I had tried that previously for 30 seconds, Did it again for full minute, per your advise, still not working. It did light up for a little longer (few seconds) then black screen.
Same with either f8 or f2. Screen flashes, goes black, blue power led on front is stays on.
Thank you for your time. It is not in warranty, do you have any idea what the repair could cost?
I replaced the mother board and fan. Still have the same problem but more symptoms to discuss.
I bought a dock and saw data on the hard drive, so I loaded the data on my other computer.
Put in the new (used) mother board. I got it to boot up everything seemed to be ok. Ran for about 1/2 hr. Then it went black and the same thing happened as before. But now I noticed that if I closed the cover and opened it quickly the screen would come back on for a second or 2. After doing this numerous times it fired up and worked for a while.
About this time it did a chkdsk, and deleted the following:
index entry traces.fx in $130 of file1179
index entry edb.log in index$130 of file 1308
index entry adb00194.log in index $ of file 1308
I took a picture of this screen (I'm not good enough to remember all of that!
after that it booted up and worked for a while then died again.
tried to boot it again, went through the same thing, screen flashing, close and open cover, chkdsk, it deleted different files but this time I didn't get a picture, (phone batt died) it started up ran for a short time died again.
Sorry so long winded, but am going NUTS!
I tried to hook it up to my TV, if the image stayed long enough on the laptop it would also be on the TV.
disconnected all power, AC & DC, held on button down 30 seconds, plugged in AC power, same thing---hard drive spins, screen flashes, goes black all in 1 second.
I don't remember at what point I noticed the following. You had asked me if there was a faint image on the screen, at one time last night there was. I haven't noticed it today however
sorry it took so long to answer. I didn't realize you had answered.
it went through post and the desktop is up, I can see it with the flashlight.
Everything that is normally on the desktop.
It also says that new updates are available. I don't know what for though.
The tag on the bottom
model number PP41L
input 19.5v 3.34A/4,62A
express service code XXXXXXXXXX /p>
service tag (sn) 14LTVJ1
is that f5?
no change with either FN/F4 or FN/F5
I will do. Thank you so much for your help.
I ordered the inverter and saved the link to the video.
One more question: How do I pay you for your time this time, I don't feel that the initial $43.00 was sufficient.
I guess I lied, I have yet one more question: How can I be assured that I can get to you in the future?
Hi RichardI finally got around to installing the inverter, no joy, same problem.I bought a hard-drive dock, all the personal info is there. I have now loaded it onto my other computer. I also bought recovery disks on line for Vista. When I put them in the drive and open to view the files the only one I seem to be able to access is "TOOLS" then when I click on "RESTORE" it says it is starting to reformat the hard-drive but the a window pops up stating that access to "TOOLS" is denied.
While I was waiting, I tried a number of things and all of a sudden it sounded like a gun went off and the screen started to flicker. I unplugged the power supply and everything seemed to be OK. I got on the internet, checked email, went through the documents folders and even ran a video. It ran for about an hour on the battery. I shut it off thinking that the problem was solved (that the power supply was the problem). Ordered a new power supply (haven't received it yet). Booted it up yesterday, on the battery, ran for 5 minutes, screen went black but it's in the background, acts the same way as original. I'm back to square one.
I just hooked it up to my TV. It was the same originally, (flash, dark screen etc.)but now I'm able to watch Hulu on the net and the display (computer) is also up. Has been running for about 15-20 minutes with no problems.
I also found that others have had this same problem with Dell 1545. This is a link to what they tried. http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3519/p/19359235/19995583.aspx
I looked at the old mother board, pin 7 looks good on it but I didn't know how to check the fuse(F1) with it soldered in. Don't know what the pin or fuse is like on the replacement board.
My son was out today and he said he thought it might have been the sub woofer on my surround sound that blew. His did and he said it sounded like a gun shot. It was on at the time in the other room (my wife was watching TV.) I haven't had a chance to check any of it out yet, hoping to get to it tomorrow. As you know, it's not easy to check out a mother board without taking the damn thing apart, can't just swing the door on the tower open.
I did discover one thing: the laptop works just fine with an external monitor. I hooked it up to the TV and was able to navigate the desktop and compute as usual, even after the screen on the laptop went black.
The following is still happening and it confuses me as to why:
I noticed that if I closed the cover and opened it quickly the screen will come back on for a second or 2. After doing this numerous times it will fire up and worked for a while.
I'm seriously considering it! Biggest problem is: this computer belongs to my wife and she also has a desktop that she hardly ever uses, (because she has a laptop)(or had).
The thing I'm having trouble with is both mother boards act the same. I only heard the loud bang when I was working on it after I installed the used one and had been running it for a length of time.
Did you ever look at the link I sent. I know a lot of the stuff on the net is crap but it sounds like a lot of people have had this problem with this computer.
Not on the original motherboard. I'll take it apart tomorrow to look at the replacement board. I think I'll go to bed now and dream of a fix. Or maybe I can dream of something better. Catch you later