Hi. Does anybody in this thread figure out what to do when this happens? I have a XPS 1530 and the exact same thing happened to me yesterday. When I tried to do the Fn + boot up, there's no sound beeping, only the 3 icons flash up, with the first one going on and off continously. My laptop is not under warranty anymore, so any help is greatly appreciated 😞
Hello everyone, I'm now having the exact same issue with my 3yr old M1730. It powers on the r/w arm moves one and the activity light blinks once or twice, then nothing. I have gone through and done the Fn + boot up and I do get tones after a little while + the num, caps, & scroll all blink.
I did contact Dell support who had me run a D 'key' + Boot up process and all that resulted in was a white screen with very faint fading colors at the bottom of my LCD. When I tried it again later on, the screen only turns a faint grey and no colors can be seen at all. The rep I spoke to suggested 2 things, 1.) Get a new LCD (which I am in the process of doing... $115) or 2.) Replace the system all together.
The two things I've deduced that the problem maybe is, 1.) The LCD has gone bad or 2.) The video-card has failed. I'm praying to dear sweet Jesus it's not the motherboard, but from what I've read here so far, since my Fn + Boot up resulted in tones, it couldn't be the video-card or the motherboard.
If anyone knows the exact solution to this issue please help me out, I'm currently being forced to use the library for internet access.
You may be up the creek, but here is a paddle. I had the same problem and it turned out to be the video card. The old video cards run hot and had a problem with bad solder connections. I replaced the card and have had no problems since (I also bought a cooler to keep the heat under control). I've read that you can cook the old card to remelt the solder, but I haven't tried that. Removing the card is a pain, but there are guides on line on how to do it. THe problem is that the cards are expensive and it's a tough choice to make when you'r enot sure it will fix the problem.
Glad to be of help. If you're going to upgrade, you might try cooking the card first (nothing to lose but time). Your hard drive should be fine. I did end up killing my boot sector when I thought the problem was with my hard drive, but I was able to reinstall XP and get everything working again. Good luck.
Hi Mike, It's been a while since I've visited the forum. In my case it was the mother board that went bad. I thought it was the graphics card overheating to begin with. In the end I had to bite the bullet and send it off to a third party IT engineer (as it's out of warranty). For £125 they'll run a diagnostic and fix any IC's that have gone down. In my case the mother board was not repairable and it was a case of having the laptop sent back with my £125 or pay towards a new MB. I chose the latter and it's been working fine ever since. It even plays MW3 with no problems. Terry.