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Dell Latitude D600 wont start!!

by petricap / November 25, 2008 9:25 AM PST

I had a Dell D600 for almost three years now, and a few hours ago I left to go out for a bit and I unplugged my laptop from the wall-outlet power adpater and put it to sleep. When I got back home the laptop would not wake up out of hibernation mode, so I held down the power button and shut it off. Happens occasionally.

When I tried to turn it on when it was just on battery power, all of the indicator lights flickered and the computer hummed for three seconds before shutting off; all of the indicator lights shut off unless I pressed the power button, even though the laptop was at full power.

When I plugged my laptop back into the wall outlet, the power indicator light did not turn on, and when I tried to boot the machine I achieved the same end result: flickering of lights then nothing.

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Try this old trick.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 25, 2008 10:40 AM PST

Remove the AC, the battery and then press and hold the power button for say 20 seconds. Release the button, put the battery in, connect the AC and give it a minute. Try the power button.

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dell Latitude D600 wont start!!
by petricap / November 25, 2008 10:48 AM PST
In reply to: Try this old trick.

Thank you,
I have tried what you have suggested and it did not work!!??
I do not know what to do?

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Then it needs repair.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 25, 2008 11:11 AM PST

Sadly what I think about leaving a machine in sleep, unpowered and such does not matter but I wouldn't do that again.

You didn't tell if you wanted to save the data so I'll mention you can remove the hard disk and put into some drive case.

As to repair, it's well known that repairs approach the price of a new machine.

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Brutal Workaround
by woodface7 / December 2, 2008 5:53 AM PST
In reply to: Then it needs repair.

I found this thread while searching for a solution myself.

My D600 has been doing this for a year. Tonight an Ebay seller offering one for spares said this was a well known D600 issue. Since they are a repair shop, they would probably have fixed it if it were do-able and economic.

They recommend applying 'gentle pressure to the keyboard' after pressing the ON button. I find brutal wrestling and shaking the thing is usually required, and it hasn't cause any damage yet! Flexing the body with one hand either side of the keyboard has the best startup success.

You would think this would be an insufficient power issue, but it's just the same on battery or mains.

Post again if you google a solution. I'll keep looking.

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hyp-hyp hourra for brutal workaround
by jldel / December 16, 2008 2:17 AM PST
In reply to: Brutal Workaround

had the same problem with my d600.
I start it now by holding on my two hands and pushing the on button. I supose I sqwiz the keybord and make a bad electrical contact to become good ....


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The twisting of the keyboard worked like a charm..THANK YOU!
by bellhollowskibowl / September 30, 2011 2:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Brutal Workaround

Have been struggling with the computer for hours -- simple twist of the keyboard this point I felt I had nothing to loose... you are a rock star!

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