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Help!! Dell laptop dead. No power and blink light

by spunfunky / October 3, 2012 5:46 PM PDT

Hello, I have a Dell Lattitde 120L, 1.5G RAM. XP service pack 3 and when I push the on button it makes no noise and the light blinks on for about 2 seconds then shuts off and that's it. It was running good but overheating so I researched how to take it apart to clean the fan. I pulled the battery and touched the non painted metal surface to de-static. I pulled out the heat exchanger, DVD drive, RAM, network card, keyboard and removed the screen. I was super careful and followed the instructions but I forgot to try to start it after I pulled the battery out to drain the power.

I could really use your help and appreciate it very much.

Thanks again

John

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Typically
by orlbuckeye / October 3, 2012 11:04 PM PDT

the blinking light is an identifier of the problem. It's like some system's make a beeping sound and the say you hear 3 beeps it means maybe the harddrive is going so google Dell system no power blinking lights and you should get more information to isolate the issue.

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Sounds typical.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2012 2:43 AM PDT

The symptoms have me try the old generic reset noted in the CNET Laptop Troubleshooting forum then I try it without the HDD and ODD. Then I measure the CMOS Battery, replace if low then repeat the reset and test.

At that point if it didn't come back we put in a new motherboard.
Bob

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Help!! Dell laptop dead. No power and blink light
by spunfunky / October 4, 2012 4:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Sounds typical.

Hi Bob, I'm a newbie with repairs. What is the ODD and how do I measure the CMOS battery?

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Filler material.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2012 8:41 AM PDT
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