Inspiron 3200 with No Bios Screen (only BLANK screen)

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by opensource71, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. opensource71

    opensource71 Guest

    Hi all,

    Thanks a lot for reading me and for any help you might give me.
    I have the following problem on an old Inspiron 3200 that I need to
    fix up.

    When I turn on the power button, I see the power light goes on and
    hear the CPU fan spinning but there is absolutely no other sign of
    life: no bios screen and no hard drive activity. Just a BLANK screen.
    I have already tried to hook up the Dell to an external monitor, just
    to double check that the LCD was not dead, but, of course, nothing

    My first guess is that this laptop has a "power problem", but its
    battery seems to charge normally and hold its juice. The only thing I
    cannot be sure of is, if the battery still yields the right voltage

    I am not aware of the Inspiron BIOS battery condition.
    However, if the battery were dead, the POST should still run at its
    factory default settings, shouldn't it? Finally, if the laptop were
    locked by some security chip (actually, I do not have any experience
    with security chips behaviors!), I would still reckon that some sort
    of activity should happen on the Inspiron 3200.

    Has anyone experienced this type of problem before?
    Do you any suggestions, about how I can get this notebook to show the
    BIOS screen?

    opensource71, Feb 8, 2004
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    Jay Mcginn Guest

    I would be looking at a few things... first... could be the MotherBoard,
    RAM, or CPU...

    Other than that.. if you had it apart... mabey the hard drive isn't plugged
    in properly..

    Are there any beeps?
    Jay Mcginn, Feb 8, 2004
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    opensource71 Guest

    I removed the RAM on the expansion slot and nothing changed.
    I do not think the mobo has gone and the CPU seems working given that
    the fan goes on.
    The hard drive is properly inserted in its slot.
    No beeps: I wish I could get some BIOS signal!!!

    Any other suggestion?

    opensource71, Feb 8, 2004
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    Dan Shea Guest

    A working CPU fan is not necessarily indicative of a working CPU.
    A couple things, snipped from your original post:
    Yeah, you can be pretty sure. If it still holds a charge, it's still
    good enough.
    I'd also reckon that you should know whether it's got anything like
    that or not on it before you try fixing it.
    If it's at all possible to show the BIOS screen, hitting F2 when you
    start it up should do it. Frankly, I'm not so sure you've got a
    working CPU in that thing.

    If you're worried about the display, try htting Function + F8 to
    toggle the display to the external video and plug in a monitor.

    Dan Shea, Feb 8, 2004
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