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Laptop suddenly won't start

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My Inspiron 6400 with Windows XP has suddenly stopped starting up. I'm getting power, the lights come on then it simply flashes the little A and little Down Arrow buttons at the top of the keyboard and does nothing until it just shuts itself off. Any thoughts.

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  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    Same here

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It could possibly be a bad motherboard. But before having the mobo replaced, I suggest you swap out parts from a working system to eliminate points of failure. if you don't have the parts, just remove the parts not needed for posting. this includes the hdd, optical drive, modem, bluetooth card, wireless card, and external devices. once you see the dell logo, install these devices one at a time and see what causes the problem. If you decided to have the mobo replaced, you can send your system to the depot for repairs. before this try pushing F12 when booting see if you can get onto the dell diagnostics.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008

  • Night Spark Dec 12, 2010

    I think there must be a problem with the Dell 6400.Mine has done this a few times over the last 2 years.Thankfully,after about a week,it usually comes good.Alas,it isn't coming good this time.Still,it has in the past,maybe it will again.
    I didn't know you could operate the pc with parts missing to pinpoint the cause of the failure.Thanks for posting and I will give your tip a try.

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