I own a Inspiron 600m. And I have the same problem. I reinsert the memory card, both of them, and it starts fine. But I don't think this is the right solution.
My laptop is only 4 years old. I was very happy with Dell but this is my second problem and I don't think my next laptop is going to be a Dell.
Windows XP, SP2
Any advice is more than welcome.
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I have the same problem with my XPS M140, did you ever fiqure out what was wrong with yours? THANKS ahead of time.
I wish I had read this forum before dropping my Inspiron E1705 off at the local computer shop. I'm having the same problem as everyone else. I'll post whatever information I find out from them.
Balaji was right for my Inspiron 600m. I upgraded my memory to 2GB, and encountered the same problem, after reading the posting, I reseated the 2 memory modules. It worked as you said. Thank you !!
Hey guys by reseating the memory in my D510 helped me out a great deal. I then downloaded an ISO disc from dell to run diagnostics and it runs great.
I have the same start-up problem with an Inspiron E1705 with 2 Gig of memory. I have tried all of the recommendations mentioned before but none has worked for me. Has anyone else that had this same problem found a new solution??? Re-sitting the memory, removing and re-installing the HDD did nothing for me either.
truth_mjkModel: Inspiron 5100Issue: Upon powering on, laptop appears to start up (fan/CD-drive start working, etc...) Display never turns on. Caps lock light blinks for a few seconds, then the system shuts off.This issue started 2 days ago. I had left my PC on and plugged in, and when I came back to it, the display would not turn on. I manually rebooted, and now everytime I try to power the system on, the above issue occurs. The laptop is old, but I take good care of it, and the system hyad been running fine previous to this issue. I can't even run diagnostics or get into a BIOS screen, as 1) the system only stays on for a few seconds, and 2) the display never turns on.I have attempted to turn it on with and without the battery in place, and well as with and without the power supply connected. I have also removed and re-seated the RAM.I will try attaching an external monitor, but like I said, the system only powers on for about 5 seconds.Sounds like a motherboard issue: I hope not though.Any ideas?
Try the memory modules one at a time in each socket -- to rule out a bad module or memory socket. If neither module works in either socket it most likely is the system board.