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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-09-2004, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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WTF my laptop is dead. >.<

My Dell Inspiron 8600 just ran out of warranty 3 weeks ago.

It was running last night and the thing just shut off as if it lost all power. It was plugged in and not running of battery power. When I try to restart the computer the LED flash, screen with flicker for half a sec and that is all. No fans start up, no whirring, nothing.

I've read that some 8600 models have issues with the Vid cards frying....but does that sound like a vid card problem or a burned MOBO? The damn comp won't "turn over" when I crank it. If it were a vid card the comp would at least try fire up the fans and try boot up right? I get nothing of the sort.

Can anyone think of what the source could be? Looks like a new MOBO for this laptop is gonna cost me some change. >.< Ebay prices are in the $300-400 range.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-09-2004, 02:22 PM
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Sounds like a power issue to me. Might want to try removing the batt and see if it will boot without it. Also hit the reset button on the laptop if it has one. Should be a small hole that you have to use a paperclip to press the button.

Does you laptop power cable have a LED on the brick part or elsewhere on the power cable (not the laptop), if so is it on when its plugged into the wall jack?
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-12-2004, 06:10 AM
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I think you are right; if it were purely a vid issue the machine would boot and you should be able to connect to an external monitor and run.

You could have faulty memory - on the Latitudes the num-caps-scroll LEDs flash in a sequence indicating memory problems. Make sure you have a good power source and try removing one of the mem sticks and see if it changes the behavior.

If it is indeed a MB (and most of the time it is) be sure to check Ebay. Lots of Dell portable boards there and you should be able to beat retail pricing on a replacement MB.
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