Question about Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

1 Answer

Hi, I have a Dell Vostro 1500 around 2 and half years old. It has stopped booting. When i press the power button, the power indicator, Hard Disk access indicator, and other blue indicators momentarily come up, and then the LEDs switch off. Only the power indicator remains on. There is nothing on the screen, so, the BIOS is also not up for sure. Also, when i press the power button again, it switches off immediately, with a faint noise of a motor kind of thing going down. Not sure, if it helps :-). Can it be a VGA issue or BIOS chip issue ? Please suggest,

Posted by on

  • amit_chakrab Oct 21, 2010

    sorry for the delayed response. The screen shows nothing..Black as it is when switched off...The problem is the BIOS is also not kicking off, and nothing cisible on the clicking F2 does not help.

  • Doctor PC
    Doctor PC Feb 04, 2013

    change or test the RAM sticks



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Dell Master
  • 7,733 Answers

Try to go to the BIOS.If you can go there then restart and press F8 while boot and choose "last known good configuration..."

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

  • 2 more comments 
  • amit_chakrab Oct 12, 2010

    Could not get you how to go to BIOS ? Since nothing is visible on screen, i am not sure if the BIOS chip is working even or not. Can you elaborate a bit on how to go to BIOS please.

  • Doctor PC
    Doctor PC Oct 12, 2010

    Press F2 on start up then you will be able to look at the BIOS, BUT you said you don't see nothing on the screen. If is a BLUE or BLACK screen?

  • rabbani010
    rabbani010 Feb 04, 2013

    black screeen

  • rabbani010
    rabbani010 Feb 04, 2013

    Mr. Miguel I'm facing the same prob. Can you please help me.



1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Vostro 1500 screen blank except for flashing cursor

The good news is that your laptop powers on and you have a display. The bad news is that you laptop is trying to boot up from an OS (operating system software) like XP, Vista, or Win 7. Ether your software is corrupted or you have a problem with the hard drive or hard drive controller.
Press and hold the <Fn> key while powering the system on. This will run the Dell Diagnostics. Another more intense diagnostic program is located on a Dell CD that you should have received with your laptop. Look for one that has "Diagnostics and utilities" listed under the "Contents". You will have to boot from that CD disk. To do this, power on your laptop and tap the <F12> key to bring you to the "One time boot menu". Insert the CD and then select CD/DVD drive and hit <Enter> key. Select the "Run the 32 Bit Dell Diagnostics".
If diagnostics pass then your software is corrupted and needs to be reinstalled.

Mar 03, 2013 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

1 Answer

I have a Dell Vostro 1510 which was working fine during its last use. I went to power it up and only the fan would run but had a black screen. I held down the power button, but only the fan stopped...

If your laptop appears to boot up and the hard disk LED flashes, then the problem is probably a back light fault. This can be a faulty inverter or a faulty CCFL lamp. Please click on this link and follow my instructions to identify the fault and possible fix :-

Sep 30, 2012 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

1 Answer

My Dell Vostro 1510 had a blue screen come on while I was working on it. then I switched it off, when I switched it on again, it is not booting. A technician told me I need to replace the hard disk. What...

Press key and the power button to initiate testing PSA diagnostics. If your hard drive is bad you will get an error code..This diagnostic will check the hardware of your laptop.

Jul 28, 2011 | Dell Vostro 1510 Laptop

2 Answers

Hi, I have bought this dell vostro 1015 laptop one and half year ago. Day before yesterday my windows XP hanged and I was unable to shut down. So I pressed power on button for few seconds to switch off...

It sounds like your hard drive has gone bad. As this is a laptop you can try to reseat the hard drive, if that does not help then it might be a case of hard drive crash.

Oct 29, 2010 | Dell Vostro 1510 Laptop

1 Answer

I can't put dvd disk into Dell Vostro 1310

1. Switch off the laptop
2. Press the power button to switch it on.
3. Instantly after pressing the power button, start pressing " F2 " key on the keyboard to enter the BIOS setting.
4. Now press/touch the " eject button " of the DVD drive and now you are done, you will get the disc out.

I stole this from

Mar 17, 2010 | Dell Vostro 1310 Laptop Computer PC...

1 Answer

Won't Start No lights flashing does nothing when I hit the power button

Try taking out battery and plug in power. If it works, battery is faulty.
If not, try taking out your hard disk plug in power, if it works, hard disk is faulty.
Try taking out memory card, if there's a sound, memory card faulty. If no sound, it's your motherboard that is causing the error.

May 08, 2009 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

1 Answer

Laptop died won't boot

try changing the RAM if it helps otherwise

ur Hard Disk is getting weak backup ur data and try replacing ur Hard Drive check hard disk strength with HDDLIFE from

Dec 29, 2008 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

1 Answer

Hitachi ide 80G hard disk on pentium 4 pvmm2 motherboard.

no, it can handle an 80Gb. But before you do that reset first the firmware cause it helps your computer to prepare whatever plug and play devices the you may attach to it. or Upgrade your previous firmware to a higher version. 

Dec 14, 2008 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

6 Answers

Laptop Won't startup Vostro 1500

See if you can run the Pre-boot System Assessment (PSA) diagnostics. To run the PSA+ Diagnostics on this system, perform one of the following actions:

1) Hold down the <Fn> key while pressing the power button.

2) Turn on the system, press <F12> at the initial Dell™ logo screen, and select “Diagnostics” from the boot menu.

3) Disconnect the AC power and remove the battery. While holding down the power button, insert the AC connector into the back of the system. The system then starts and the message “Diagnostic boot selected” displays. The system then launches the PSA+ Diagnostics.

According to Dell specs, there is no error code listed that you described, (Flashing Caps LED). Also try reseating the memory modules, (you might want to try this first).

Your responses are intended to improve the level of service provided. Please show your appreciation by rating your experience.
Thank You.

Nov 07, 2008 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

1 Answer

Power problem in monitor

This type of problem generally occurs when adoptor stops working and battery goes down. Show first of all check your power adoptor, its working or not, to check-out remove battery and use power adoptor then try to boot. If there is power led on means adoptor is ok otherwise try to reconnect and also check whether the power supply is ok for adoptor. For canfirmation use another adoptor.

If above not working then you can try to these steps:
1. Remove Power connection (Adoptor connection to Laptop).
2. Remove battery.
3. Re-Connect power to laptop.
4. Make switch on.
If above does not work then after step 2 try the followings
A. Press and hold power button for abt 20-30 secs. keep holding on and insert Power connection now if power led get on leave the button. After that it should on.

If all above didn't solve your problem, then its time to take tour of service centre.

Thanks and Good Luck

Aug 16, 2008 | Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dell Vostro 1500 Notebook Logo

158 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dell Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18402 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

mukhtar21 shaikh
mukhtar21 shaikh

Level 3 Expert

2017 Answers

Are you a Dell Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides