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« on: May 26, 2005, 05:42:16 PM »

PLEASE SUPPLY RELEVANT INFORMATION:
Operating System Version: Win 98
Problem Hardware Make & Model: Dell CPi



I've had this laptop for a while, and I've really loved it very well... until last month when it stopped working.

I turn it on, and the Dell screen comes up (with a little animated bar to tell me it's loading... or maybe thinking) and then the computer shuts down. You even get the turning off noise. I never even get to see the Windows starting page.

I thought it was the battery (just seemed like what a dead battery would be like to me) so I bought a new one. That hasn't helped.

Any ideas? I really love this computer and can't afford even another used laptop right now. I need to make him work again.

Thanks. Kiss

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2005, 02:48:34 PM »

Can you put the WinXP cd in the ROM and tell me if it boots to the INSTALL wizard?

Also can you give me the Make and Model of the Laptop?
You say it's a DELL...what Model number?

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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2005, 04:17:26 PM »

Hello,

I had the exact same problem with Dell Inspiron 3800. I was told that it was the motherboard (unfortunately after my warranty expired).
What worked for me was a karate chop to the bottom right of the moniter. Must have been a loose connection or something. It even got better with time i.e. no hangups with that awful sound as if you just suddenly turned off the motor.

I hope this helps. Your motherboard may not repond like mine.

In any case, I finally replaced my motherboard ($110). Only problem is it just does not bootup at all now. Out of frying pan and into the fire?!!

Steven
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005, 06:19:11 PM »

Mine is a Windows issue. I don't have the CD for it, though (this was a used laptop I got for cheap... it didn't come with things like cds) But if I have disk in the A drive when I start it up, I get the 'non-systems disk' error and once I eject that, windows opens and runs fine. It's kind of irritating, and I worry that it will get worse or something else will mess up from this, but for the past few months, this has worked well enough.
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