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My daughter in law's Dell Inspiron 1521 won't power up. I've tried pulling the battery and power. Holding down the power key for 10 seconds and then plugging in the power. It doesn't help. I also tried blowing out any dust, still no help. What it does is the power led lights up for abojut 3 or 4 seconds then it goes out. I here a click, which I think is the drive shutting down. The power adapter has a green light and is putting out almost 20 Volts. A big question I have is that after the power light goes out the batter status led lights and then shuts down. Shouldn't the Inspiron battery status led stay lit? It is still connected to the power supply.

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  • clflyer Jun 03, 2010

    Expert #1 says it is the motherboard. I'm wondering why the battery status led doesn't stay lit. Could it be as simple as the power adapter isn't getting to the computer?
    Bill

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Hi,
Would you please try this:

-Take out the battery,
-Disconnect power (main supply),
-Hold the power button down for 30 seconds (to clear RAM,
-Reconnect power, do not put battery in
-Turn laptop on.

(If it works then put the battery in.)

Hope this helps.

Waiting your comments.

NOTE: The power and charge lights flashing are a BIOS function. Windows will detect the battery discharging, but the battery will be absent on recharge (power light will stop flashing, but charge light will remain flashing).

Posted on Jun 03, 2010

  • clflyer Jun 04, 2010

    I tried that, no success.
    Power led lights up for 4 seconds then goes off, battery led goes on and then goes off right away. No leds are lit, even though it is plugged in.
    Bill


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    Ibrahim OKTAY Jun 04, 2010

    Hi Bill,



    Sometimes one of the two memory slots or memory card goes bad. You may try removing one MEM stick, if that doesn't work, put it back in and remove the second stick.



    Waiting your comments.

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Hi,

Most probably the problem is your motherboard,which you need to replace.If your laptop is under warrenty,kindly contact the company for this serious issue.

let us know if you want somethin more else please accept the suggestion.

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Posted on Jun 03, 2010

  • clflyer Jun 03, 2010

    Should the battery statuslight go out? All other laptops I've had or used that led stays on when plugged in.
    This laptop is not on warrenty.

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