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Dell C610 won't power up

I understand you had the same problem. Press power button, get all the leds for about 3 seconds, then powers down. No fan, disk, or screen activity during the 3 seconds. Did you ever get a solution? Thanks. Ron

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  • ron6962 Sep 04, 2008

    Thanks for the input. I had already tried all the things you suggested, but tried them again with the same results. I suspect it is the motherboard, and was curious what the result was with your same problem. I have not disassembled the laptop yet (but now plan to) to check out the processor fan. Do you suppose a dead fan would give these symptoms? Thanks again.

  • ron6962 Sep 04, 2008

    OK....thanks. It appears my next step is to repair or replace the motherboard. I appreciate your advice.


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There are three things that generally cause this on the Dell systems. The two most common are the battery and the memory. Start by removing the battery and powering on the adapter only. Then remove the memory and try each chip one at a time in each slot. If neither of these work, then the problem is most likely a failed component in the power management system on the motherboard. I've dealt with many of these models that have a fialed PM system, and have found that motherboard replacement is the best option, and in some cases the only option. You can have a shop take a look at it, but you will probably get the same answer.

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    Ryan Rogers Sep 04, 2008

    No, there's no way that a fan will cause this, and generally a processor won't cause this. If the fan were bad, it would simply overheat and shut down, and when a processor fails, you won't get anything, no lights, nothing. Since you've tried the suggestions, the only thing left is the power management system on the board.


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