Dell Laptop Died, RIP?

  naineysman 19:40 12 Feb 2010

My niece has a Inspiron 6400, about 3 years old. It suddenly died during use and now wont switch on.

Power indicator is lit when plugged in,

Battery seems to be charging (bat lights are filling)

When the i/o button is pressed, the i/o light illuminates for about 2 seconds then goes off?

I've tried different batteries and power leads, ruled them out.

Any tips where I can start looking

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:49 12 Feb 2010

Remove battery and try on mains only.

  naineysman 19:50 12 Feb 2010

should have mentioned i tried that

  jack 20:10 12 Feb 2010

Like to power switch or a more sinister such as a Mo-Bo component- trouble is it will cost [£50 approx mnin] to find out if it is repairable or bin it-
Buy a copy of MictoMart to check out reasonable repairers or even a Google may turn up something.

  jack 20:12 12 Feb 2010
  rdave13 20:23 12 Feb 2010

Try removing the battery, mains adapter. Press and hold the power button for two minutes.
Connect power adapter (without battery) and see if it will power up.

  naineysman 21:10 12 Feb 2010

No joy, still the same

  PalaeoBill 00:16 13 Feb 2010

Try re-seating the ram. If that doesn't work I would have a look through the service manual and try removing the peripherals (hard drive, dvd etc.) just to see if it will boot at minimum configuration.
Turn the keyboard upside down, give it a shake (its amazing the effect a pin or needle in the wrong place can have).

Service manual:
click here

  naineysman 13:03 13 Feb 2010

I've had the HD out, the DVD out, the keyboard out, the RAM reseated, tried power withand without the above (except the RAM obviously) NO change,

I then took out the power switch and reseated that, still the same, wee green light for 2 seconds then nothing?

  naineysman 13:25 13 Feb 2010

Any point changing this, will it have any possible impact?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:29 13 Feb 2010

Possible but unlikely.

I'm afraid it sounds like motherboard or cpu failure.

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