Your husband took memory out which i assume was 1 out of the 2 memory chips in that computer. Buy a new memory chip (RAM) to replace what you took out and found was bad. You can also try creating a floppy or CD from a program called MEMTEST 86+ (google it) and run it with one stick of ram in. This test runs infinite but if you get any red after 10 to 15 minutes then stop and place the other stick in and remove the one you just tested and repeat and anything that showed red lets you know its a bad stick of RAM. Though it sounds like you only have one bad stick (the one you removed)
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sounds like youv'e covered all the possibles i would. could be the boot files got corrupted or the monitor is bad(have you checked it with another pc?) check the motherboard for swollen capacitors(those barrell looking objects randomly scattered over board. if the tops that have little crosses on them (+) are popping up/out unlike others, then your board needs replacement or new pc. cannot fix those. happened to a friend of mine. would not boot up to show windows.
Sounds like a memory problem.
Try to remove the memory from your laptop.
If you have more than one dimm, take one out and see if it boots, then replavce the one you left in the laptop and see if it boots.
If your laptop boots with one dimm reinstall the memory and make sure they are snug.
Did you buy this from an individual? The computer is no speed demon at 1-GHz/733-MHz
Pentium III-M CPU, 256MB of SDRAM, 512KB L2 cache, however it should not take 18 minutes to boot.
If I were in your shoes I would reformat and reinstall the OS and start over, especially if you got this from an individual.
The boot time should greatly improve! I think it is loaded down with the bloat of **** the last person had on it.
If you do not want to reformat, here are some tips, and programs to run to increase performance.
go to start - run - type msconfig hit enter,
startup tab uncheck everything not needed at startup time. www.ccleaner.com - get it and run it on the laptop, clean it out. Make sure you run the registry cleaner too!
Make sure you run a good online virus scan! like trend micro house call.
That should speed it up a little if you cannot reformat it and start over.
Your laptop's memory is malfunctioning. To remove the memory, power down your laptop.
Turn it over and you should see a cover about the middle of the back. Open it and there you should see the memory. You may or may not have more than 1 memory Dimm. Also there are 2 slots. The bad memory is the one in the first slot. Take it out and put the other in it's place. the laptop should boot up ok, but slower because of the missing memory which you should replace.
If you get the same message, replace the memory with the one you took out, then reboot.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
The flashing caps lock is an indication of a failed POWER on Self-Test (POST)
Remove the HDD, Battery, AC adapter, RAM and Modem
Press and hold power button for 15 seconds
Connect AC, see if you get any beep codes. If you do, power off, disconnect power, insert RAM, connect AC and reboot. If system boots, power off and add hard drive. If it doesn't, replace the motherboard.
If the system boots with RAM, but fails to boot with HDD, replace HDD 1st.
This is what we call a "NO POST" problem. You need to contact Dell Tech Support for this to narrow down the issue to a part. This could be caused by any part that is not letting the computer to power on or boot up. Note: You may need to tear-down the computer for this issue whe call tech support.