My Inspiron 1501 stoped working a few days ago. I don't use this regularly, my kids and husband do so I am not sure what has been done recently. I bought it refurbished from Dell over 2 years ago so nothing is under warranty.
Anyway, here's what I have done and now I am stuck:
Now I am at a loss on what to try next if anything. I don't want to start replacing parts and then find out that wasn't the problem. Worse case is I buy a new laptop.
Any suggestions or help would be GREATLY appreciated.
What happens if you push and hold down the start button for thirty or more seconds, then wait, THEN press the start button?
Same thing. Computer will power on. You can hear the processor fan come on, it will attempt to read the CD/DVD drive if there is a disk, and then you can hear the hard drive come on, but no boot sequence. Screen remains BLANK/BLACK (no cursor) even if connected to an external monitor.
I think I am going to take the HD somewhere to see if the data can be recovered. I am about ready to call it a loss.
Since you are posting on here I assume you have access to a working computer so you can recover your own hard drive yourself. No need to take it to anyone else.
Get a 2.5" external usb enclosure for it and you are good to go to recover your data. Just connect to any other pc with a usb port.
Also try to reset your laptop by unplugging a/c adapter and take battery out. then press and hold power button down for 30 seconds. then try to power up.
If still no change then I think the mainboard is dead. Probably can get a good used one on ebay for $100. So up to you on how you want to fix or cut your losses.