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Dell Laptop - Vostro 1510 Won't Turn on

by utahraptor / December 5, 2009 7:19 AM PST

My laptop won't start up when i turn it on. I hit the power button, the fans starts up and then stops, the cdrom makes its typical startup noise, then the lights for num lock, caps lock, and something else come on and the light with the icon with the 9 in it starts blinking. That's all it does. The screen stays black, as though its not being powered at all.
I haven't been able to find anything on this specific computer and what info I have found, such as taking out the battery and AC power and resetting the computer don't seem to work. Another thread mentioned reseating the cables, but I have no idea how to do that.
Please help! I have finals this week and I really need my computer!
Thank you.

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Since the cable idea is a dead end.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 5, 2009 11:48 PM PST

Call up Dell and get a quote on repair. If you forgot to backup your files, read the Cnet Storage forum top posts about how to get the files out.

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this worked for me
by vinay018 / June 13, 2010 3:15 PM PDT

i had the similar problem , switching off the laptop and removing the battery and fixing it again when the power is low worked for me.

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Flashing 9 lock Symbol Solution!
by gracec06 / December 20, 2011 6:53 PM PST

The only solution i have found for the flashing 9 lock symbol is to remove the battery, then remove both (if there is 2) sticks of memory then replace one in the opposite slot. Plug in the power adapter and try restarting. That worked for me, once it started i checked for updates and then turned it off and replaced the second stick of memory and then the battery and while unplugged restarted again.
This is the second time i have gotten this fault, and no-one seems to know what it is. It seems to be some kind of error with the system state but i cannot find a reason as to why that is. But as long as my solution works i don't mind too much.<div>Hope this helps.

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from experience
by KadianT / July 8, 2015 2:19 AM PDT

Your laptop will not start as a means of protecting the CPU from overheating. The problem is not with your hard drive as computers can turn on and show some kind of display without the hard drive
More than likely your CPU FAN spins for about 3 seconds then stops and when it stops, you will get 3 beeps from your laptop: 1 long and 2 short.

Either your motherboard has failed and need replacing or your RAM. If you have spare RAM (RAMs are cheaper than motherboards) then replace that first to see if the issue is resolved otherwise replace motherboard

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Re: experience
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 8, 2015 2:44 AM PDT
In reply to: from experience

It's unlikely this will help the OP after 4 years.


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