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Old 03-05-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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I have a 2006 Dell E1505 laptop (with Windows XP Home Edition). The computer has been running fine lately (no viruses, no bsods, etc.). This morning, after leaving the computer in standby mode, I came back about an hour later to a computer that would not come back into operation. After turning it off and trying to restart it, it shows there is power to the system, but the hard drive doesn't work (the hard drive light flickers just once after I hit the power button, then goes dark). The power source is working fine.

I've tried rebooting and hitting F2 or F1 multiple times to try to get into BIOS and reset the boot order so I could use a recovery CD, but I can't even get into BIOS. Literally nothing ever comes up on the monitor.

If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it.

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By chance do you know if there are any service manuals/diagrams for some of this hands on work for a computer repair newb like myself? Most of that sounds simple enough, but I've never done any internal computer repair. I'm willing to try, just want to know which part is which. Thanks.
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You can usually get the Service Manual from Dell Support.

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Ok, I've gone through everything on this list except checking the heat sink and reseating the CPU. And from what I've read, my computer has an integrated graphics chip, so I can't do anything there. Are those two items I skipped very likely to be the issue?
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Hi did you remove and reseat the hdd since you said that was your issue
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Hi did you remove and reseat the hdd since you said that was your issue
Yes, but no change.
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Ok is the drive shonw in the bios try tapping F2 or delete on booting or you can boot and watch the splash screen bottom left hand corner and the key you tap to enter the bios will be written there
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Ok is the drive shonw in the bios try tapping F2 or delete on booting or you can boot and watch the splash screen bottom left hand corner and the key you tap to enter the bios will be written there
Yes I've tried that, but I never get anything on the monitor, not even a flash of light. I've even tried hooking up to an external monitor, but I get nothing on that monitor either. Some on other boards have suggested it's probably the graphics chip or motherboard. And since my graphics chip is probably integrated, I can't really test it.

I was going to ask you guys if a repair shop/tech would charge me to diagnose the problem? I assume they would as they probably wouldn't want to tell me the problem and have me go fix it on my own. And if they do charge to diagnose, is there an average charge I can expect? Thanks.
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Hi if you have no real experience with this type of work then take it in they will charge most likely it will be a board issue
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Hi if you have no real experience with this type of work then take it in they will charge most likely it will be a board issue
Would you happen to know what a national average is for this? I have to wonder if it's even worth it.
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Sorry but that you would need to check in your area I may not even be in the same country it could start around £25 in some parts of the uk around $40 usa to double that
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If you want to try and save some files from the HDD, you can pull the HDD out of the computer and attach it to a USB Adapter and attach it to a working computer.

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