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Dell Latitude won't turn on

By XxLairdxX
Sep 3, 2008
  1. My friend gave his laptop to try and fix because I am pretty tech savvy, although had virtually no experience with laptops. His has the problem of not turning on, i couldn't hear the hard drive stating to spin so i took the one out of my laptop and put it in his. Nothing changed but then when i put my hard drive back, my screen wont turn on, just the lights and i cant hear the processor, or harddrive start up. nothing but the little power lights. I really need you help guys, I am selling this laptop to friend of my brother this week

    Any help will be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Remove the HardDrive again from your laptop (I think we are only talking about your Laptop)
    Remove the Power Adaptor and Battery
    Hold down the ON button for 30secs (dispersing all internal voltage)
    Put the Power Adaptor back in (No HardDrive yet!)
    Turn On
    Does it now show a display?

    If Yes. Turn it off, and put the HardDrive and Battery back in.
    If No, Remove the Power Adaptor again
    Disperse the internal Voltage again
    Remove and reseat the Ram (sometimes blowing out any dust too)
    With the Ram back in, Put the Power Adaptor back in
    Turn on

    Did it work?
     
  3. XxLairdxX

    XxLairdxX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    what do you mean power adapter, the charger that plugs into the wall?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes, we call it a PowerAdaptor
    Maybe I should say Charger for now on :rolleyes:
    From the Laptop ofcourse
     
  5. XxLairdxX

    XxLairdxX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    haha just making sure, thanks
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please let us know the outcome
    Hey, I thought I was fast :(
     
  7. XxLairdxX

    XxLairdxX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    ...nothing comes up when after the holding of the button and then plugging the battery and adapter back in, guess i'll try re seating the ram


    be back in a few
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You can leave the Battery out when testing
     
  9. XxLairdxX

    XxLairdxX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    and plug the adapter straight into the laptop?
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes just test with the Charger in (and turned on at the wall!)
     
  11. XxLairdxX

    XxLairdxX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Yay i got it working, as i was tuning it on with the adapter plugged in, i held down the little restart button on the bottom of the laptop and it like started spazzing out with a clicking noise and the booted up to the bios

    it works with the hard drive in it too now, thanks alot for your help man!
     
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Cool (keeping with the "Man" theme)

    Thanks for the update :grinthumb
     
  13. XxLairdxX

    XxLairdxX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    lol sry kim, thnx for the help regardless
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Did I miss something ?

    Edit
    Oh, the "Man" thingy

    Ok all done, how did the other one go?
     
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