How to Use Forced ePSA to Recover from POST or Boot Failure

How to Use Forced ePSA to Recover from POST or Boot Failure



This article provides information on how to use forced ePSA to recover a Dell Latitude laptop PC from a POST or boot failure. Here, you can find information on what is forced ePSA, how to initiate forced ePSA on a Dell Latitude laptop PC and a video guide on how to use forced ePSA.

Table of contents

  1. What is forced ePSA?
  2. Initiating forced ePSA
  3. Related video

What is forced ePSA?

Dell Latitude laptop PCs have a recovery feature called forced ePSA. Forced ePSA can attempt to recover a Dell Latitude laptop PC from a POST or a boot failure so that additional troubleshooting may be attempted if required. Forced ePSA can help recover a Dell Latitude laptop PC in the following scenarios:

  • POST failure: The PC may show signs of power but will not display the Dell logo after powering on. Caps Lock LED indicator may not illuminate when toggled using the Caps Lock key. LCD screen (LCD display) may appear blank or black after powering on the PC.
  • Boot failure: The PC may display the Dell logo after powering on but will not boot into the operating system. This includes failure to boot completely or stalls while booting into the operating system.
Note: Forced ePSA is currently available only on Dell Latitude laptop PCs.

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Initiating forced ePSA

To initiate forced ePSA on a Dell Latitude laptop PC:

  1. Power off the PC.
    Press and hold the power button for 10-20 seconds until all the lights are off.

  2. Disconnect the AC adapter.

  3. Remove the battery.
    Refer to User's Manual of the Dell PC for more information on how to remove the battery.

  4. Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds to remove any residual power.

  5. Press and hold the power button, and plug-in the ac adapter to the Dell PC.
    Note: Do not release the power button until some text or the Dell splash screen is displayed. Do not connect the battery to the PC until the recovery process is complete.

  6. Dell ePSA diagnostic screen will appear.
    If the ePSA diagnostic screen does not appear, try recovering the Dell PC using the BIOS Recovery method. Refer to the Dell knowledge-base article BIOS Recovery options on a Dell PC or Tablet for more information.

  7. At the prompt 'Were color bars displayed? (Y/N)', press Y key to confirm.

  8. Press Esc key to stop ePSA and click Exit to safely exit ePSA diagnostics and reboot the PC.

  9. If the PC does not recover from a boot failure after exiting ePSA diagnostics, initiate forced ePSA again and allow the diagnostics to complete.
    Note: Running the complete ePSA diagnostics will help identify hardware failures on the Dell PC. If a hardware error does occur, refer to the Dell knowledge-base article Resolve Hardware Issues Using ePSA or PSA Diagnostics and Guide to Error Codes.
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Related video

How to use the no boot recovery feature Forced ePSA (Official Dell Tech Support) - (3:26) English only





Article ID: SLN304045

Last Date Modified: 11/07/2016 08:13 AM


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