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Dell Inspiron B130 will not turn on

Hi. My Laptop will not turn on at all. No fans, no lights... nothing. I've tried with the battery in, out, plugged in, not plugged in. I've tried holding down the power button for 30 seconds at the advise of a computer repair tech we met, nothing. It's as dead as I've ever seen a computer. The only time I get anything out of it is when it's plugged in with the battery out and I put the battery in - the battery light comes on for a second.

We have had it for a year and about 8 months and this is the first problem we've had. My husband and I had been on and off of it a few times, he had logged off and hibernated it (not just closed the scree, but hibernated then closed it). I went to turn it on a few hours later (it was plugged into the wall) and it would not turn on. I looked down at the power supply and the light that is usually a steady green was flashing green. It might have been my paranoid imagination, but I thought I smelled something like overheated electronics.

I'm not confident enough to try taking it apart or "opening it up". Basically, if it requires a screwdriver, I don't think I'd like to try that! Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have 2 months worth of photos of my kids on here and those are not replacable.

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Re: Dell Inspiron B130 will not turn on

I had the same problem with my Dell Inspiron 1300 (same as B130), I did the troubleshooting myself, called Dell, and they were aware that there was a problem with some of these machines. -The problem was not caused by any Voltage Issues because I was plugged into a UPS.
Turns out that the problem was covered under the 2yrs Parts and Labor Warranty offered by Dell, and, they Dispatched a Technician to my house the next day to replace the Mainboard(Motherboard), he did the work in my house and I was up running within an hour after he arrived.
I wanted to add this Solution/Comment because many people are not aware of the warranty that they have on their equipment, and maybe this will help somebody who may think they have to buy another Laptop or just afraid they will lose their personal Data, and this is not the case(For me anyway).

Good Luck!!!!

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Re: Dell Inspiron B130 will not turn on

My plug for the AC adaptor only works when I press it in. I am pretty sure it is the power jack on the PC. I don't know how to take it apart to that level to see if it can just be re soldered or not. I really would like to fix this myself so if anyone has any links to fixing the power jack on a Dell Inspiron B130 let me know.

Posted on Jan 12, 2008

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I had the same exact problem and it turned out that the AC adapter was not working and I had a dead battery. Got a new AC adapter and it was all good.

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Re: Dell Inspiron B130 will not turn on

Hi there!

the ac adapter light is blinking whe plugged in? it could be two things. first, maybe the ac adapter or power supply is bad. Try to borrow from another system or from a friend. if the known-good apower supply still doesn't work, it could be the motherboard. If your computer is still under warranty, call Dell Tech Support and have the parts replaced. For sure, if it's not the power supply, its the motherboard. The cheapest t/s you ca try first is to borrow a working power supply to test it out then you will have a conclusion after trying it out.

Hope this helps!


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Take the battery off completely and drain the flea power from the laptop by holding down the power button while the battery is off. Hold down the power button for about 15-20 seconds to ensure no power remains on the laptop. Check if your battery has a drain button too. Drain the battery and place it back on the laptop.
Charge it for about 30 minutes before you turn it on. See if it works.
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The battery is critically low, indicating that it is not getting a charge from the AC adapter. If the system will not power on from the AC adapter, then the motherboard power connection is suspect.

Motherboards are about $100 on EBay

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