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Lights flash i have no idea of what happened, but on the face of the laptop, dell 9400, there is a button called ''media direct''. directly to the right, are 5 symbols. 2 of these symbols are an ''A'' inside of a lock, and a down arrow, also inside of what appears to be a lock. they both keep blinking when i attempt to turn on my dell 9400 laptop and the laptop wont work. in fact, after about 15 seconds the laptop dies.

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Does this happen when plugged in? Seems like you're not getting power. The other,more probable problem is an overheating situation. Make sure all the fans come on,there's 3 inside. It may need a fresh coating of thermal paste on the cpu or video gpu or both.You'll probably need to take it aprt to find the answer & that is way too much to type. Go to www.dell.com for a detailed exploded view of the laptop.

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