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Dell Latitude D810 laptop. When I hit the power button the power light comes on, and within 3 seconds the system shuts off. It will not boot to BIOS. I've tried it with/without a hard drive and with/without the battery installed. Can you lead me in the right path to fix it?

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Try removing the memory, hard drive and battery. With the system plugged in (obviously) see if it will boot. Be sure to remove both sticks of memory. One should be located on the bottom of the system and the other should be located under the keyboard. *NOTE* Once the battery, hard drive and memory have been removed, before you plug the laptop in, press and hold the power button for about 5 seconds. This will drain any remaining power. If your system still does not boot, I would say that they problem is with your motherboard. If the system does power on, shut it down and replace your components 1 at a time until you discover which part is possible defective. Keep in mind that only the motherboard has to be an exact match. Other components that may need replaced such as memory only need to be compatible, they do not need to be from Dell.

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  • Dale Niles Oct 17, 2010

    To cahollins: You are welcome. Glad that you were able to resolve your problem.

  • jack880 Nov 10, 2010

    Hi Dale. I was wondering if you could help me too please? My dell precision M70 won't turn on. When I press the power button the bluetooth, power and AC power lights come on and nothing else happens. The computer stays like this and won't boot. I've tried it with the RAM swapped around (it has 2 modules), with no RAM in, with the hard drive and battery removed. I've even taken everything off my laptop and bought a new base with motherboard and put all my components onto the new motherboard and the same thing happens. Is it possible it's the processor do you think?? Many thanks, Jack

  • Dale Niles Nov 10, 2010

    To jack880: It may take me some time to find a solution to your problem but off the top of my head, I would double check the memory modules, if you can, in another laptop. Also, there is a possibility that there is a connection that was missed.

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