Print Page | Close Window

ISO Laptop - Dell laptop being trashed

Printed From: Utah Reefs
Category: Main
Forum Name: Out of Bounds (Off-Topic)
Forum Description: Posts that are not about fish, aquariums, corals, WMAS, etc.
URL: http://www.utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=81455
Printed Date: December 12 2017 at 10:41pm


Topic: ISO Laptop - Dell laptop being trashed
Posted By: Mark Peterson
Subject: ISO Laptop - Dell laptop being trashed
Date Posted: December 03 2016 at 10:29am
It won't boot up and the screen is blank. The square chip near the center of the photo below makes a plink sound every 2 seconds or so. It's like Dell made it to do this as some kind of alert notification. Confused



Background
Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop sat around unused for many months because it stopped working after a phone call was made to a web page popup tech service phone number and remote work was done by a microsoft repair scam. (yeah, she knows now that it wasn't Microsoft and it was a bad move Embarrassed )

Repair attempts
Battery removed - no change
Power Button depressed for 15 seconds to discharge circuits - nothing changed
RAM chip removed - no change, still plinking
Hard Drive removed  - still plinking, still won't boot up, screen still blank

Ideas on how I could fix it?  This is for my aunt Porcia. She thanks you in advance.

Aloha,
Mark



-------------
Reefkeeping Tips, & quick, easy setup tricks:
www.utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=9244
Pay it forward - become a paid WMAS member



Replies:
Posted By: christhjesus
Date Posted: December 03 2016 at 10:17pm
Run the hardware diagnostics by holding down the "Fn" key and then pressing the Power button. This will start the diagnostics and will emit beep codes.


Posted By: christhjesus
Date Posted: December 03 2016 at 10:26pm
Probably a bad Motherboard, might be cost effective to find one on eBay and swap it.


Posted By: sabeypets
Date Posted: December 03 2016 at 10:59pm
I have a 5lb hammer I use to tune my computer up.... you can borrow it if you like.......

-------------
Shaun
American Fork
"Would you leave a dead cat in your kitchen till tommorow?" Builderofdreams


Posted By: phys
Date Posted: December 05 2016 at 3:51am
Its a Dell eh? Probably would be best to introduce it to a Samsung galaxy note 7. Probably dead but can't really tell... Does the bios not show up at all? Could be a bad power circuit or the cpu is toast... Thats what that little square is attached to.


Posted By: Krazie4Acans
Date Posted: December 05 2016 at 7:08am
That chip in the picture is the I/O control chip. It should not be making any noise. There is only one way to fix this issue (without some pretty high end equipment) and that is to replace the motherboard. Fairly easy to do but may not be cheap depending on where you can find a replacement one. Good news is that her data and files are probably intact so getting them off the hard drive should be pretty easy with the right equipment.


-------------
My ocean.
90g (yup, won it!), 40g, 28g, & 10g Systems
PADI Advanced Open Water
http://utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=63568&title=krazies-nano-paradise" rel="nofollow - Tank Thread:


Posted By: Mark Peterson
Date Posted: December 06 2016 at 5:12pm
Thanks everyone for your input. Assuming the motherboard needs to be replaced, I called my aunt Porcia to give her the bad news. "It's about $120" I said. She replied, "Oh, the motherboard has gone out before and been replaced." 
"Well," said I, "if that is the case, then I'd recommend trashing this laptop and looking for another."

Assuming my advice was good, anyone have a laptop for sale? She liked this one with its touch screen function. Smile

Aloha,
Mark  Hug


-------------
Reefkeeping Tips, & quick, easy setup tricks:
www.utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=9244
Pay it forward - become a paid WMAS member


Posted By: phys
Date Posted: December 06 2016 at 5:18pm
There are a number of laptops available for around 200$ if money is an issue. Newegg, bestbuy, etc.


Posted By: rfoote
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 6:14am
Hey Mark - let me check my office today. I probably have a couple of used laptops, I'd sale cheap.


Posted By: Mark Peterson
Date Posted: December 08 2016 at 9:50am
Thanks. Yes, my aunt can't work/is on a limited income so something less costly is definitely wanted.
Aloha


-------------
Reefkeeping Tips, & quick, easy setup tricks:
www.utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=9244
Pay it forward - become a paid WMAS member


Posted By: phys
Date Posted: December 16 2016 at 12:55am
Still looking for one mark?


Posted By: Mark Peterson
Date Posted: December 16 2016 at 8:44am
yes

-------------
Reefkeeping Tips, & quick, easy setup tricks:
www.utahreefs.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=9244
Pay it forward - become a paid WMAS member



Print Page | Close Window