After going through all the trouble shooting pages, following different recommendations (including yours), and calling dell, it's apparent that the motherboard needs to be replaced. When looking online, I see multiple stores selling motherboards for this d600. When I pressed on the motherboard link that you sent, it gives me a myriad of options. Do you have a recommendation? I see prices of refurbished motherboards being listed from $149 to $179, and Dell will sell me a new motherboard shipped to my place for the small sum of $396.51. Holy smokes. At this point, I have more time than money, and would prefer to go the more inexpensive route, but I wonder if I'm taking a shot at buying a refurbished motherboard? Any suggestions would be welcome. Thank you for you time.
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Re: d600 latitude motherboard
I recommend Ebay. You can get a good used motherboard for around $100, just make sure that the motherboard is guaranteed to work, so your protected if it doesn't. I've gotten many used boards off Ebay, and had no problems. Used or refurbished is just fine, there's really no sense in paying the $400 for a new one. If the $150 refurbished has at least one year warranty or better, that would be the route to go. Here's a link to Ebay's listing for the D600 motherboards. If you need assistance in changing out the board let me know.
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The D600 line was introduced in 2004. The only accurate way to find the exact age of your laptop, or the PRODUCTION DATE is to contact Dell. Otherwise you would only be able to find out the general date which was the 2004-2005 years. After that they moved on to the D6X0 lines...D630, etc as the processors improved. Some more info on your unit Latitude D600
The D600 (and simultaneously-introduced D800) was Dell's first business-oriented notebook based on the Pentium-M processor; it used the first-generation "Banias" Pentium M chips running on a 400 MT/s FSB on DDR memory. It had a PATA hard drive and a D-series modular bay, and used an ATI GPU Radeon 9000. It had a 14" screen, in regular (non-widescreen) form factor. Unlike later D6x0 series machines, both memory sockets were accessible from a single cover on the bottom of the system.
Many Latitude models had a near-clone Inspiron, in the case of the D600, it was the Inspiron 600M. Differences include that the 600M does not work with the Dell D-Dock, and the case styling is slightly different. The motherboards, screens and hard drive caddies are all physically interchangeable
the d600 has a 8 pins chip,like the c600 where the pasword/faxtory setting is stored.. it's located under the tape where the pcicma socket is..close to edge of the board it sais:UPW1 I think you can use the paperclip methode like the c600 wich means short two pins ( 3& 6) while you power the lap
Hi, The repair really isn't too complicated most times. hardest part is usually removing the old one. I haven't looked up that specific model, they all are different but all the same. Some are placed on a separate small board. some are soldered to the main board. If your considering purchasing replacement board anyways, I would try and fix it and then if that doesn't work exercise your other options. Thank you, Lee
Hi Roy, Dell, apparently have had some problems with their batteries, as they called back some, including yours. Goto Dells homepage here and goto -> a bit down this page -> Step 1: Is your battery model affected?
Hope your battery is among these, as you will be able to get a new one.
when you unplug the ac adapter does the battery light lit up when you try to power on? If it does.. does the battery have life?? Well the next step is to remove the battery and try using only the AC adapter and see if it stays on.. if it doesn't they your power connection could be loose from the motherboard... B/C in general the LED for ac adapter should go on when you plug it in.... Well try that and see what happens..