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Operating system not found inspiron 1501

Lady friend let fan intake get plugged and computer shut off. cleaned computer and will turn on but says operating system cant be found.

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Check to make sure the hard drive hasn't come loose. If it hasn't then the hard drive will need to be replaced.

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Mar 05, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop

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This isnt for me a friend is having trouble with his lap computer shutting down why

Tell your friend,

A) The term 'Laptop' is really a misnomer.

If the laptop's air intake duct is on the bottom of the laptop, it should Not be set on a persons lap, a bed, couch, or directly on a carpet floor.

This blocks the air intake duct, and cause the laptop to overheat.

B) Any computer, desktop, or laptop, uses air to cool the hardware components inside the computer.

The fan that draws the air into the computer, also draws in 'foreign debris'.
Dust, dirt, hair, food crumbs, you name it.

Especially with a laptop, and even more specifically a laptop with it's air intake duct on the bottom.

(Some laptop designs have the air intake duct on the side of the laptop. They still draw in 'foreign debris')

The cooling system of a laptop is it's small fan, a finned Heatsink, and a Cooling Tube.

When these hardware components get clogged with the aforementioned foreign debris, the cooling capacity drops tremendously.

If the Processor overheats it turns off. (BIOS turns it off)
A Processor has a thermal limit. A certain operating temperature it can reach, and no more, or it turns off.

This is a Fail Safe feature to keep the Processor from burning up.

No Processor operating, No computer.

Laptop operating, have your friend quickly find where the air is drawn in.
This is the air intake duct.

ALL power removed from the laptop, AC adapter (Charger) and Battery, use a can of compressed air for computers, and clean the air intake duct.

Insert the provided plastic 'straw' into the nozzle of the can of air.
Break the plastic lock tab off of the top of the nozzle.

Laptop closed, on a table, and on edge.
Hold the laptop with one hand, and the can of air with the other hand.

Bring the straw close to the grille of the air intake duct, and use Short Bursts of air.
Squeeze the trigger in all the way, then let go quickly.

You do Not want to spin the fan inside too fast.
The fan is only designed to spin so fast.
Spinning the fan faster than it was designed for can lead to premature failure of the fan's bearings.

Once your friend is satisfied that the air intake duct is cleaned out, sit the laptop down with one side propped up on a book.

You are not supposed to tilt the can of air when using it. Doing so will let some of the propellant come out.

It is inevitable that the can will be tilted when trying to do a good job.
The laptop is propped up so the propellant can have time to dry out.
Around 5 minutes should be good.

Set the laptop down off of the book, plug the Battery back in, then the AC adapter.
Wait 1 minute, then turn the laptop on.

If this procedure leads to no avail, then it is time to take it to a professional computer repair shop.
The tech will open the laptop up, and physically remove 'foreign debris' that the can of air could not remove.

There are some laptops that have a real poor cooling system design.
For these types of laptops they need an additional cooling source.

Tell your friend they have to sit there with a fan, and wave it at the laptop.


Tell your friend that they may wish to try a Cooling Pad.

These are examples of a laptop Cooling Pad,

If the above search link doesn't work, here is one example of a Cooling Pad,

If your friend feels technically inclined, I may be able to find a free Service Manual online, that states how to disassemble the laptop.

This way your friend can do the heavy cleaning themselves, and save money.
I would need to know the laptop manufacturers name, and Model Number. Bottom of the laptop.


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How can I tell if the fan is bad or if it it not being truned on? Dell Inspiron 1501

On a laptop this can be a slightly annoying thing. The fans are normally set to run only when needed so will not be working all the time. If your laptop is warm/hot then you should be able to feel some air movement from the exhaust vent. That will tell you if the fan is working. Use it for a while and then start checking around the sides for any warm air coming out. The fan itself might be quiet but you can feel the warm air.

You can also turn the cooling setting to max cooling through the power panel. That should force the fan to run all the time.

If the fan is running but you can't feel any airflow then the cooling system/vents may be plugged with dust or lint and need to be cleaned. Most computer shops will offer a flat fee to clean this. Usually the service depot will as well. If this is the case you really don;t want to run the laptop until you get it cleaned. Without the airflow the cpu will overheat. At best it runs slow and at worst it burns out.

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Computer won't boot up it says system not found . Its a Inspiron 1501

"system not found" means that the computer cannot find the operating system on the hard disk. I would check the BIOS settings to determine if the hard disk is found by the BIOS.
When you try to boot the system, it should be telling you to press one of the function keys Fxx or the DEL key to enter setup. Do that, and let it try to find the parameters for your hard drive.
If you have noticed that the clock/date settings are getting messed up, it could be that your backup battery is in its last legs and needs replacement. It also provides power for some chip sets to 'remember' hard disk geometry - Cylinders/heads/tracks - which could have been 'forgotten' if the battery is dying.

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Oct 11, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 1501 Notebook

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I have a dell inspirion 1501 and it just shuts off.

There could be several possiblities for your shutdown issue. Run diags Fn+Power button, see if system power off running diags or in the BIOS. If the system remains running in both, shutdown issue is more than likely software. If it doesnshut off in diags.BIOS, try plowing out the cooling intake and exhaust vents with compressed air. Make sure system is on a hard flat surface where can circulate around the system and the fan is operational. If the fan doesn't work, it will need replacement.
If the system will run in the safe mode then software is likely for the issue and a good antivirus or anti-malware program my be of help

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Hi, Try cleaning the air outlet vents on your Laptop. you can try blowing a can of Air and also chk the power option on your computer control panel.

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