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No BIOS splash screen (or boot)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sandprickle, Apr 17, 2013.

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  1. sandprickle

    sandprickle Thread Starter

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    Hey

    My grandma has a Dell Inspiron 1545 (I think).

    When one tries to power it on, the power light comes on for several seconds, and then goes off. Things start spinning up in the first couple seconds after the power button is pressed. The screen is completely blank the whole time. It seems like it must be a power issue, but she thinks that the battery should have lasted from when the power supply tanked to when she found the computer powered off. What could be wrong? (Hope this is intelligible; I'm rather tired.)

    Thanks,

    B
     
  2. Tanis

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    This is a laptop isn't it?
    Have you tried powering it up on the mains but with the battery removed?
    If the powersupply has died then it is possible that it killed the battery in the process, so the theory of the battery taking over won't necessarily be the case.
     
  3. sandprickle

    sandprickle Thread Starter

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    Yeah it's a laptop. I tried without the battery and the results seemed to be the same. I payed close attention this time though. The hard drive spins until the computer shuts off. the fan and CD drive spin up right after I power on, and then stop (or slow down).
     
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