My Computer Won't Start

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PatrickAupperle

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My Dell Inspiron E1505 stopped working almost a year ago, but I dug it out and decided to try to fix it. The problem is, I have no clue what is wrong. When I press the power button, the power light turns on and then about 50 seconds later turns off. Nothing else. Here is a video of it happening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpk1lvZsFW4

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could help me solve this problem. The computer ran great until the day it died.
 

PatrickAupperle

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I have tried with and without battery, and it exhibits the same symptoms. The battery is charged, so I don't think a power jack is a likely culprit.

Because the computer has integrated graphics, I don't believe that would be easy to fix. Wouldn't the back light on the screen still come on if that was the case?
 

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Well, if I remember correctly, I tried booting it without any of the memory, hard drive, optical drive, etc, and I got the same symptoms. It seems that the motherboard is a fairly likely culprit. I may just go pull the peripherals (can things like memory be considered peripherals? or did I just misuse the word?) and try again. Someone I've been talking to over Youtube messages thinks it is the power supply.
 

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Unfortunately, I tried clearing the CMOS, but it didn't help.

I had a feeling I was misusing the word "peripherals," but eas too lazy to think of a better word.

Sounds like the computer is basically junk. About how much would a new motherboard be? Probably too much for the repair to be worthwhile.
 

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What do you mean "without graphics daughter board." My computer has integrated graphics (Intel GMA, I believe), which do you think I'd need?
 


Onboard graphics on a laptop aren't the same as they are on a PC mottherboard - they're on what's called a daughter board which is removeable from the motherboard and can be replaced separately. It's worth checking e-Bay or similar sites for a breaking model which has screen damage but still has otherwise working circuitry. As an alternative to an E1505, try looking for a 6400 which is virtually identical.

All that said, I doubt it's just a graphics problem. Do you remember what it actually did when it stopped working a year ago?



 

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I was using the computer as normal one day, and when I tried to turn it on the next, it just didn't come on.

So, you are saying I could buy the motherboard without the daughter board and use the daughter board I apparently already have? Could this integrated daughter board be replaced with a real graphics card?
 




Other way around if you suspect the graphics. Buy a new graphics daughterboard and take your existing one off the motherboard and replace it. It's a risky strategy without proof positive that the graphics are the fault though. It the laptop displays properly to an external monitor there's nothing wrong with the graphics adapter - if it doesn't, that's the fault.



 

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So, your saying that because the laptop won't display to any screen, graphics are at fault? Seems a tough call. The computer never seems to really come on at all. I guess maybe I'll see about getting a graphics daughterboard or broken inspiron 6400/e1505.
 
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