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MDesigner
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E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

Is this normal behavior?  During BIOS and bootup, it's off.. but once I'm in Windows, it's always on.. and when caps lock is actually turned on, the LED lights up brighter.  I turn caps lock off, and it dims a little.  This, combined with the fact that my LCD won't turn off when the lid is closed, is starting to worry me.  I think this unit might be defective.
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jocase
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

Yeah,the caps lock thing is a little wierd, but it works, right?
As for what happens when the lid is closed, go to Start>Control Panel>Power Options>Advanced Tab and look at the selection of settings by clicking the drop down arrow next to "When I close the lid of my portable computer" and select what you want it to do.
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MDesigner
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

Nah.. those settings are just for going into standby & such. Turning off the display should be a built-in hardware thing. The switch is defective on my unit..gotta get a replacement.
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tonebalone
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

Then be prepared to send the next one back, and the one after that. If you go into the power section of the video properties, then click "Advanced", you'll find a section to choose what you want your laptop to do when you close the lid. My guess is that it's set to "do nothing"

Message Edited by tonebalone on 06-08-200609:27 PM

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MDesigner
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

Umm.. yeah. Just FYI, that option "When I close the lid" is for standby or hibernate. There is NOT an option like "turn off the LCD." Why? Because it's supposed to be an automatic reaction when you close the laptop lid. My old Inspiron 8600 did it, and my roommates' Inspiron 6000s do it too.

Go ahead, I ask anyone with an E1505 to set that option to "Do nothing" then close your lid. If EVERYONE with an E1505 has the same effect mine does (the LCD stays on), then maybe Dell decided to not turn off the LCD anymore when the lid closes.
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jocase
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

The options that appear are the options from which you can choose.
 
It is possible that Dell did decide to change these options.
 
Let us know if Dell takes the notbook back and if it gets fixed the way you want it.
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tonebalone
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

If everyone sets it to "do nothing" and "nothing happens", then what is proven? 
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MDesigner
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

I highly doubt Dell decided to change the way the LCD display turns off when you close the lid. Tech support claims it's a faulty switch, and they sent me a part to replace. We'll see if it does the trick or not..

As far as the caps lock, they say the part will fix that too. Oddly enough, the caps lock light was working ok until I started installing the Dell drivers. I don't know which one made it start to work incorrectly though.
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tonebalone
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

I'm not surprised that a Dell driver caused a problem: when I installed a Dell patch for the Audigy 2 ZS in my desktop, the headphones no longer caused the speakers to mute.  It's pretty frustrating.
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Mcoffman
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Re: E1505 - Caps lock light is always on

Just Fyi,  mine "when I close the lid" is set for stand by.  When I close the lid my screen turns off.  I am using always on settings.

 

If your unit is set to stand by and it is not turning off then it is probably the switch!

 

Marie

 

If yours is  

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