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    My laptop won't power up (and of course it has everything on it that I need). Anyone have any suggestions, short of me sending it in to Dell for service (out of warranty now)?

    It shut down just fine last night, battery is in good shape, etc. I tried the power cord on another laptop this morning, so it is not the power cord.

    If anyone has any suggestions, I would surely apprecitate them.

    Thanks!
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    Try removing the battery and see if it can power up from the adapter.

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    If your out of warranty, the closest thing to live and free tech support I can think of is to download a copy of mIRC and visit #help on efnet. I've been there a few times and there are some very informed people there. Just depends on who's currently on the channel when you visit.


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    Nope, tried that. Also tried hooking it to my docking station and that did not work either.

    Boy, tried to find help at the Dell Support site. Like finding a needle in a haystack.

    Thanks...keep the ideas and suggestions coming. I'll try anything.
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    Can't you take the hard-drive out and hook it up to a different computer? Then you could access what you need

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    Great idea. Thanks!
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    Hi

    I know you said that the initial battery idea didn't work- but did you try taking it out and putting it back in and then powering up? Odd idea but one time that worked for me.

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    Most laptops have a reset mechanism - there's a tiny hole somewhere where you carefully insert the end of a paper clip which pushes a button - not sure if it would help in a case like this, and check the documentation first to see if it's safe

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    Still trying, but nothing happening. Could not find a reset button and online Dell manual is no help.

    Keep those ideas coming!

    Thanks!!!
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Radegast:
    there's a tiny hole somewhere where you carefully insert the end of a paper clip which pushes a button <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Bad, bad idea, look at 7 days webcam


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    Just found this on a forum:

    My keyboard stopped working. A Dell technician had me stick a paperclip into
    a reset hole on my laptop Inspiron 3500. After that, the keyboard worked. My
    question is this: What other emergencies might arise that would require the
    same reset method?

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    JJJay,

    You are a lot of help!!!

    But you did make me laugh.

    Reading all kinds of posts I thinking it may be a fuse inside the laptop. Now where did I leave all those tiny screwdrivers....
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    15 hours later....would you believe two screws that held the power switch in place had come loose? Yep, dared to take my laptop all apart and managed to get it all back together. Well, almost. I have one internal screw left over that fell out when I was taking things apart. Obviously it was not really needed, right?

    Thanks everyone for your advice.
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    your a braver man than I am Ron, you would not get me to take a screw out of my laptop if my life depended on it.
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    I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Trust me, it was really hard to snap everything back together. But I know know I can replace just about anything in there (exept that one screw).
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 7-days:
    But I know know I can replace just about anything in there (exept that one screw). <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    That screw probably belongs to the off switch

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    I tell you what, I had no idea there were so many loose screws floating around inside my laptop. I found three loose and another one just about ready to come out. Just a warning to others, if you hear something rattling around inside your laptop, it's not the ebay reversal virus, it's probably a loose screw. I'm just lucky the screws did not fall on the motherboard and short circuit something.
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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I tell you what, I had no idea there were so many loose screws floating around inside my laptop. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Many people would say the same thing about my head.


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