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Periodic Boot-up Problems with Dell Latitude D600

My Latitude D600 is 4 years old and has taken a few hits. In the last two months, it's had boot up problems. About 75% of the time, when I hit the power button to boot it up, the power button light and the battery light at the hinge to the lower right of the screen will light for a few seconds and then go blank and the machine will not boot. Repeated efforts, including holding down the power button for 5-10 seconds, yield the same result.This happens both when the machine's power adapter is plugged in and when it is not plugged in and running off of a charged battery. I can try turning it on 5-6 times in the course of 15 minutes to no avail, and then return 1 hour later and it will work without explanation. The battery seems to work because on the occasions that the machine does boot and the batter is charged, it will work fine without the power adapter.

When it does boot up, it takes noticeably longer--maybe 2-3 times as long--for Windows XP to boot up than it did for years when the machine worked fine. This is separate problem that my intuition says is related to the first problem.

Any help would be appreciated.

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  • ottewitte Aug 21, 2008

    Symptoms I have encountered with two out of about 20 of these notebooks are virtually the same, with the exception that I don't recall them being slow to boot up when they do work. We have tried multiple batteries and AC adapters, to no avail. Because we have other D600s, we have been able to include batteries that are fully charged as well as those partially charged. I did notice that the two bad boys each have a pair of 512 Ram sticks in them, unlike any of the other machines that do work. I will experiment with that fact as well as follow the suggested solution posted here.

  • ttheus35 Jan 12, 2009

    I have this problem with my Dell. When I try to start my Dell D600 which I bought about a year ago. The power button is pushed and then the middle button next to the power with the "A:" blinks about 10 times without the computer booting up. Then when it does boot up. I can be working on it and it will freeze. Oh on other times it might just shut off like someone just shut off the power. I have replaced the fan and have blown it out. I don't dare move it while working on it. It will freeze then too. Please help.

  • Anonymous May 19, 2009

    I have the same problem. If you press on the back of the laptop around where the fan is then it will boot. I took mine apart looking for something but could not find anything.



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Well I had the same problem with my Dell Latitude D600. I tried many batteries, fully charged, partially charged and even i tried scenarios with AC Power On or Off. Nothing really seemed to work as my laptop was both hot and cold. I noticed this problem was coming specially when laptop is cold.
The Solution is found is, when i have this problem, i press the power button and then move the rotate the laptop, so that its screen touches the desk and keybord is upright verticle, i know it sounds ODD, but it really made my life so easier as now this problem doesnt haunt me.  and it will boot on first, second or third go.

Normal Laptop Condition with keybord down and LCD Open
                     /                     /      / lcd
You need to move the laptop in one of the following if it is having boot problem again
       \               /          \            /            \         /  keybrd  \      /  lcd                \   /                 \/
or put the lcd down flat while keeping the keyboard in the same position as above.

I m sorry the above illustrations are pretty rough but hope u understand what i mean :)

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Ok, I think you are having overheating problem.
Make sure you fan runs it is critical component especially in a laptop. If your computer takes a long time to boot like that and runs slow in windows than normal and you know it is not a virus problem or software issue than it is most likely a thermal problem. Open and make sure the heat sync is not clogged as well. Stick a flashlight through the side where the fan blows out air and if you cannot see through or see the heat sync fins than you have too much dust also. Good luck.

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