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Dell Latitude C510/610 wont turn on

My laptop won't turn on. This is with a fully charged battery and/or the power adaptor. When I press the power button all of the lights (3) come on as do the lights on the right hand side (3 if I'm using the power adaptor) but they only remain on for about 3 seconds. The hard drive doesn't seem to be booting up nor does the fan turn on.


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  • Uplate Mar 07, 2008

    I've tried reseating the memory...not sure where the hard drive is...but I have removed the battery and unplugged the power cord for 15 minutes. None of that has worked.

  • Uplate Mar 07, 2008

    Just tried powering the computer with the power cord and no battery...devil...nothing there...

    It was having problems with running really slow...well...much slower than it normally runs.

    I may be mistaking the fan for the hard drive sound that I hear normally when it boots up.

  • Uplate Mar 07, 2008

    thank you for your help zzedly....

    Now I'm looking for a way around that damn fan...

  • Uplate Mar 07, 2008

    OK...this may sound crazy...but I took the laptop out to the garage and blew on the fan with an air compressor...and the laptop booted up...but once it was on for a while it shut itself off.(The fan never kicked on) fan? And is it that difficult to repair myself? (I'm quite mechanicly inclined and not afraid to break what in my mind is already broken) BUT I'd also like to be able to say I fixed the %^&$#&* any instructions on how to replace the fan would be much appreciated...


  • Uplate Mar 07, 2008


    Thank you so much for your fast, friendly and accurate help!!!!

    A credit to the site!!!!

    Would you mind if I added you...just incase I set something on fire or cause World War 3 with this fan replacement?

    Thanks again for your excellent advice!!!!

  • Uplate Mar 08, 2008

    Had to let you know....I GOT THE FAN OUT!!! Have a new one on order....'s to hoping I can put this thing back together....

    I'm guessing thats harder than ripping it apart...

  • Uplate Mar 10, 2008

    ohh I'm worried about the putting all the parts together and making them actually fit....and WORK!! Have the fan on order, so once it arrives I'll attempt the "repair"...I'll be looking here for guidance and praying to the laptop *** for good measure...

  • Uplate Mar 14, 2008 again....replaced the fan...and...nothing...still won't turn on

  • Uplate Mar 27, 2008

    ok...replaced the heatsink and the computer fan...still having the same 3 seconds before it all shuts off...

    what else can it be?

  • Uplate Mar 27, 2008

    Yes the fan (cooling not the heatsink) is connected to the motherboard. Double checked that it was connected correctly just in case.

    The screen does not wake up at all in those brief 3 seconds.

    Unfortunately I don't have anyone with a hard drive I can swap with.

    The system does the exact same thing with the power cord and no battery, three seconds and then off.

  • drewster Apr 12, 2008

    Unbelievable, spent numerous hours trying a bunch of fancy highly recommended fixes gleaned from various techy sights in order to breath new life into my company laptop. Being an engineer at a major NW airframe manufacturer, I was in dire need of a fix to keep me from having to go into the plant on the weekend. None of the fancy fixes worked. Then I happened across Zzedly and the nutbag with the compressor in his garage... well the idea intrigued me. Not being paid enough to own a snazzy air compressor, I proceeded to administer pulmonary resuscitation to the laptop... that is to say I gave the fan a ********. It responded favorably and at this moment it is humming along contentedly in that post-orgasmic bliss. All I can say is that Zzedly and the rest of you IT Geeks Totally Rock! p.s. don't tell my company that I gave my computer a *******... it could be grounds for dismissal : )

  • BiGGiE-D-LeB Apr 19, 2009

    well i took it to the guy that fixes comps and hacks stuff so yeah and he said that these comps are too old. i was like wtf man it was better than before now it freezes every second i hate that guy. the little kid drew on the back of my laptop lol im glad it was in pencil or i wouldnt of went there and killed him :P

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    Tygh Duval May 11, 2010

    • Have you tried powering the computer with only the power cord plugged in (battery is not installed)?

    • Did anything strange/different happen around the same time this issue began?

    • When the computer did work, and you turned it on, was it normal for you to hear the fan start? It's possible that if the CPU fan is shot, the system knows this and will not allow the system to boot (for fear of things overheating).



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I have more of a suspicion of the CPU fan than the hard drive, right now. If a hard drive goes bad, the system will wake up, go through it's POST (Power On Self Test), and then tell you there's an issue with the hard drive. If the CPU fan goes bad, the system turns on, sees an RPM of 0 on the fan, then turns back off. That hypothesis also fits in with the slowness you were seeing. If a CPU starts to overheat (because the fan isn't running well), it will start to throttle the clock speed down in an attempt to produce less heat.
Unfortunately, it sounds like your laptop may be in need of a professional repair facility.

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    Tygh Duval Mar 07, 2008

    I take no responsibility for any harm you might do to your computer during this repair. But if you want to go for it, let's rock!

    Here are the instructions on how to remove the fan.

    Here is a link to a place that sells replacement parts (including fans). Click the dropdown menu and select "Laptop Fans, Heatsink" and in the other dropdown select your model of laptop. I would highly recommend having the old fan in your hand when purchasing the replacement, as you'll be able to match the exact p/n of the fan.

    You might also try looking on eBay for the replacement, as many times they are much cheaper.

    Good luck!

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    Glad I could help! You can add me, if you'd like.

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    Tygh Duval Mar 10, 2008

    Assuming the replacement fan is exactly the same as the failed one, the swap should be easy.

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    Tygh Duval Mar 27, 2008

    So here's my logic. Normally, the laptop is turning on for about 3 seconds, then back off. When you hit it with the compressed air through the exhaust port, it booted up and worked normally for a little while, then shut off. So in my mind, the air is either:

    • Spinning the fan to make the system happy.

    • Cooling something to make the system happy.
    With the replacement fan, one would expect it should spin on it's own now. I trust you, but I have to ask this anyway, you did connect the tiny little connector from the new fan to the motherboard, yes?

    I just have a hard time believing the issue is related to the hard drive or some other device. If that were the case, the system should at least show something on screen and run for more than 3 seconds.

    A few more questions:

    1. Does the screen wake up at all in the 3 seconds it's on?

    2. Do you know anyone with another laptop that you could swap hard drives with, just to confirm (for sure) that it's not the problem?

    3. You said the system will not work with only the power cord (no battery). In this case, does it still start for 3 seconds or does it do absolutely nothing at all?


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I had the same problem on mine and eventually figured out the power board was bad. Replaced the powerboard and it works fine now. have to remover the screen mounts, keyboard and the cover plate to get it out

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