Find the answer to your Linux question:
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 13
ok, i have this laptop, it's a dell inspiron 3500 it's not booting though when it starts i hear a fan for a few seconds and then it stops and ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    33

    my laptop


    ok, i have this laptop, it's a dell inspiron 3500
    it's not booting though
    when it starts i hear a fan for a few seconds and then it stops and nothing comes up on the screen, anyone have any ideas what it can be?

  2. #2
    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    CA, but from N.Ireland
    Posts
    2,414
    Sounds like something's seriously broken

    I guess it's not the hard drive as if it was, the computer would come on but not find an OS. It almost sounds as if the processor is overheating as soon as it is powered up.
    Registered Linux user #388328 || Registered LFS user #15880
    AMD 64 X2 4600+ :: 2X1GB DDR2 800 :: GeForce 9400 GT 512MB :: ASUS M2N32 Deluxe :: 4X250GB SATAII
    Need instant help? Try us on IRC -- #linuxforums on freenode

  3. #3
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    33
    Quote Originally Posted by smolloy
    Sounds like something's seriously broken

    I guess it's not the hard drive as if it was, the computer would come on but not find an OS. It almost sounds as if the processor is overheating as soon as it is powered up.
    how do you think i could check it?

  4. $spacer_open
    $spacer_close
  5. #4
    Linux Guru bryansmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    /Ontario/Canada
    Posts
    2,619
    Is the fan blowing really hard?

    I had a problem with overheating a couple of weeks ago. All I did to solve it was go to the computer store, pick up some compressed air and blow it into the fan. It has been working like a charm since.

    Bryan
    Looking for a distro? Look here.
    "There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience." - Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason)
    Queen's University - Arts and Science 2008 (Sociology)
    Registered Linux User #386147.

  6. #5
    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    CA, but from N.Ireland
    Posts
    2,414
    Quote Originally Posted by Spyro_boy
    how do you think i could check it?
    To be honest I don't know.

    Maybe this is a crazy idea, but you could open up the box, and try to power it on while spraying the processor with one of those air canisters you use to clear dust out the keyboard. That would cool it while it switches on.

    But like I said, that's a little crazy. Maybe you should just return it to the manufacturer.

    Unless any one else has an idea??
    Registered Linux user #388328 || Registered LFS user #15880
    AMD 64 X2 4600+ :: 2X1GB DDR2 800 :: GeForce 9400 GT 512MB :: ASUS M2N32 Deluxe :: 4X250GB SATAII
    Need instant help? Try us on IRC -- #linuxforums on freenode

  7. #6
    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    CA, but from N.Ireland
    Posts
    2,414
    Ignore me.

    Bryan's idea is much more sensible.
    Registered Linux user #388328 || Registered LFS user #15880
    AMD 64 X2 4600+ :: 2X1GB DDR2 800 :: GeForce 9400 GT 512MB :: ASUS M2N32 Deluxe :: 4X250GB SATAII
    Need instant help? Try us on IRC -- #linuxforums on freenode

  8. #7
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    33
    Quote Originally Posted by bryansmith
    Is the fan blowing really hard?

    I had a problem with overheating a couple of weeks ago. All I did to solve it was go to the computer store, pick up some compressed air and blow it into the fan. It has been working like a charm since.

    Bryan
    haha thanks, hmm, i just need to figure out how to open this up lol..
    without damaging it any further

  9. #8
    Linux Guru bryansmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    /Ontario/Canada
    Posts
    2,619
    I read some stuff on opening my laptop to get inside...not what I would be doing, it was way too risky.

    If stuff is clogging the fan, after you blow it, the rest will blow out with time.

    Bryan
    Looking for a distro? Look here.
    "There can be no doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience." - Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason)
    Queen's University - Arts and Science 2008 (Sociology)
    Registered Linux User #386147.

  10. #9
    Linux Guru smolloy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    CA, but from N.Ireland
    Posts
    2,414
    If you do what Bryan said then you don't need to open your laptop. Just get a canister of compressed (for about 5bucks from Fry's if you're american) and spray it into the fan.
    Registered Linux user #388328 || Registered LFS user #15880
    AMD 64 X2 4600+ :: 2X1GB DDR2 800 :: GeForce 9400 GT 512MB :: ASUS M2N32 Deluxe :: 4X250GB SATAII
    Need instant help? Try us on IRC -- #linuxforums on freenode

  11. #10
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    33
    Quote Originally Posted by smolloy
    If you do what Bryan said then you don't need to open your laptop. Just get a canister of compressed (for about 5bucks from Fry's if you're american) and spray it into the fan.
    hmm, alrighty,

    Bryan, you're from canada? cool!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •