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unplug the power supply from the wall, hold the power button down for about 10 seconds to discharge the powersupply and motherboard. plug the power supply back into the wall and try to start the computer again..
Post here again if that doesn't help..Regards..
Try the battery from the other Dell system. If it charges fine, then its a problem with the battery, go for a replacement. Else, try updating the BIOS once from http://ftp.us.dell.com/bios/1525_A17.EXE. If it still doesn't charge the battery, then you may have to go for a motherboard replacement. If the system is under warranty then call Dell Tech Support @ 1-800-624-9896.
I would think the batteries need replacing. That happened to my Dell Latitude CPI. The batteries won't charge past about 3%, so I got new ones and that did the trick. If this is under a year old I would contact Dell about it, if it is under a year old they should replace the batteries.
When I first started repairing things a mentor said always unplug anything you are working on. I found this to be a number one rule. You just don't know what still has power even though it says it's off. I've made this mistake too by not checking.
Hopefully the power supply is just shutting down due to a drain on it's voltage and will be okay. Take out whatever you tried to install. Try it again. Take out anything not necessary to boot your computer. You'll need the video card if not integrated. If you have a bootable floppy, Unplug the hard drive. See if you get to a screen where you can go into the bios setup mode. You also might want to write down where things go back. This is especially if doing this with little sleep. Let me know..'ask me.'
I have a Dell Inspiron 5100. I've had it for about three years. One day it did the same thing, no power, no fan, nothing. I replaced the power supply with a 350 watt unit from Office Max. I spent about $40 and I'm using my Dell to send you this response.