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Poulan chainsaw got turned upside down running full open,quit and now won't fire off,even with shot of starting fluid.

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This being a two stroke the oiling is via fuel - oil mix, there are few reasons this may be happening.
fist remove the spark plug and check it. It may need replacement IF the center electrode is rounded or if it has heavy deposits on it. While it is out attach the plug wire and give the starter rope a pull to see if you have spark. No spark means more trouble shooting which I will not get into now.
If the plug is black or dark it has been getting too much fuel. The spark plug should look tan after some use in a properly working engine.
The air filter is also worth checking... No air or restricted air will cause a blackened or dirty spark plug.
Lastly it is possible the carburetor has particles in the fuel bowl. These can get into the very small fuel delivery passages (jets) and cause the problem you describe.
This means removing the carb, taking it apart to clean it. There are many you tube videos available that can help you with this last possibility. Since you tried starter fluid this seems unlikely.
Keep in mind these are very simple engines to troubleshoot but you may be better off taking it to a local small engine repair if you are not conversant with the tools and processes I put above.

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