After about half an hour the screen turns of,. power light still on, battery light still on, wireless light still on. Pressing any keys on the keyboard does not bring the screen back on. press the power button and laptop turns off, press the power button again and it goes to the password screen, when the password is put in it returns to the same page when the screen first went blank.
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First advice would have been to remove battery, but since you did that, I'd say that your laptop is stuck in hybrid-sleep, or the old hibernate. Try pressing the power button for 10-15 seconds, the laptop should go off, then try presing the power button again, for normal boot.
It seems that your windows has gone bad. I think you need to reformat your laptop. I hope you save all your file in other partitions and not in windows partition. You can use the recovery disk provided by Compaq to reformat your laptop or you can get one from them or any store nearby. Hope this will help.
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it could be a ram issue. if you're proficient with your hardware and the lappie is out of warranty try removing the ram sticks then re-seating them. this resets the ram and allows the monitor to turn on
Ok, just because the battery is 95% charged doesn't mean that it has 95% of the charge it's supposed to have. When a battery ages it holds less and less of a charge so it can have just a tiny bit of power and show as 95%. You can check the health of the battery on this Dell by removing the battery, pressing and holding the status button. The more lights that light the worse the battery is. Dell recommends a new one if 5 or more light.
Also, check the battery charge by just pressing without holding. This time the MORE lights the better. It may be that powermeter is lying.
I'm having the same problem, but I don't want to have to turn off my computer EVERY time it does this. (I have not been able to shut down the laptop normally because it goes into sleep every time.) I've heard that after 3 hours it builds up an eletrical charge and you have to take the battery out, but I havn't had it on for 3 hours at a time.
Sounds like a classic case of hardware failure!!!!!!! possibly your motherboard, start by removing the battery, hard drive and optical drive. disconnect the laptop monitor and connect the laptop to an external monitor. remove the memory modules clean the brass contacts with a eraser and place back in the machine 1 at a time to check to see if they work, remember to plug in the AC power suppy, if you see the post screen then its a memory issue and you can then reconnect your laptop monitor to see if it lights up, if everything works but the monitor then its the inverter or backlight that has blown and is easily repairable saving you money on a brand new screen