My laptop won't turn on
August 25, 2010 7:56 AM Subscribe
My Dell XPS m1330 won't turn on anymore. How can I fix this?
posted by pemberkins to Computers & Internet (14 answers total)
I have a Delll XPS m1330. It is running Windows Vista, and it is no longer under warranty.
As of last night, the laptop was functional. This morning, I turned it on, reached the login screen, and booted to Windows normally. Shortly after booting into Windows, but before opening any programs, the laptop abruptly turned off. I tried to turn it back on to no avail. It was not plugged in at this point. I tried plugging it in, which changed nothing. I also tried removing the battery and turning it on while just plugged into the adapter, but that makes no difference.
Here's what it generally looks like:
When the laptop is plugged in, with or without the battery: I press the power button, and I see lights behind the power button and the WiFi indicator come on for about three seconds, and then it powers down again. There's no noise of fans or the hard drive.
When the laptop is on battery alone: I press the power button and usually only see a light behind the WiFi indicator, again for about 3 seconds. However, it sometimes lights up behind both the power button and the WiFi indicator.
I have since left it unplugged, and without the battery, for about 20 minutes. When I tried plugging it in again just now (still with no battery), I was able to reach the Windows login screen before it turned off again. Further attempts now mostly only accomplish the lights described above, but I occasionally reach the Dell bootup screen, although I get no further. This happens both when plugged in with no battery, plugged in with the battery, and on battery alone. (i.e. in each of those cases, I can occasionally reach the Dell bootup screen, but usually pressing the power button gets me nowhere.)
I'm going to go buy myself a hard drive enclosure so I can (hopefully) salvage my data... but is there hope for my poor laptop, or is it time to take out replace-the-laptop-loans? What might be the culprit here? How can I fix it?