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Dell 510m won't boot up

by TrumpyNZ / May 12, 2009 2:57 PM PDT

Hi all,
About three weeks ago, the hard drive in my 510m died.
I've since installed a new drive and went to boot it up yesterday.

The display came on and it was distorted and un-readable.

Has anyone struck this problem before?


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Hi, Trumpy:
by Osprey4 / May 16, 2009 10:24 AM PDT

Did you reinstall the operating system and all of your drivers after putting the new hard drive in?

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Dell 510m won't boot up
by TrumpyNZ / May 16, 2009 12:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Hi, Trumpy:

I never actually managed to get that far with the laptop.
The CD drive in the computer would not run up with the XP disk in there.

Thanks for your reply, Osprey.

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Dell 510m won't boot up
by TrumpyNZ / June 8, 2009 7:29 PM PDT

It's going in the trash tomorrow,
I won't be buying another Dell

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Actually ...
by Kees Bakker / June 8, 2009 7:34 PM PDT

we only have your opinion that the hard drive died. From what you tell now, it looks like the motherboard died. Did you do the necessary diagnostics before buying that new hard drive?

A died motherboard is a good reason to buy a new laptop, depending on its age. My daughter had the same experience with a Fujitsu Siemens laptop. So I bought her a Dell. Maybe you can try Fujitsu Siemens this time?


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by TrumpyNZ / June 8, 2009 7:49 PM PDT
In reply to: Actually ...

Thanks for the ad, man, just what I needed.

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by TrumpyNZ / June 8, 2009 8:04 PM PDT

Yes I did do the diagnostics and it said the disk had been damaged and it had bad sectors, hence the purchase of a new HDD.

So, you reckon my motherboard has failed?, what brings you to that conclusion?, experience?

It seems to me that Dell motherboards aren't up to the mustard, this is the 3rd Dell laptop that has failed like this, that I have owned.
The land-fill is filling up.

Look if there is ANY way that I can get back into BIOS, without the distorted screen, that would be a huge bonus, as to get the CD-ROM as the initial boot device.

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Re: distorted screen.
by Kees Bakker / June 8, 2009 8:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Actually

That's an easy conclusion.

Back from old days (the first PC's didn't have a hard disk, they only came into the picture when IBM announced the AT - A for Advanced - in 1983) PC's can run without a hard disk. The BIOS doesn't need one. The BIOS setup doesn't need one. With a normal boot everything up to and including the POST runs perfectly without hard disk. Booting the OS from it won't work, of course. Booting from floppy or CD (if present) should be fine, however.

So any issues up to that stage aren't related to the hard disk nor to Windows. A distorded screen points to a bad video card, and that most probably is on the motherboard.


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