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DELL Latitude CPi A Series

I got a DELL Latitude CPi A Series off ebay as unknown if works or not. I got the AC Adapter in today for it and awaiting the HDD Caddy. The laptop power lights come on but no fan and no display come on. After about 2sec. the power light switches over to the battery light. I think that it is shutting off. I don't think its the RAM. Because if it didn't have a hard drive or memory it still would power on showing the DELL logo on screen and then go to a black screen saying No operating system found. Other than that this looks brand new, no scratches or anything. Thanks...

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  • Patrick Bridge
    Patrick Bridge Mar 20, 2008

    I read information on google and it said to take a out a chip called EEPROM chip. I did this and the machine wouldn't power on at all. I put it back in and did the same as before. Can this be the problem? Thanks...

  • Patrick Bridge
    Patrick Bridge Mar 20, 2008

    The Chip is located next to where the memory is...

  • Patrick Bridge
    Patrick Bridge Mar 21, 2008

    I've tryed all of these and all it does is turns on for 7sec. with the green light on the top and then goes off. And the fan nor the screen come on. I took the entire thing apart to see if anything was not connected or broke and everything checks out ok. And then put back together. What does the EEPROM chip do. I took it out to see if that was it and it didn't turn on at all. So I put it back in and still turns on for the 7sec. Its next where the Memory is.

  • Patrick Bridge
    Patrick Bridge Mar 21, 2008

    And I also don't even see a CMOS battery in this machine anywhere...

  • Patrick Bridge
    Patrick Bridge Mar 22, 2008

    Do you think its because it don't have the Hard Drive caddy? I'm awaiting for the Hard drive caddy to come in So I can put in the hard drive. I have to have the caddy because the hard drive will not connect to the laptop with the adapter built on the caddy.

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Something to try would be to re-seat the ram and harddrive.


just take them out and then put them back in and try again. I would try with the battery out and just the ac power plugged in.


Being that it was bought off eBay, realistically it probably got banged around a little bit. Sometimes if one of the devices are not making a real good contact it can cause these problems. I have also seen bad batteries cause this problem.

This is not necessarily going to fix your problem, but it has occasionally worked for me in the past and it is a very quick and free thing to try.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008

  • Brian Gallant Mar 21, 2008

    it is starting to sound like the motherboard to me. sorry for the bad news.

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