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Old 05-23-06, 05:44 PM
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help sorting out laptop issue

Need help with an issue can't decided if it is a powersupply, motherboard or something else.

Over the last few weeks my laptop will seem to just shutoff. The powerlight and light for the numberpad stay on, but the screen and my wireless card both go out and I have to hold down the power button to shut it off and then restart. Until lately came back and work for days. Now it is hardly starting.

It's a Dell Inspiron 1000 (I know these are cheap) just under two years old. I would like to fix it if not too expensive.
Old 05-23-06, 08:12 PM
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Mine was doing this (HP) a week or so ago, a little different because it would shut down completely (see thread titled "Laptop Problems"

The suggested a BIOS update, but that wasn't working in my case and I had to send it in (under warranty) for a new "main board" and BIOs update.
Old 05-23-06, 11:34 PM
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unfortuniately I no longer am under warranty. So I would have to pay for it and Dell home support is sometimes hard to deal with.
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You should be able to do the BIOS for free though..
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I did and looks like might have fixed it.
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Good, I hope it worked, now I can add "technical support" to my resume!
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also, download the dell diags and run them through your machine

http://support.dell.com/support/down...&fileid=110365

it may turn up something else.

Dell tends to have a problem with cooling if the fan is dirty and the machine is left on for 8+ hours. It's worth blowing some compressed air through the fan area

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