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Won't boot up and battery and power lights flickering fast...

Hi, I was working on my dell inspiron 1100 when all of a sudden it just died. All that happens now is that the two lights on the front for the battery and the power flicker really fast. There is no response from any of the buttons and nothing starts when you press the power button...

Have you hard of this before?

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  • Hugh Law Nov 04, 2007

    When it died, it was running off AC, but now that it has died it won't turn on with either AC or battery. I have tried removing the battery and running off AC alone, but still no response...

    The lights on the front only flicker when the AC is connected, so i am presuming that the AC adapter is working fine...

  • Hugh Law Nov 04, 2007

    Ok, this is wierd...

    I went through all the things you suggested, battery didn't need recalled, power cord seemed ok when moved about etc...

    I played about seperating the various parts of the ac adapter, ie detaching the mains section to the part that goes in to the computer. when i put it back together again the flickering stopped. When i tried to reboot again, the flickering started as long as i was pressing the power button. Repeated the process again and this time the battery seemed to be charging, so i tried to boot the laptop up again and it seemed to work. Got as far as the windows XP boot screen and then it died again... I have a feeling that the battery has no charge left in it, so i am going to try and charge it for an hour or so and see if i can boot up then...

    I wil let you know how i get on...

  • Hugh Law Nov 05, 2007

    Ok , so this morning i switched on the laptop and everything seems to be fine again. A very strange problem indeed...

    After thinking about it a bit longer, the laptop had been sitting for quite some time unplugged from the mains so I think the battery must have been completely dead.

    However, I'm still not sure why I wouldn't be able to run of AC even if the battery was dead...

    I'll leave it for now and hopefully things will sort themselves out.

    Thanks you so much for your help, this is the first time i have used this website and I'm sure i will be back again in the future... well hopefully not...

    Best of luck,


  • heather9179 Apr 02, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my computer. It won't power up and even when plugged into the AC when power button is pushed the battery light turns on orange. Nothing else happens. Please help

  • Anonymous Aug 31, 2008

    Yes this is the same problem with my dell It was fine and next thing it wont fire up. Nothing except flashing lights from the front of the laptop when its plugged in to ac power and nothing at alll when unplugged from outlet.

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    me dell does not do anything. tried different battery and power cord. no power up and no lights not even a battery light.

    plz help



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I can't installed window in my laptop dell inspiron 1100 .

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I would say it's overheating. It may have damaged your motherboard

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Same problem with my inspiron 1100
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Can't be sure your problem is related to your machine overheating, but as the owner of an Inspiron 1100 myself I recently found a blog with postings by an 1100 user who has taken several steps to cool down his laptop. More importantly, his blog has had literally dozens of comments posted by readers who have experienced similar overheating issues -- leading me to believe that overheating is a common problem with the 1100.

Here's the URL for the blog:

This isn't to say that in your case the battery isn't the problem. I'm just suggesting a possible alternative.

Good luck!

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When you start it , do you have it running on the power supply or battery? Or, does it not matter?

Posted on Nov 04, 2007

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    Thomas Christopher Nov 04, 2007

    Try to measure the voltage on the charger.Use a multimeter on power supply and see if it matches the output on the plug.

    From what I am reading, overheating is a common problem.A lot of folks are very upset with Dell.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Nov 04, 2007

    move the power cord around slowly and see if it will bootup.

    the wire by the plug on those get worn and break.

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    Thomas Christopher Nov 04, 2007

    Also, did you know?

    On August 14, 2006, Dell announced a recall of portable system batteries. As part of the recall process, Dell continues to require its suppliers to revalidate the data which led to the recall. This has resulted in a revised list of battery serial (identification) numbers. The affected battery model numbers and date range remain unchanged.

    To ensure that all potentially affected batteries are identified and returned to Dell, we are requesting that customers recheck their batteries. Throughout this recall, Dell’s primary concern continues to be the safety of its customers.

    Please go to Dell Battery Return Program to verify if your battery or batteries are subject to this recall and to order the replacement batteries. Dell will provide a means for you to return the affected batteries for proper disposal. If you have additional questions not covered on the recall website, or cannot access the website, please call Dell toll-free at 1-866-342-0011, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central Time.

    Customers also can write to the company at:

    Attn: Battery Recall
    9701 Metric Blvd., Suite 200
    Austin, TX 78758, USA.

    Please note that the recall is for the described batteries onlyl and not the notebook computers themselves.

    Dell apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Shipment of quality products always has been and continues to be our foremost concern. As always, if you have questions or concerns about this or any other subject, please feel free to contact us.

    This message has been updated to reflect our ongoing committment to getting all of the affected batteries replaced. No additional batteries have been added to the recall.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Nov 05, 2007

    Sounds good. Please do let me know.

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher Nov 06, 2007

    shuggy1001, please rerate this as solved. Thanks,


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