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old post. PC is 16 years old today, (junk and not worth $10 used) 1: run it on line power only main battery out. now. runs now,yhes, then the battery was shorted, get new one. or run on AC only for ever. 2: RTC coin cell is dead, buy a new one and put it in. no RTC COIN lasted 16 years, not a single one, impossible!!! so get rid of this old coin cell., buy a new one, spend $2 3: Now the CPU fan works, and stays on, in some BIOS you can check a box say fan is always , on do so and now it only changes speed. if the fan is dead still then it may be bad. this old easy. 4: CPU overheat, I have never seen any CPU to heatsink thermal compound last for 16 years, (mine does but not yours) I use very top quality thermal grease (compound, no aging) ask. 5: The Power pack can be bad. (if PC dead with main battery out the pack can in fact be just bad. 6: is the screen 100% black at all times? no text ever? most PC this old the CCLF back lamps are dead. that is why most PC this old are worth nothing until year 2010 made. a fact. get a newer PC with LED back lamps. ask for advice on this, have lots. My posts can be all wrong ,after all I can not watch your screen and do simple tests. but the fan dead is very very serious matter. I even strip off all modules in the Laptop, to prove there are no shorted modules in the PC. shorts cause power to shut of. BY DESIGN.

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on May 27, 2018


Error m1004 means a overheating problem

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Jul 22, 2014


Replace the battery - 3 of the 5 cells are dead or dying.

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Jul 03, 2014


Hi Anonymous, This is in regards to retrieving the Boot password. I will be glad to help you. Please let me know if the password prompt appears before windows boot or after windows boot. Please email the system service tag along with customer details like customer name, place of purchase, shipping address, email address and phone number to [email protected] Also email a picture where the password prompt appears. I will then check and let you know what can be done. Thanks and Regards. Kiran Kumar. #iworkfordell.

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Jun 22, 2014


Connect a second screen. If this dont "jump" the invertor is bad.

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Jan 05, 2014


Dipesh,Click the link below for information on resolving this error.How to resolve DNS error in Windows XP and Vistahttp://dell.to/14Mdox3Thank You,Dell-Jesse LDell Social Media and Communities

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Sep 13, 2013


Sheri Herr,Right click the audio options down bottom right speaker icon, click recording devices, if your mic isn't there right click in it and select show disabled devices, if it then comes up right click on the device and click ENABLE.Thank You,Dell-Jesse LDell Social Media and Communities

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Aug 15, 2013


hey luis,This error means the hard drive has died and will need to be replaced. You can call Dell Spare Parts Department at 1-877-717-3355.Thank You,Dell-Jesse LDell Social Media and Communities

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Jul 29, 2013


Charles,The battery turns on steadily or blinks to indicate battery charge status.If the computer is connected to an electrical outlet, the light operates as follows:
  • Solid blue - The battery is charging.
  • Flashing blue - The battery is almost fully charged.
If the computer is running on a battery, the light operates as follows:
  • Off - The battery is adequately charged, or the computer is turned off.
  • Flashing orange - The battery charge is low.
  • Solid orange - The battery charge is critically low
Thank You,Dell-Jesse LDell Social Media and Communities

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Jul 29, 2013


From what i see in your specs the Dell Inspiron 1420 came with Win Vista. I assume you have upgraded, Did you check Win 8 compatibility with your hardware? You may have exceeded the hardware components limitations. Therefore it will not run Win 8 with much sucess, and will continue to crash, Check here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/system-requirements. That said, I would use win 7 at the most.

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Dec 26, 2012


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 :- http://www.fixya.com/support/r3598095-faulty_laptop_lcd_screen

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Nov 03, 2012


Look into the power options (battery icon on the bottom right corner), when you use battery as your main source of power it is possible that your system is putting you in energy saving mode. If you don't want that just override the option with performance mode.

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Oct 24, 2012


my laptop suddently has no blueetooth and cant install drivers

Dell Inspiron... • Answered on Dec 22, 2011

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