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Dell Inspiron 1501 just died

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jbchoochoo, Nov 11, 2009.

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  1. jbchoochoo

    jbchoochoo Thread Starter

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    When I was using my Dell today something happened to the screen: first green zebra-like stripes, then white, then I completely lost power. When I've tried to turn the power back on, the computer lights up for a couple of seconds and then disappears.

    Any idea what caused this? Should I just take it to a local repair shop now?

    (I have a second Dell inspiron, a little cranky and old. Can I remove the HD from the nonworking computer and insert it into the other Inspiron?)

    Thanks,

    JB
     
  2. Rich-M

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    That sounds like a dead or dying power supply. Smell anything burning? If you take the power cord out and swich it off on psu(if that crap has a switch) then press the power button for 5 seconds. Then sit for about a half hour and plug it in and try to start again, what happens?
     
  3. jbchoochoo

    jbchoochoo Thread Starter

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    You're right -- it was the power supply. But not the cord, the outlet. I moved it to a different outlet and it worked fine. Should have tried that first.

    Thanks for your help.l

    JB
     
  4. Rich-M

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    Glad to help!
     
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