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Inspiron 6000 9 Padlock issue

Everytime i swich my laptop (running on Windows XP) on the padlock is illuminated and the screen is black, apart from a white flashing underscore. Any ideas as to how i can resolve the problem?

Any help is much appreciated,


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LOL "padlock"!

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Sorry for laughing at you; I could NOT figure out what on earth this "padlock" thing was! You mean your Caps Lock or Num Lock indicator, correct? This is not a problem. Most computers flash all the lights on their keyboards when they boot up (I suspect they do it to indicate that they've checked all the hardware out, and found it functioning properly). As for the flashing underscore, well, my old Dell Inspiron 1501 always does that for a second (though it didn't used to). I don't think it's really a problem either. It just started doing that one day after I updated the BIOS. I think it might indicate that the BIOS is starting up or something like that.

Anyway, these are really non issues, though I'm sure they seem a bit annoying. There really isn't any way to prevent them from happening, though.

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Num Lock problemo.

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Forgive me for not being specific about the issue.

Ok, i know that all three lights flash when the laptop is first switched on and i also know that the flashing underscore also does that too....what my problem is, is that's all that's on the screen. All the time. Nothing else. I've also tried switching Num Lock off and switching the laptop off/on again, but to no avail.

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Ok, I thought there must be SOMETHING else wrong here (that other 'solution', I gave seemed WAY too simple!).

This seems to me as if it must be a problem with either the memory or the hard drive. So, the BIOS does NOT come up, correct? IF you don't know what it is already, the bios is the DELL screen that comes up and says your computer model # etc... I gather that it doesn't come up, though. If this is so, then that indicates a memory problem, because the BIOS should load, whether or not the hard drive is bad. Does the computer make any beeping noises or any noise at all? Sometimes there are certain "morse codes" that the computer beeps out to indicate a problem at startup. However, this does seem like a memory problem, unless there is something wrong with your processor/motherboard. It's also possible that one of the keys on your keyboard is stuck in the depressed position. This used to happen a lot with old desktop computers. But, I can't really guess the exact problem without examining the machine myself. So, maybe you should take it to a computer repair shop? They should be able to determine the problem within minutes if it's the keyboard or memory, and have it repaired in no time. There really isn't any way to test the memory yourself without an extra (and known to be working) memory stick. And the keyboard would have to be removed (which isn't too difficult. see dell support webpage for instructions) and unplugged to determine if it was causing the problem.

Anyway, that's the only possible problems I can think of without looking at the computer personally.

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Which model?

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