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Dell Inspiron 600m - won't start

Wife's Inspiron 600m, used for email, websurfing, occasional word-processing, photo management. She's hopelessly attached. Burns through laptops every few years.

Symptoms - press Power button, power light comes of for a few seconds, disk light flickers, then lights go out. Repeat, same result. Hold Power button down, same result. Push hard, same.

Her solution - slap the machine around (pick it up with screen open and deliver firm open-handed slaps to bottom and/or rear/sides) and try again. Repeat several times, ultimately it starts. This offends me, but it works.

This machine commutes with her to work, and travels ~400 yards each way (through parking structure, along sidewalk, up/down curbs across two streets, through metal detector, up escalator down halls) in a rollaboard briefcase with small (~3") wheels.

My guess is that over the years the poor machine has been rattled to bits, and would benefit from a general disassembly, wiggling of all connectors/connections, and reassembly with tightening of all screws. I'm equal to the task, have tools and Dell manual and know-how (I build computers for fun, set up and maintain several home and office networks, and have a strong mechanical background), and am comfortable doing minor surgery as well as mucking about with software, partitions and networking.

Still, I'm open to ideas from others who may have experienced similar problems or have other thoughts.

Suggestions welcome.

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Here's a strange solution I've seen work a couple of times, not sure if this is what's happening with your laptop, but it might be worth a try:

Press down F7 and F8 keys (firmly) while pressing the power button.

It appears to be a motherboard issue, not uncommon with older 600M laptops. Other solutions have been to change out the board, processor and RAM, but you may want to buy a new laptop for what it would cost to repair one.

Hope that helps.

Posted on May 12, 2008

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I changed a memory module and then could not start up. I restored the original memory config, but no go. Then I reversed the two memory modules (they are identical) and was able to reboot! This 600m has strange problems like that!

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Deejman:
HOPING FOR A MIRACLE, I STUMBLED UPON YOUR TIP TO HOLD F7 & F8 + POWER BUTTON AND NEXT THING I KNOW MY 600M LAPTOP BOOTED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THANK YOU! 

YOU'RE THE BEST!

Posted on Mar 14, 2009

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Try removing and reseating the hard drive in the chassis. It may be losing contact from the jostling.

You might also remove the hinge cover assy and reseat the display cable to the video card too.

Posted on May 11, 2008

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