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Won't power on, possible motherboard issue?

Have a dell inspiron that at first wouldn't do anything when I'd try to power it on. Tried the routine easy things and then decided to try a new power adapter, still nothing.

So I let it sit for a while and then decided to open it up and check all my connections. After putting it back together the light now comes on when I plug it in and it tries to turn on when I press the power button, fan starts spinning and then it just stops, still nothing from the monitor. Did notice that the memory card gets really hot when I try to turn it on, is this an indication that my motherboard is toast? If not, any ideas what else it could be?

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How about the cheapest thing?

In reply to: Won't power on, possible motherboard issue?

I don't see model number (more than the series please) so how about the old CMOS battery? Some PCs just stay in reset when it's too low. Is this worth a dollar to try or did you get out the Volt meter?

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Model number clarification

In reply to: Won't power on, possible motherboard issue?

Sorry the model number is Inspiron 14 3451 . Also checked the cmos battery and it's putting out 3.0v

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3.0V is the lowest I'll accept.

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That to me tells me it's been around many years. It's the cheapest possible part it could be.

Is that the Dell I3451-1001blk ? That could be in warranty and under a year old.

Try that and unplug the RAM, HDD, ODD, WiFi and what else and see if it comes up, even to complain. I see used models for 249 so repairs usually cost more than a replacement today.

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Model

In reply to: 3.0V is the lowest I'll accept.

I believe that's it, it just comes up as Inspiron 3451 when I put the service tag in the dell site. Sadly the warranty just ran in August.

I'll try a new battery and unplugging everything the next chance I can, thanks for the help.

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