Question about Dell Latitude D600 Notebook
I have a dell laptop. it won't boot up at all. if you push power button, the caps lock light blinks a few times and then it shuts off. i had it checked out and he said the hard drive looked ok and mentioned something about the fan and or the processor. any suggestions. sometimes i can get it to boot up but it freezes up after a few minutes. please help!!!
Try this. Press down hard on the f7 and f8 keys while trying to turn it on. Some if it does turn on then odds are that the solder joints on the bios chip (which is below the f7/f8 keys) are bad. You can try to touch it up yourself, but it is not an easy job.
As far as I can tell the d600/600m have this issue a lot.
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
Instead of just reseating your memory, take out the two RAM modules (very easy to do) and clean the contacts with an eraser. Re-insert and you're off to the races...just like new. What has happened is that the metals involved build up a fine coating, like corrosion. Reseating them will provide a temporary fix as you manipulate them into position but the eraser trick will likely last longer.
Posted on Aug 10, 2008
Problem: D600 Blinking Caps Lock. Solution: Do not lock down the memory modules.
In "some" D600s the plastic surrounding the bottom pins of the memory socket extends higher than it should. When locking the memory into place this causes the memory to rise away from the pins.
The chassis' memory cover plate needs to have that black insulation on the inside. Place the memory firmly in the socket(s) but do not lock them in. Apply the plate and screw it in tight. The plate will hold the memory tight enough.
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Posted on Apr 23, 2009
The Caps light blinking is usually a memmory error. Reseat your memmory.
Posted on Jul 30, 2008
Yeah ...sad to say this is a common occurance in our household and after much hair pulling and frustration i've managed to solve the problem and use the non -start dell d600 laptop with the same problem to type this message after finding out what was wrong ....dell d600's hold 2 strips of memory underneath with an access hatch held by one screw to the motherboard. Unsecure the hatch and look at the 2 memory strips or chips...these little buggers are the source of the problem and need to be clipped in ' just right ' to register with the operating system and then allow the laptop to start up. i have 2 of these laptops ..one for me and one for my kids so they dont mess mine up!!...my kids one would'nt switch on... so right... while grounding myself ( touching a metal object like a radiator with one hand while handling the laptop computer ) i took out the memory chips then placed them back in... hearing a reassurung click as they went into position AND THEN PRESSING THEM DOWN FOR A SECOND CLICK AS RETAINING CLIPS AT EACH SIDE HELD THEM IN CORRECT POSITION TO CONNECT WITH THE MOTHER BOARD ) ...now this is the frustrating part ...you may have to try this more than once with either or both your chips and be careful not to give them static because that damages them perminently...use an anti-static device on your wrist or touch a metal object like i did...i am 100% sure that the dell d600 non-starts are due to this and as i say ...this message has been sent using a non start dell d600 cured by my fiddling with the memory !! once your lappy starts up go to control panel and get ' system' up that should show you how much ram is available ...curently this lappy has 2 256mb chips so ...its showing 512mb as the ' random access memory ' ...ohh and just to be sure let the machine switch itself off using the 'turn off computer ' switch on the scrren and NOT the start up button on the keyboard as i believe that may be one cause of non -start up ( not saving the last configuration of the systems the computer likes ?? ) ...thanks for reading and understanding ...
Posted on Mar 29, 2009
You can run a PSA diagnostics on your computer , to invoke this test you need to hold the Fn key down , and then push the Power button , it will run the diagnostics test on complete Hardware and will give you related error messages about the failure component. You can also run the Extended test on your computer, it takes 4 hours to complete and then it gives out the error msgs , do let me know the error msgs once it completes the test.
Posted on Apr 21, 2008
I have Dell Lattitude D600 and pushing down did not work for me. I removed the memory card from Slot A and it worked fine but I needed the memory I removed. Someone suggested folded paper towel on top of each memory card --- just enough to add downward pressure when you put the cover back on. This worked for me!
Posted on May 19, 2009
I would get the same problem all the time, but all three of the LEDs were flashing (quickly) with the power light on. Checked out Hard drive, memory and wifi cards, but all were OK.
Then after reading this (and having a non working 600m for the past two days) I pressed down HARD on the the F6 and F7 keys, and it started right up.
This is so not funny! I am taking the motherboard out later and will see how the solder joints are. Thank you so much Steven, you are simply the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on Aug 14, 2009
Okay i have similar problem, all you have to do is remove the HD bay, turn on your laptop it will turn on but won't detect the HD, shut it down and re-insert the HD back should work perfectly fine.
I tried other method first but didn't work, like hold down Fn key while pressing the power, hold down F7+F8 while pressing power and "Prnt Scrn/SysRg" while pressing power
I hope this will help some of you. Please rate this solution. Thanks
Posted on Sep 18, 2009
As a general rule laptop memory is hard to seat correctly. You have to position it at about a 30 degree angle to the board push it into the sockey relatively firmly. Then when its as far as it will go you need to then push it into the motherboard till both the retention clips click home.
I Removed an reseated the RAM on a laptop with the 10 flashes caps lock issue. I also removed and reseated the hard drive and the CD-Rom Drive. All CAN CAUSE ISSUES so remove and reseat as much as you can see.
Be Careful and make sure you ground yourself. The only special abilities anyone should need are patience a steady hand, common sense and a bit more patience. Thumping them near the hard drive will just break your hard drive do not follow any advice that says to thump your equipment. You might aswel thump your own equipment(between your legs) for all the good it will do.
Posted on Jan 22, 2010
I was having this same problem and I tried all of the above solutions and nothing worked. Finally I removed the hard drive and turned the computer on (the same flashing caps lock problem happened again). Then after it shut itself down I put the hard drive back in, starting the computer and it worked perfectly fine. I have no idea why this worked but it did.
Posted on Jul 10, 2009
OK, so I had to do surgery to change the charging port on my laptop because its a hand-me-down from my sister. So after everything was all and put back together the Caps lock symbol would flash 10 times. Turns out the memory chips where not put in all the way and it started up!
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
My dell inspiron 5100 wasn't booting up and this page got me headed in the right direction, but I think I've found the trick that works every time, at least for my laptop. simply push on the memory module applying upwards pressure into the machine and press the power key. it should boot up and you no longer need to apply any pressure to the memory module.
Posted on Apr 12, 2010
F7 & F8 trick worked for me - thanks guys!
Posted on May 08, 2010
My D600 had the same problem with not booting and only the caps light blinding. I removed the motherboard and sprayed it all over with contact cleaner. Waited for it to dry, put it back together again and now it works,
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
Check your power cord, the one the goes from the adapter to the laptop, specifically the plug the goes in the laptop, this particular has a form of L or a 90 degree angle shape, there is a conection there too, make sure is making good contact, Here's A Pic.
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
Okay, I'm going insane here cuz I don't know where to squeeze the computer, and where I squeeze it, it doesn't work. And I have NO CLUE where the RAM is. The Diagnostics thing hasn't worked. I've tried like... 5 times. Help please xD
Posted on Aug 26, 2008
Holding down F7 and F8 seems to work. I would like to find a more permanent solution. Stevenback1 could you explain a bit more about repairing the solder joints on the bios chip.. is this an expensive job and is it a permanent solution? thanks in advance
Posted on Nov 21, 2009
I was able to get my Dell D505 to power up by firmly squeezing the case at the docking port. I'm in the BIOS right now!
Posted on Mar 16, 2009
Thanks!! Tried each of the solutions mentioned but ultimately it was the RAM. I don't have the extra behind the door and had to go under the keyboard (I had to remove in order to bake the motherboard and apparently did not get it seated just right). After several tries I finally got it - someone mmentioned about getting just the right angle and then clicking into place. It did feel subtly different the time that finally worked. Took about five tries. Good luck everyone! (BTW, this is the second D630 I've baked to fix the graphics card in one month - we own two of these and they both failed at almost the same time. Both times the baking worked!!)
Posted on Nov 25, 2012
Most of the cases presented this failure is due to any of the SIMMS is making poor contact in the connector or one of the two modules is damaged. First remove the two SIMMS and clean the contacts on both sides with the eraser of a pencil, then remove the residues of the eraser with isopropyl alcohol. Try one by one and then places both SIMMS, so you can identify if damaged or just was a false contact. Excuse my English, I learned at Google.
Posted on Jun 28, 2012
Dell latitude l 400 it come on but wont boot up
Posted on Feb 10, 2011
I have a dell lattitude screen flashes blue than off the caps lock and the battery and hardrive lights stay solid for 8 seconds i reaseated the ram and hit f11 hard and it started but still no screen i hokked it up to a monitor no screnn i took out the hardrive
Posted on Aug 17, 2010
Remove ur ram and re insert it properly. if still it happens then check ur ram
Posted on Feb 24, 2010
Mine didn't startup and gave me this blinking caps lock light. I removed one of the two RAM chips and everything worked fine. Then i shutdown my D505, inserted the missing RAM and everything works fine now :)
Thank you guys
Posted on Feb 22, 2010
Just an FYI- mine wouldn't turn on either and I tried resetting with the cord unplugged and battery out-holding the power for 30 sec and a bunch of other stuff. The F6/F7 thing finally worked. Holy Sh!t Dude I am SOOO happy!! Ya'll are the best. THANKS- now to figure out how to get it fixed from here.
Posted on Feb 17, 2010
I had the same problem with my Dell D600, my caps lock light and Scroll lock light would stay on for a couple of seconds then the laptop would turn off, turns out I inserted the RAM in incorrectly. After I changed this it worked perfectly
Posted on Nov 28, 2009
Dell D600 froze while on the internet and then wouldn't power back up again. Seemed to power up for few seconds and CAPS LOCK light flashed few times. Checked out this website, and like many others, removed the memory cover and found that one of the chips just needed pushing further into place. So far, so good
Posted on Jun 08, 2009
Same problem with tha caps lock stuff blinking 10 times and then nothing.
Took out the DIMM Ram, plugged them back in and... MIRACLE, sthe D600 starts again like nothing ever happened... Until... It froze totally in the middle of the XP startup, and then back to the "no go" again.
Did the whole thing again, same thing. (seems to stop at the same spot during XP startup).
So seems to be definitely a RAM problem...
Any better hint to go?
Anybody else did get this "working again and back in trouble" false hope?
Cheers to the communauty here.
Posted on Jan 17, 2010
Try holding the computer upside down once the clicking noises start also you can punch it on the lower left and it will kick the HDD into action
Posted on Sep 21, 2008
Its a lossing foult.
check ur bettary and rub the garbage on it than check . if not go to support dell com and get mannual and user guaide than re assamble it it will deffinatly works .... be carfull ot the time of re assambling
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: dell latitude d600-vga
The flickering may not be caused by a corrupt driver, it could be the impending failure of the fluorescent back light of the display or its high voltage supply.
Trying driver replacement though is the first thing to try.
If the original driver is corrupt, you can try the following;
- Right-click on My Computer
- Left-click on Properties
- Click on Hardware tab
- Click on Device Manager
- Locate and open Display Adaptors
- Locate the video listing for your
- Highlight and delete this
- Reboot the computer
If Windows does what it should (no guarantee on this!), it will 'find' a 'new device' and install the driver for it.
Posted on Aug 23, 2008
Based on what the guy said, it could be a heat issue. The internal fans of your laptop may have shorted, meaning they aren't working. You should have them checked out for any loose connections or burnt out parts. Have any reconnected and replaced as needed. Opening it yourself with no prior experience to such a task can worsen the problem.
Posted on Aug 06, 2008
SOURCE: Dell Latitude D600
It is the Hard drive on the system. Hard Drive is failing. Another Error code for the Hard Drive is Error Code 7. Check BIOS setup if the system still detects the Hard Drive as well. You may want to consider changing the Hard Drive on the system.
Posted on Nov 10, 2008
SOURCE: software for Dell Latitude d600
For the Dell Latitude D600, you can visit Dell's Support website using this link: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen. On the site, you can get all the downloads pertaining to your laptop, based on model [D600], or by your unit's Asset Tag, which is a white sticker usually located on the bottom of your laptop.
There are several categories listed for downloads, such as audio, video, networking, etc. Just choose the items you need, or you can download them all, and save to a CDR for future use.
Hope this helps; Good Day to all!
Posted on Dec 18, 2008
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