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Dell Inspiron 1200 no POST

I have a Dell Inspiron 1200 3 seconds into power on, the LEDs light up, then the laptop just powers off. It will not get to the Dell splash screen. I've removed the battery, memory, hard drive, & CD-ROM, and the symptoms don't change. I believe it has onboard memory, because this current stick of memory was added after purchase. BIOS is at the A07 level, which is still the most current. Thanks for help.

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There are two memory slots on this model, but there is no "Onboard" memory. Without the memory that you removed, your laptop will not post. It sounds like a dead motherboard issue to me, especially since you have pretty much torn it down to barebones. Rarely, this can also be caused by the processor but it is less likely. Unfortunately, since you cannot keep it running, there isn't much chance of diagnostics. I hope this helped.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008

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    doughboy6101 May 26, 2012

    i know this post is old, but you were wrong richard, there is on-board memory: 256mb. posted this so that anyone else that comes across this solution will do their own research.

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    doughboy6101 May 26, 2012

    i know this post is old, but you were wrong richard, there is on-board memory: 256mb. posted this so that anyone else that comes across this solution will do their own research.

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    doughboy6101 May 26, 2012

    i know this post is old, but you're wrong on this one richard, there IS 256MB of "Onboard" non-removeable memory on the Dell Inspiron 1200 motherboard. I added this comment so that others will not be led astray.

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