Diagnostics / flashing lights.

Discussion in 'Dell' started by T i m, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. T i m

    T i m Guest

    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
    T i m, Jan 29, 2011
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  2. 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/edocs/systems/ins1545/en/SM/index.htm
    Christopher Muto, Feb 1, 2011
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  3. T i m

    T i m Guest

    On Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:02:44 -0500, Christopher Muto
    <> 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/edocs/systems/ins1545/en/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
    T i m, Feb 1, 2011
    #3
  4. On 1/31/2011 11:51 PM, T i m wrote:
    > On Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:02:44 -0500, Christopher Muto
    > <> 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/edocs/systems/ins1545/en/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
    Christopher Muto, Feb 1, 2011
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  5. T i m

    T i m Guest

    On Tue, 01 Feb 2011 01:49:34 -0500, Christopher Muto
    <> wrote:


    >>>> 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/edocs/systems/ins1545/en/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
    T i m, Feb 1, 2011
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