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T i m
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      01-29-2011, 01:20 AM
Hi all,

After a little 'knock' daughters, b/fs Inspiron 1545 started flashing
it's power LED in what looks like 4 x short amber then one long white.

We tried /another/ power adaptor and battery (unknown status but
presumed ok from another 1545) but with no change so today on a long
shot and because it was cheap we changed the power connector.
Unfortunately it didn't help. ;-(

So, would anyone have any idea how we could proceed please. Is there a
list of codes that is actually telling us what the problem is?

The BIOS reports the battery present, healthy but 0% charge?

Cheers, T i m
 
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Christopher Muto
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      02-01-2011, 02:02 AM
On 1/28/2011 8:20 PM, T i m wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> After a little 'knock' daughters, b/fs Inspiron 1545 started flashing
> it's power LED in what looks like 4 x short amber then one long white.
>
> We tried /another/ power adaptor and battery (unknown status but
> presumed ok from another 1545) but with no change so today on a long
> shot and because it was cheap we changed the power connector.
> Unfortunately it didn't help. ;-(
>
> So, would anyone have any idea how we could proceed please. Is there a
> list of codes that is actually telling us what the problem is?
>
> The BIOS reports the battery present, healthy but 0% charge?
>
> Cheers, T i m


a blinking amber light indicates that the system is receiving power but
some device is malfunctioning or incorrectly installed. this commonly
the result of the memory modules having been partially knocked out of
their sockets. unplug the power, remove the battery, and then open the
memory module door, and remove and reinstall the memory. it could also
be the hard disk, optical drive, processor, and so on... but it is most
likely just the memory. detailed instructions on how to remove/replace
parts is found in the service manual...
http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...n/SM/index.htm

 
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T i m
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      02-01-2011, 04:51 AM
On Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:02:44 -0500, Christopher Muto
<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>On 1/28/2011 8:20 PM, T i m wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> After a little 'knock' daughters, b/fs Inspiron 1545 started flashing
>> it's power LED in what looks like 4 x short amber then one long white.
>>
>> We tried /another/ power adaptor and battery (unknown status but
>> presumed ok from another 1545) but with no change so today on a long
>> shot and because it was cheap we changed the power connector.
>> Unfortunately it didn't help. ;-(
>>
>> So, would anyone have any idea how we could proceed please. Is there a
>> list of codes that is actually telling us what the problem is?
>>
>> The BIOS reports the battery present, healthy but 0% charge?
>>
>> Cheers, T i m

>
>a blinking amber light indicates that the system is receiving power but
>some device is malfunctioning or incorrectly installed. this commonly
>the result of the memory modules having been partially knocked out of
>their sockets. unplug the power, remove the battery, and then open the
>memory module door, and remove and reinstall the memory. it could also
>be the hard disk, optical drive, processor, and so on... but it is most
>likely just the memory. detailed instructions on how to remove/replace
>parts is found in the service manual...
>http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...n/SM/index.htm



Thanks for that but FWIW we have completely stripped the machine down
(to the bare chassis) and re-assembled when we changed the power
connector, including removing the memory, hdd, optical drive etc but
with no change whatsoever. ;-(

As I think someone has said elsewhere, laptops are going the way of
cars where they are getting so 'bright' they can only be worked on by
specialists with access to the right kit and codes. I mean something
as simple as a charging problem used to be fairly easy to fix, as did
fitting a car radio (without having to tell the CPU all about it!).

Cheers, T i m

 
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Christopher Muto
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      02-01-2011, 06:49 AM
On 1/31/2011 11:51 PM, T i m wrote:
> On Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:02:44 -0500, Christopher Muto
> <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>
>> On 1/28/2011 8:20 PM, T i m wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> After a little 'knock' daughters, b/fs Inspiron 1545 started flashing
>>> it's power LED in what looks like 4 x short amber then one long white.
>>>
>>> We tried /another/ power adaptor and battery (unknown status but
>>> presumed ok from another 1545) but with no change so today on a long
>>> shot and because it was cheap we changed the power connector.
>>> Unfortunately it didn't help. ;-(
>>>
>>> So, would anyone have any idea how we could proceed please. Is there a
>>> list of codes that is actually telling us what the problem is?
>>>
>>> The BIOS reports the battery present, healthy but 0% charge?
>>>
>>> Cheers, T i m

>>
>> a blinking amber light indicates that the system is receiving power but
>> some device is malfunctioning or incorrectly installed. this commonly
>> the result of the memory modules having been partially knocked out of
>> their sockets. unplug the power, remove the battery, and then open the
>> memory module door, and remove and reinstall the memory. it could also
>> be the hard disk, optical drive, processor, and so on... but it is most
>> likely just the memory. detailed instructions on how to remove/replace
>> parts is found in the service manual...
>> http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...n/SM/index.htm

>
>
> Thanks for that but FWIW we have completely stripped the machine down
> (to the bare chassis) and re-assembled when we changed the power
> connector, including removing the memory, hdd, optical drive etc but
> with no change whatsoever. ;-(
>
> As I think someone has said elsewhere, laptops are going the way of
> cars where they are getting so 'bright' they can only be worked on by
> specialists with access to the right kit and codes. I mean something
> as simple as a charging problem used to be fairly easy to fix, as did
> fitting a car radio (without having to tell the CPU all about it!).
>
> Cheers, T i m
>


since you seem to know it all i won't bother with assisting you any
further. good luck. /plonk
 
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T i m
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      02-01-2011, 08:26 AM
On Tue, 01 Feb 2011 01:49:34 -0500, Christopher Muto
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>>>> We tried /another/ power adaptor and battery (unknown status but
>>>> presumed ok from another 1545) but with no change so today on a long
>>>> shot and because it was cheap we changed the power connector.
>>>> Unfortunately it didn't help. ;-(
>>>>


>>>
>>> a blinking amber light indicates that the system is receiving power but
>>> some device is malfunctioning or incorrectly installed. this commonly
>>> the result of the memory modules having been partially knocked out of
>>> their sockets. unplug the power, remove the battery, and then open the
>>> memory module door, and remove and reinstall the memory. it could also
>>> be the hard disk, optical drive, processor, and so on... but it is most
>>> likely just the memory. detailed instructions on how to remove/replace
>>> parts is found in the service manual...
>>> http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...n/SM/index.htm

>>
>>
>> Thanks for that but FWIW we have completely stripped the machine down
>> (to the bare chassis) and re-assembled when we changed the power
>> connector, including removing the memory, hdd, optical drive etc but
>> with no change whatsoever. ;-(
>>
>> As I think someone has said elsewhere, laptops are going the way of
>> cars where they are getting so 'bright' they can only be worked on by
>> specialists with access to the right kit and codes. I mean something
>> as simple as a charging problem used to be fairly easy to fix, as did
>> fitting a car radio (without having to tell the CPU all about it!).
>>

>
>since you seem to know it all i won't bother with assisting you any
>further.


I guess had he actually read and understood my op he may have realised
I might already have done all he suggested (re-seating memory, hdd,
optical drive etc) so I'm not sure what actual 'help' he thinks he
gave? And it's not like I wasn't grateful for the feedback and said as
much?

> good luck. /plonk


Ah, a 'killfile announcer'. Probably says more about him than me then.
;-)

T i m

 
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