I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 purchased December 2007 and no warranty remaining. Today, the laptop will not turn on. I followed these Dell troubleshooting instructions, but still no success:
- The AC adapter LED is green (when plugged into the laptop and when not)
- The LEDs on the battery are green (when the button next to them is pressed, when plugged into the laptop and when not)
- I removed the memory, hard drive, battery, held down the power button for 20 seconds, plugged in the AC adapter, and noticed the power light and fan briefly turn on and off. Pressing the power button does nothing.
If the motherboard needs to be replaced, a quick Google search shows prices around $200 (from a reputable PC shop). Dell's motherboard replacement documentation looks in-depth and time consuming and a repair I might consider leaving to a certified technician. On the other hand, a new low end Dell laptop starts for about $500, less for a refurbished model.