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END on keyboard boots, sort of

Last response: in Systems
March 6, 2012 11:49:21 AM

Weird problem with a Dell Studio laptop.

When plugged into AC, power light on laptop flashes fast, blue. Power button controls nothing. Pressing "END" on the keyboard brings life to laptop (keyboard backlight, fan, and CD drive sounds like it initializes).

Battery is OUT of the laptop, will not work with just the battery. Battery is fine. Tried with another battery and another AC adaptor. Tried resetting the power supply. No difference in symptom.

Have removed HDD and Memory, replaced the CMOS battery. No change. No POST codes.

Motherboard dead? This unit did power on once plugged into AC.
a b D Laptop
March 6, 2012 12:24:48 PM

when the battery is plugged in windows tool bar what is the battery icon showing? so your batteries are not charging?
you can change the power button action in the power settings