blinking Caps lock and Scroll lock/ no boot up

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blinking Caps lock and Scroll lock/ no boot up

  •    Hi,

    I have an inspiron 9400 that has been having some issues lately.  As of right now, when I push the power button, the power light comes on but it does not boot or even post.  The Num lock stays on and the caps lock and scroll lock lights blink for about 40 seconds then the whole thing shuts off.  This can obviously be only a few things but, how to I figure out what those blinking lights mean.  I have search dell support but have found nothing.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

     

    Thanks 

  • Try reseating your RAM securely in their slots.  I have read that blinking of any of the lock indicators is a sign of memory failure.

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    Inspiron 15R Laptop
    Intel Core i3-370M (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, 3MB cache) CPU
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
    500GB 5400rpm HDD
    15.6 Inch High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife
    Intel HD Graphics
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card
    8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    Integrated High Definition Audio 2.2
    Dell Wireless 1501
    Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
    6-Cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    PA-12 65W Power Adaptor (19.5V, 3.34A)
    ==================================================

  • Thank you, that worked.
  • You are welcome, and good luck.

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    Inspiron 15R Laptop
    Intel Core i3-370M (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, 3MB cache) CPU
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
    500GB 5400rpm HDD
    15.6 Inch High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife
    Intel HD Graphics
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card
    8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    Integrated High Definition Audio 2.2
    Dell Wireless 1501
    Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
    6-Cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    PA-12 65W Power Adaptor (19.5V, 3.34A)
    ==================================================

  • I have a XPS 1710 and I have this problem.

     

    I did it and it didn't work.

     

     

  • Try removing the memory one stick at a time and try both sticks separately in each slot to isolate either the bad slot or the bad memory chip.

    ==================================================
    Inspiron 15R Laptop
    Intel Core i3-370M (2.4GHz, 4 Threads, 3MB cache) CPU
    4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 RAM
    500GB 5400rpm HDD
    15.6 Inch High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife
    Intel HD Graphics
    Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card
    8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
    Integrated High Definition Audio 2.2
    Dell Wireless 1501
    Integrated 1.3M Pixel Webcam
    6-Cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    PA-12 65W Power Adaptor (19.5V, 3.34A)
    ==================================================

  • I don't mean to threadjack, but I had the same issue.  I narrowed it down to a bad RAM slot (B), as both my 1GB chips work in slot A, but not if B is populated.  So I can boot with 1GB, but I don't suppose there is something I can do to fix the other slot.  If you have any input, it would be much appreciated.  It saves me from tossing 2 good 1GB dims and buying a 2GB one.

    info:

    Dell XPS M1710.

    XPS M1710

    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7200 (2GHz/667MHz/4MB)

    [222-4648]

    LCD Panel

    17 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen UXGA Display with TrueLife™

    [320-4755]

    Memory

    2GB, 677MHz 2 DIMM from 1GB

    [465-3462]

    Video Card

    256MB NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7900 GS

    [320-4757]

    Hard Drive

    100GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive

    [341-3346]

    Operating System

    Windows Vista

     

    Network Card and Modem

    Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card and Modem

    [430-1277]

    CD/DVD Burner Options

    8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability

    [313-4079]
    [420-5791]

    Sound Options

    Integrated Audio

    [313-4217]

    Wireless Networking Cards

    Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n Dual-band Internal Wireless

    [430-1875]

    Batteries

    80 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

    [312-0422]

    Bluetooth

    Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)

    [430-1777]

     

  • ok, so i am having this same problem. i have a Dell Inspiron E1505 running Windows 7 Fire. 80 gig hard drive and 2 512mb ram sticks. i was using my computer normaly like any other day, when i clickd the shut down button in the start bar but nothing happened. so i held the power button untill completly shut off. i turned it back on and when prompted to start in either safe or normal, i chose normal. the screen whent black and was completely unusable for about 5 minutes. i plugged it into its power source and pushed the power button, the charge light, power light and bluetooth light came on as well as the numlock light. but thats as far as i got, i read this thread and removed the ram thinking this may be the problem, but now as i push the power button, it stays on for 3 seconds and turns back off. any ideaas?

  • This works. I purchased a battery and coin cell battery and it didnt fix the problem. I reseated the RAM memory and it did not work. What did work was removing both memory sticks and using one at a time.. this got the comp to start up fine.

  • I had the same problem, Caps Lock flashing, the turn off on an Inspiron 9100.

    Replaced the memory with 2 new 256 meg & replaced the hard drive, started right up & running like new.

    In fact it seems faster than when it was new.

    If it doesn’t fit FORCE IT!
    If it breaks then it needed to be replaced anyways.

  • Okay I'm really bad at computers, but I would like some help. I have kind of the same problems. My computer is a hp Pavilion. Today I pushed the turn-on button and the 'keyboard' turned on, and the small led-lights around the keyboars also blinked. But the screen did not turn on. And then the 'caps lock', 'num-lock' and 'scroll' lights blinked at the same time, maybe every 5-10 seconds, and kept on like that. It did not turn of itself. And then I tried to turn it off and turn it on again but it did the same thing again. And I tried to take the battery out, and in again and turn it on, and it did the same again. What should I do ? 

  • You don't give the model number but my repair experience with HP Pavilion dv2000 thru dv9000 has been bad mother boards. When you take them apart you will usually find the capacitors with swollen tops & sometimes a brown substance oozing out the split top.

    The only fix is to replace the motherboard.

    If it doesn’t fit FORCE IT!
    If it breaks then it needed to be replaced anyways.

  • ooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyy god, I took out one memory module, put cover back on, and it fired up just fine.

    YOOOUUUU DAAA Man

    thank you sooo much.

  • Thanks.  That worked for me.

  • Many Many Thanks To You...

    Its Working for me... Yes