce less heat.
Unfortunately, it sounds like your laptop may be in need of a professional repair facility.
Posted on Mar 07, 2008
The test Dell advises to narrow down this issue is to remove the battery, hard drive, ram, and optical drive. Next plug in the a/c power cord and you should get some LED's coming on. If not it points to the motherboard.
Posted on Aug 16, 2008
i've been bummed with this laptop.
same thing happens to me - except all my lights come on for a split second then only the power light stays on underneath the monitor - which is black - and nothing else shows any sign of being turned on.
the f, z, n, and some other key are broken.
well - they work, but only after several hard hits.
Posted on Nov 08, 2008
You can't get the modern batteries to come back to life. Time to get a new one.
A suggestion: When using a laptop battery, run it on battery and discharge it until it shows about 2 to 3% charge left at least once a month. Do not keep charging it without letting it run down periodically. Most important--do not run always plugged in to line current.
Posted on Sep 09, 2009
Testimonial: "Thanks, that is a good tip. After a full charge to battery, I did a full discharge, started in command prompt mode, to drain battery with DOS. Now OK"
Unseat and reseat the memory in the laptop one stick at a time in each slot one at a time. Turn on the laptop after each reseat of memory.
If that doesn't work then take out the hard drive and then the dvd drive.
Turn the laptop on again and if you still can't get video on the screen then the motherboard is defective and would need to be replaced.
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
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