Notebook powers up, fan spins for a second, then nothing.
-cant boot to any other media (doesn't get that far)
-tried an extra HD
-tried another memory dim
-Not in warranty
-systemax says send it to the only place in the world that can fix our proprietary piece of dung in Cali. and if it is the motherboard it will be around $350-$450.
-Would it be worth trying to find a used/working cpu and?
Just a thought. State Farm insures my laptop for $30 a year ($30 is the minimum yearly payment; actually I pay $70 a year for 3 laptops). Anything happens to it, even if you get bored and play fisbee with it, they fix or replace it.
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It could be an overheating CPU problem.
When the CPU in the computer or laptopoverheats then it will shut down (i.e. thermal overload) and won't boot upagain until it has cooled down. If this is the problem is not fixed then theCPU will eventually fail. A faulty fan causes this problem or the fan and heat sink assembly are cloggedwith dust. Check the CPU fan to see if it spins freely, if not replace the fan.
If the fan and heat sink is clogged withdust the remove the dust and make sure the vents are clear and dust free. Use acan of compressed air to do this.
I am sure Not the CPU or fan problem. Follow the below step to repair it.
1. Just press the power button 5 seconds or more to see the laptop can reboot or not.
2. replug the memory modules.
3. maybe the power supply device failed that the electronic volt is not enough to boot the laptop. Just replace a new Dell latitude d600 battery power supply.
Is the ac adapter plugged in ? Have you tried to boot it up with removing the battery and using just the ac adapter? Sometimes you are drawing so much current from a bad battery that the computer won't start up at all.
have u tried booting the computer with just the power supply hooked up and your battery out? iv'e had the same exact lab top and the battery went bad and the computer wouldnt do anything at all like your talking about. Even if i had the power supply hooked up and the battery. Remove the battery, and try booting it up.
whats happening is that the cpu is overheating and shutting down the computer due to your fan not spinning, if you wish to test this remove the bottom panel and remove the fan and its cooling tubes should all be one part (quite easy 3 or 4 bolts) and blow on the cpu or put a pedistal fan facing it or any other form of cooling that wont damage it, and try to start it if it boots for a while it is the fan and you will need to replace it, i had this exact problem yesterday
when you say "the fan makes a noise like its getting ready to spin", which fan...power supply's or cpu? if you answer power supply, then the POWER OK signal is not returning to power supply and it then quickly shuts down to prevent further damage. double check a firm connection to mother board.
If you answer CPU, then it becomes far more complicated. Try re-seating the memory chips.