After pressing power button, laptop starts, but turns off after about 4 secs.

when it was working, my inspiron presented one of those screens saying "encountered problem, if this is first time..." well, soon screen would not turn on, and now any attempt to re-boot lights lights, fan whirs, but all stops after about 4 seconds. Any ideas?
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  1. Sounds like some type of hardware failure.
  2. What were you doing when the error screen popped up?
  3. Well, as it turned out, we contacted Dell who had us reload the operating system. I actually turned it over to some of our IT folks so I don't know how they were able to keep it on long enough to do anything. Kirk
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