Dell Inspiron 1000 laptop will not power up

April 16, 2011 at 08:17:54
Specs: Windows XP
date 04/15/2011 I turn on the laptop surfed the web for awhile and after downloading the vlc media player I put the laptop into hibernate mode and called it a day well today 04/16/11 I went to turn the laptop back on and the only thing that happend was the lights flashed and the fan came only for a second and then nothing the laptop will not power up any suggestions?

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April 16, 2011 at 10:49:59
Laptop no video (or video problems), and battery, AC adapter, power jack T shooting.

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If there is nothing wrong with your AC adapter or it's connection and the jack in the laptop.......

Laptop main batteries usually work as they should for a year or so, then they begin to rapidly deteriorate. From what I've seen, by two years they cannot be charged to anywhere near their full capacity, and it gets worse after that.
They often develop internal shorts when they are older. If the battery gets HOT rather than just warm after you have attempted to charge it for at least a half hour, or after you have been using the laptop for a while with the AC adapter plugged in, it's definitely internally shorted and you must replace it. Internally shorted batteries getting too hot have been known to cause the laptop to catch on fire.

Tips about battery charging problems on Dell laptops - may apply to other makes.
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April 16, 2011 at 11:06:34
hello again from nitewatcher47 I removed the battery and tried only the ac adapter and still have the same problem with it only powering up for a sec any other suggestions thanks

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April 16, 2011 at 12:39:04
Have you, or is it possible someone else who had access to this computer...
- dropped it, or dropped anything on it, or otherwise exposed it to a physical jolt ?
- spilled liquid on it, or sprayed it with liquid, or exposed it to liquid such as rain ?

Has there been a power failure event that happened recently while the AC adapter was plugged in ?

How old is the battery ?
There are probably some laptops that will not run on the AC adapter by itself.

Are you sure it's only powering up for a second, or does it just have no video ?
No video on the built in screen is a common problem - in that case, the leds would still light up.
The fan often only spins briefly while booting, then goes off and does not come on again until a temp has been exceeded and it's needed to cool the interior of the case.

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August 7, 2011 at 06:35:52
HI,my dell inspirion b120 was dropped and will only power up for a few seconds and then turns off,and it will not power up when i remove the battery and use the A/C power only.Can i fix this,is it a problem with the power imput location?Any help would be great.Thanks,John

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August 7, 2011 at 07:28:01

" dell inspirion b120 was dropped..."

Dropping a laptop or netbook often damages the mboard or other components inside the case. That's a frequent reason something inside the case needs to be replaced.

Some laptops may not power up when only the AC adapter is connected and the main battery has been removed, however, if you're sure it was able to power up in that situation previously, something is definitely damaged.

You can have problems with the AC adapter powering the laptop even when you have not dropped the laptop.
See the info at the link I referred to in response 1.
You may find that when you wiggle the cord near the plug, or wiggle the plug, when it's plugged into the jack, the "charging" led on the laptop may go on and off when the battery is installed.

If you're willing to try figuring out what the problem is, search the web using: inspiron b120 manual - at least one of the "hits" will be on a Dell web site that has a Service Manual you can read online or download.

(I tried that with an Acer laptop - I found a free service manual for it's series on the web - it had been dropped - the corner of the mboard was obviously damaged - making sure all connections of wiring and cards inside the case were okay did not cure the problems. In that case the LCD display no longer had video immediately after it had been dropped and thereafter, and later on ALL the USB ports and the keyboard stopped working. At the very least, the mboard must be replaced.)

If you do that and can't figure out what is wrong, or otherwise, take it to a local place that is authorized to work on Dell laptops and have them analyze it and make an estimate of what it would cost to fix it.

Wther you choose to fix it yourself or you get them to fix it, you / they can often buy new or used mboards for Dell laptops on the web for a reasonable price (if yours is not a recent model, the price is often cheaper), but if you do that yourself you need to determine it's Dell part number - that's probably on a stuck on label on the surface of the mboard somewhere.

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August 19, 2011 at 15:18:44
Since you plugged in just the Dell laptop charger without the Dell laptop battery, and still had the issue, then it sounds like either the charger won't charge, or your motherboard is damaged. And judging by how you mentioned that you dropped the laptop, it could very well be the motherboard. Unless you're an expert on this sort of thing, I suggest you take it to the nearest laptop repair center to see what they think. But, fixing it may cost a lot, so if the laptop is already old, you could consider just getting a new laptop.

If it does end up being the charger, check out for a list of Dell models with corresponding Dell laptop chargers. They're 3rd party, but the AC adapters are certified and will match OEM specs.

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