Although the second one might be saved for the moment by bringing it back to factory conditions via the restore CD that came with it. You only know when you try it.
Ok, I have 2 dell laptops, I'll give you the model specs and the problems I'm having.
Dell Latitude D505
I think 256mb RAM, 40 gb hdd, windows xp home. Not sure of the other specs.
When I press the power buttonthe power, hdd, and three lock LEDs light up. but nothing appears on the screen. Not even sure the screen is turning on.
Dell Inspiron B120
256 mb RAM, 40 gb hdd, windows xp home, same as the first.
When I press the power button it comes on normally, and then after the dell splash screen goes away it says that the battery is critically low and for me to switch to outlet power or change the battery. And even if i do that, it still turns off after it boots all the way.