Solved Is my Dell Inspiron 1525 Motherboard damaged?

June 19, 2011 at 04:03:49
Specs: Windows Vista Home Basic, Dual Core 1.86Ghz/3GB Ram

My son may have dropped the laptop whilst it was turned on but not from a great height - like 10cm. It continued to work fine. But when I came to turn it back on later that day it wouldn't boot up. It would begin to power up and I would hear the optical drive come on and the power light on the front came on for about 5-10 seconds but then then it would just switch off on its own. No screen display. No hard drive activity. Any attempt to turn it back on gets the same result. Same thing happens when the drives are physically removed so I guess they're not interferring. I would entertain any suggestions. Any ideas???

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#1
June 19, 2011 at 09:51:43
More likely a power issue. DC input connector may be damaged.

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#2
June 19, 2011 at 14:24:23
Thanks Jefro,
With the information I gave to Dell in an email they told me it is probably the mobo. I took it to a tech and he said the mobo was likely the prob. Is there some way that I can tell for sure if the DC connector is damaged? If I take out the PS board should I be able to see something which will confirm a DC connector problem?

Thanks for your help.


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#3
June 19, 2011 at 15:16:51
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Look for mechanical damage. Jack may be cracked or broken. Connectors that go to board may be broken or solder loose or damaged. Board in area could be broken.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#4
June 20, 2011 at 04:22:32
I couldn't see any mechanical damage or any damage to the PS jack or board. Given that I didn't know if it was PS or mobo I have proceeded to replace the mobo with a refurb from Dell which included the PS and other daughter boards. I cleared the CMOS and, apart from a bit of a hiccup when I first tried to boot it up, it is (for the most part) working like a charm. So I flashed the bios (A16 to A17) and now I seem to have a new problem. Windows (Vista Home Basic) Update has gone haywire. When I open up Update I get the usual window but the text which should say "Important Updates are Available" now says "#ActionCustomImportantInstallTe and the other phrases that usually appear in this window have similarly turned to nonsense. I've checked the HDD for bad sectors and it is clean. What do you think is causing this to happen? How do you think I should go about fixing this?

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