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Dell inspiron 1501 caps-lock and scroll-lock flashing

When I switch my dell inspiron 1501 the fan spins up and then nothing. I tried an in depth POST check and got caps-lock and scroll-lock flashing rapidly. I've tried it with new memory, cpu and hard drive with no success.

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Hi
You probably have a mother board issue. Most likely the video chip. Take this to a reputable repair person or check my website www.micromendllc.com.

Posted on May 13, 2010

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    Hi
    You probably have a mother board issue. Most likely the video chip. Take this to a reputable repair person or check my website www.micromendllc.com.

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