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Old 12-01-2004, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Dell inspiron 5100. It was constantly overheating and turning off so I took out the fan and blew it out (lots of dust that was probably causing the overheating). I popped it back in, put the keyboard back on, etc. Now when I start the computer, the power comes on but nothing else happens. I hear the fan running but the computer does not boot at all. The power light is the only one that comes on. Did I screw something up when I blew out the fan? Somebody suggested the motherboard is shot but I'm not sure. Any ideas?
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Maybe a short circuit. Make sure you didn't connect anything backwards.
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Old 12-01-2004, 01:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Only thing I did was pop out the fan component and then pop it back in. There was really nothing that I disconnected. I called Dell and went through their support stuff. He had me disconnect everything (memory, hard drive, dvd drive, etc, etc) and try to boot. It didn't boot still and he said that points to the motherboard. How ironic that my warranty ran out a month ago and now they want lots of $$ for a motherboard and installation. I just want to be sure that's what it really is before I go and replace such an expensive part.
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Bump. Any other ideas?
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I would check the FAN cables again. Also check you battery.
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Thanks. My fan cable is hooked up correctly. What about my battery should I check? Sorry for the questions, I'm not exactly computer savvy.
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Dunno, voltage, try a different battery
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