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Inspiron 1420 boot problems

Inspiron 1420 with 1Gig of RAM, 80 Gig HDD (SATA).  It currently will not boot -- by that, I mean that I get NOTHING, no display, no BIOS screen....  I attempt to power up the system and I get a flashing CAPS lock light and after a few minutes, it just shuts off entirely.  I have tried removing the HDD and RAM and it will still not boot.  I have attempted to boot with 1 512 DIMM (tried either of the two) and still nothing.  To my understanding, if I removed the HDD and ram, the system should still spit out video via the BIOS, then supply me with an error right? 

Battery is fully charged, power supply is fully functional.

Any suggestions welcome.

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