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Old 02-02-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 running Vista that will not boot up. When I turn the computer on the fan runs but the screen stays black and nothing turns on. The battery light blinks amber, and the wifi catcher light blinks yellow then blue. I thought it was the DC power jack/USB board, so I bought and replaced it, but that didn't do anything. It still does the same thing. I couldn't find any diagnostic for the blinking lights (the keyboard lights do not light up). I tried re-seating the RAM and anything else I could think of, but nothing works. Does this mean my motherboard is fried? How can I tell if it is that, or something else? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Hi this is from the manual

Solving Problems
Power Problems
If the power light is off — The computer is
either turned off or is not receiving power.
• Reseat the power cable into both the
power connector on the computer and the
electrical outlet.
• If the computer is plugged into a power strip,
ensure that the power strip is plugged into
an electrical outlet and that the power strip
is turned on. Also temporarily bypass power
protection devices, power strips, and power
extension cables to verify that the computer
turns on properly.
• Ensure that the electrical outlet is working
by testing it with another device, such as a
lamp.
• Check the AC adapter cable connections. If
the AC adapter has a light, ensure that the
light on the AC adapter is on.
If the power light is solid white and the
computer is not responding — The display may
not be connected or powered on. Ensure that
the display is properly connected and then turn
it off then back on.
If the power light is blinking white — The
computer is in standby mode. Press a key on the
keyboard, move the pointer on the trackpad or a
connected mouse, or press the power button to
resume normal operation.
If the power light is solid amber — The
computer has a power problem or an internal
device malfunction. For assistance contact Dell,
see “Contacting Dell” on page 50.
If the power light is blinking amber — The
computer is receiving electrical power, but a
device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly
installed. You may have to remove and then
reinstall the memory modules (for information on
removing and replacing memory modules, see
the Service Manual on the Dell Support website
at support.dell.com).
section 2 page 28 here https://support.dell.com/support/edoc...Y465HA01MR.pdf
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Sorry, I should have mentioned I have tried all those things. I meant I could not find a diagnostic for the wifi-catcher blinking yellow/blue. As those directions say, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed, is there a way to tell if that is the motherboard? Or can I tell if it is something else. Thanks for the help
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Remove the ram and boot the machine if it beeps the chances are the motherboard is ok if it does not beep then the motherboard is most likely shot
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Thank you very much. There are no beeps. I thought it was the motherboard, but had no clue to tell if that was the problem. Thank you very much for your input, have a nice day.
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Sorry it appears to be motherboard but at least you know
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