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j1h380 Jan 23, 2005, 02:47am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have a Dell Insiron 5150 - 512MB Ram, Pentium 4 3.2Ghz....... have had it for about 7 months & has run perfect. I have full anti-virus protection & internet security & have never experienced any problems, until now. For the last week or so, when ever I run a large program, the computer will compleatly turn off (think of the power going out & you're using a desktop computer). I have a battery, which is charged & good. I have disconnected the power cord & run the laptop on the battery, testing it & it's fine. But when I go to Adobe Photoshop, or Macromedia Flash & start working, I will be 5-10 minutes into it & The screen will go black & all power is totally shut off. I have used these programs in the past, nothing has changed. This has just recently started. I do have two other computers & they all run on a wireless home network. The ONLY thing that has changed is that I replaced one a few weeks ago with a newer model. Although these larger programs are not hosted off any other computer, I was wondering if that might have something to do with it, or if this problem is caused by something else. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. This Dell laptop is my main computer & to be honest, I don't have a clue what to do & it's driving me nuts.


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Kash Jan 23, 2005, 03:10am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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There's a possibility that it's a heating issue. If the processor gets too hot, there's a sensor on the mobo that will send a signal to something, I think it's something in the BIOS, that tells it to shut off... If you can, get a can of air and blow the living crap out of it..

Sincerely,
Kash

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j1h380 Jan 23, 2005, 04:36am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thank you for the quick reply. I have been browsing around the post's & have read simular problems. I opened it up & blew it out. I keep the laptop as clean as possible, but wow, the dust that flew out was amazing. Only problem is after I closed it up & turned it on, there is power, all lights come on, I can hear the fan, although it's not nealry as loud as it used to be. I have a wireless mouse & the light comes on for it, but the screen was totally black, as if it wasn't on. After putting the lid up & down a few times, it started to brighten up, to a bright black, dull dark navy blue, which tells me it's on. I even plugged a CRT monitor in & tried to change over to it, but nothing. Any suggestions????

Joe K Jan 24, 2005, 12:06am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Jessie,

What exactly did you remove when you opened it up?

Joe K

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j1h380 Jan 24, 2005, 01:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I removed all screws on the bottom of the laptop & the 2 screws ontop (close to the joints of the LCD lid). I flipped it over, didn't even compleatly remove the bottom, just lifted it up. I could see the fan, I blew it out & tons of dust & crap flew out. I snapped the bottom back into place & put all screws back in. When I first turned it on, the screen was jet black, as if it were off. But all lights came on. I did notice that when the lid was open & the computer was on, the top lights by the power button were off (caps lock light). So I hit the caps lock to see & then pressed down on the computer itself close to the indicator lights & then the light came on. I figured I didn't screw it in tight enough. So I flipped it back over, took all screws out & then screwed it back in. I turned it on & all indicator lights come on, but screen is still jet black. I plugged a CRT monitor in & after re-doing the screws, the CRT works fine. It's just now my LCD isn't working. The CRT is a good temp replacemeant, but I also travel with this thing & the way it is, I can't use it other than at home.

Joe K Jan 30, 2005, 09:15pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Try removing the power button plastic, then the Keyboard, take a closer look and reseat the LCD video cable and or the whole Video card itself.

Joe K

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j1h380 Feb 03, 2005, 12:56am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Joe,

I just returned from a business trip & saw your post. I did exactly as you described & found that the cable to the video card had been pulled out. I would have never thought of that or even knew how to find it in order to fix it. Thank you so much!!!!!!!! The LCD is back to normal & working perfect. Again, thank you!!!

Joe K Feb 06, 2005, 10:09am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello,

Glad to hear all is well again,


That Inspiron 5150 has several issues that we are currently working on and have developed solutions for. If you have any power problems with that system, let me know, we'll be able to offer you an afforable solution.

Joe Kabalan
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Joe Kabalan
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kou yang Feb 06, 2005, 08:17pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i've recently experienced very similar issues w/ my 5150 as well about 3-4 days ago..

the screen, whether it be the LCD or CRT monitor would go blank as if the computer was shut off.. My power light would still be on though, but i would not be able to do anything to the computer to get the screen to reapear..

Now if I shut off the LT and turn it back on using the Power button, everything will be back to normal.. The paranoid part is that I dont know when it will shut off, so I"m stuck saving my work every minute or 2 to minimize lost data on my programs i'm working on..

I'll try what was mentioned in the replies to see if it solves my problems.. Initially i thought I had downloaded a virus that was causing this.. but hopefully its something that can be easily remedied..


j1h380 Feb 06, 2005, 09:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Joe,

I'm so very greatful for your advice, as my problems have been solved, thanks to you. But I'm curious as to what other issues or problems you have found with the 5150?? I've had mine roughly 7-8 monthes & it has run perfect. I guess my recent problems were caused to a lot of dust in the fan, causing it to over heat. And due to my own carelessness, in removing the bottom to blow out the fan, I had caused the cables for the LCD to detatch. But now it's running perfect again & I now know to keep an eyye on the fan, making sure to clean it out every so often. So now I'm just curious as to what other problems you know of or have experienced, maybe others that have the 5150, like myself, can avoid such problems. Thanks again for your advice & helping me solve my LCD problem.

On a side note..... I also have an IBM Thinkcenter desktop. I posted about that problem in the "General" section. It also runs perfect. In the past, I've used it mainly as a server, running my 5150 & other laptops off of it. I've been getting more into games lately, Final Fantasy XI, WarCraft3 & so on & wanted to use the desktop with the big 21" screen. This is when I noticed that when trying to run any kind of lengthy or large progam, it puts itself in a sleep or standby mode which I can't get it out of. At first, i thought the same thing, heating issue. I blew out the fan, but no change. It's a Pentium 4, 2.8 Ghz, 768 MB Ram, XP Pro w/SP2..... even running a virus scan, will cause it to slip into a stanby mode & it stays there until I hold the power button down for about 20 sceonds. I've disabled everything to do with standby & hybernate & even have gone into the Bios & disabled the ACPI settings. Still does the same thing. Any ideas on what could be causing this?

Joe K Feb 09, 2005, 01:04am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello,

The following issues may surface with the Dell Inspiron 5150: (all usually at the 1 year mark)

1) Random shutdowns resulting from pressure / movement being applied at various locations on the top and bottom casing.
2) Random shutdowns resulting from LCD screen movement.
3) Severe video distortion / white screen fade.
4) AC Power / DC Jack failure.
5) No power on, turns off as soon as power button is pressed.

All the above conditions are usually repairable.

There is a condition that we currently cannot repair. This condition is apparent by noting the activity of the front "status" Power and battery lights. These two lights will flash together every 6 to 7 seconds, this condition is a severe power fault on the motherboard.


Joe Kabalan
AQS Computer Services
2572 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Toll Free: 1-866-204-4677
Local: 716-832-2473
Email: aqs12@adelphia.net

http://www.aqstech.com
http://www.laptopbios.com

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
Rob Esteva Feb 10, 2005, 05:44am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have exactly the same problem as kou yang Feb 06, 2005, 08:17 PM .....

The screen just goes blank but the power light is still on and it the fan still on.....

Any solutions? The same as the first one? Blow it out?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Rob

Joe K Feb 10, 2005, 08:07am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Rob,

I would start by trying to blow it out. See if movement or applying pressure on the casing has any effect on promoting the problem.


Joe Kabalan
AQS Computer Services
2572 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Toll Free: 1-866-204-4677
Local: 716-832-2473
Email: aqs12@adelphia.net

http://www.aqstech.com
http://www.laptopbios.com

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
Rob Esteva Feb 10, 2005, 11:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi mate,

It seems to happen when I put slight pressure on the left-side - below the keyboard.....does this help?

Cheers
Rob

Mike Jakubowski Feb 11, 2005, 05:00pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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4) AC Power / DC Jack failure.


Hello,

I got my inspiron 5150 16 months ago and all of a sudden the ac jack wouldn't work. The change was not very gradual it all happened over 2 nights. Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks,
michael.jakubowski@students.siena.edu

Joe K Feb 12, 2005, 10:33pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello,

Please see these links:

http://p068.ezboard.com/fi5150usersfrm2.showMessage?topicID=10.topic

http://www.aqstech.com/5150.html


Joe Kabalan
AQS Computer Services
2572 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Toll Free: 1-866-204-4677
Local: 716-832-2473
Email: aqs12@adelphia.net

http://www.aqstech.com
http://www.laptopbios.com

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
pl2959 Feb 14, 2005, 11:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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What should I check if the laptop's temperature up to 100% and shut down suddently? thanks

Joe K Feb 15, 2005, 12:45am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I highly suggest you get comressed or canned air and blow out the CPU fan / cooling components.

Joe K

Joe Kabalan
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pl2959 Feb 15, 2005, 09:36am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi Joe,

It is clean around the fan. Is it possible for me to open the laptop to check it? How? Any pictures to guide me to check the laptop? Any reason that laptop run 100% processing? Thanks.

Joe K Feb 15, 2005, 10:07am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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L,

See if you can promote the problem by slightly twisting the body of the laptop. Place one hand on the left side (near CD Rom) and place another on the right (near battery) and twist slightly while the screen is open and the laptop running.

Please post if the laptop appears to have powered off.

Joe Kabalan
AQS Computer Services
2572 Sheridan Drive
Tonawanda, NY 14150

Toll Free: 1-866-204-4677
Local: 716-832-2473
Email: aqs12@adelphia.net

http://www.aqstech.com
http://www.laptopbios.com

Joe Kabalan
http://www.AQSTech.com
Laptop / Notebook BIOS Repair
Motherboard Defect Solutions
pl2959 Feb 19, 2005, 08:27pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I open it and the fan is clean. Call Dell and they suggest me to replace the fan, but my warrenty is expired. I have to call again to find out how much I have to pay for fan or extend the service plan. Any other way will be cheaper than call dell. thanks.


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