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by: mediaracoon December 19, 2012 4:56 PM PST

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Dell Latitude E520 not working...

by mediaracoon - 12/19/12 4:56 PM

Hi folks, here is my problem;

Got this machine from ebay. It never worked. Seller 'no longer registered' so Im stuck with it. Please help me fix it..

I press the power button, fan gets going, slight buzzing noise then dvd drive spins once. About 10 seconds go by then there are 2 beeps, then the front panel displays 1 2 3 in green.

Ive looked around the forums and tried a few things:

Checked all connections on drives etc and on the mainboard (only connector not actually connected is marked p7 which is for the floppy; which is strange because the floppy is already connected to the mb via a different cable and there seems to be no place for the p7 to go!; so i removed the floppy connector at both ends and tried to power up
Same outcome as above

Reseated ram in all possible orders (all ram sticks work on another machine)
Same outcome as above each time

Replaced the hdd with a hdd from a reeeeally old machine
The outcome this time was the same except instead of the process taking 10 seconds it took 40 seconds. Also I could actually this hdd spinning a little whereas there was no activity with the original
Also during this 40 seconds 1 2 and what looks like the battery symbol were lit up in green, before going to the usual 1 2 3

Well that's as far as ive come. Any and all advice is welcome I'm willing to try anything here

Thanks in advance and sorry for going on wink

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