Dell :: Inspiron 1520 Won't Boot At All

Jan 24, 2010

I just uploaded this video of my problem, you should be able to stream it, if anyone has any problems then let me know. And sorry for the quality, I only have a camera phone to hand, you should be able to see what happens anyway...hopefully

Basically what happens is, I press the power on button of my machine, everything appears to be normal, the power LED turns on, the Hard drive activity LED flickers on and the DVD drive "clicks" (im sure some Dell owners know what I mean by this) BUT then all the lights go out (besides the power) and nothing is shown on my screen, no BIOS loading, nothing.

Does anyone know what might cause this?

I tried yesterday to get it to work but after about 7 hours I just gave up, nothing I did changed anything (I thought the CPU/GPU may of come unattached from the motherboard but after reseating them the problem was still there

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Dell :: Boot Problem With Inspiron 1520

Apr 1, 2009

i discovered a problem with my refurbished inspiron 1520 that i just bought....when i use battery power, it will not boot into windows..

when i use the ac adapter, it does boot into windows......on battery power, it will get to the screen with the bar going acrosss, just before windows shows up....what is causing this.?

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Apr 16, 2013

I Have an Inspiron 1520, 2gb ram, 8400M GSI installed a webcam driver and tried to reboot.Num-lock Scroll-Lock Caps-Lock on not flashing. No beeps. No dell logo. After 5 secs, it restarts. I don't have a battery. The power indicator is on. My AC adapter light is also on.What I've tried so far:Removed both 512 ram 1 at a time and still the same results. Tried other ram.Unplugged and plugged back in the CMOS battery.The battery works on another laptop. Removed WLan card.

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Dell Inspiron 1520 :: Restored But Hangs During System Boot

Dec 21, 2014

Laptop has not been used regularly for quite a while.  The system booted up fine and loaded Windows Vista with no problem.  Everything seemed to be in working order.  Decided to wipe the system, load productivity applications,  and give it to my grandson who is starting college. I depressed the F8 key during start up and entered the recovery routine.  I selected the "restore to factory settings" option. 

The system indicated it was first formatting the drive and then restoring the system.  When I restarted the computer I got to the Dell Boot Screen.  Displayed on the screen is the Dell logo, "Inspiron 1520 Series", progress bar, and "BIOS Revision A03".  The progress bar fills from left to right and restarts the process in a perpetual loop.  When I power the system off the on; the first boot cycle seems to take a lot longer for the progress to fill, but after that it loops with the progress bar filling quickly.The system no longer responds to the F8 key being depressed during start-up. 

Consequently, I can not repeat the "Restore to factory settings" process. I have tried to boot the system several times with the same results.  When I press F12 during and get "boot options" choosing "Internal Hard Drive" or "Onboard NIC" makes no difference.  When I run the diagnostics option from the F12 screen; the system displays the heading: "Pre-boot System Assessment Build 4106" and passes all tests.

It appears to me that the recovery to factory settings routine has in some way damaged the system.  It had been working fine before the procedure and hangs during boot afterward.  How to get the system back into proper operating condition with the factory settings restored.

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Dell :: XP Won't Boot 1520

Oct 26, 2008

After rebooting I got an error message that I was missing hal.dll and that windows could not stat. Note: XP has been working great for about 8 months now.

I got this message after trying to boot in safe mode as well.

I put the XP installation disk in and went through the recovery process but no dice. It just loads up the dell logo then goes to a black screen but no more error message. I can hear the hard drive spinning.

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Dell :: Can't Get 1520 To Boot From Anything (not Even DVD)

Mar 2, 2013

Yesterday I noticed that the machine had rebooted itself and was stuck at the green bar. I powered down and turned it on again, and got the "Windows did not start properly" screen. 

I chose Safe Mode, but partway through the boot, it restarted again and went back to the same screen. 

No matter what I choose I can't get Windows to boot. 

So I then put the DVD in the machine and it would not boot from there. It went straight to booting from the hard drive with the same result. 

I changed the boot sequence in the BIOS so that the DVD was first, and it still would not read from the DVD. 

Giving up in disgust, I tried again several hours later. This time it would read off the DVD so I thought I was on the road to recovery. 

But it still doesn't boot. Most of the time I am getting to a black screen with a large white cursor on it, and go no further. 

One time, and one time only, I got as far as the menu you get when you start with the DVD, I chose repair my computer, and then it proceeded to sit there and do absolutely nothing again.  [Note also - it took a very long time to go from the black screen to the Vista screen - way longer than normal]

So I now suspect a hardware failure. Hard Drive? RAM?  I can on occasion see the hard drive light flashing for extended periods of time. 

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Jul 20, 2007

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Mar 20, 2009

So I'm trying to upgrade my ram, right now I have 2Gb that the system sees, however when I crack open the back all I see is 1 slot that has 1 chip in it which is a 1GB chip...

Does anyone know where the other RAM slot is?..

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Oct 9, 2009

Recently my fan has been making a lot of noise whenever it starts up.

Sometimes it sounds like it's getting caught on something as it spins and it trips for a few seconds. Other times it makes a high pitched, not particularly loud but noticeable, noise,

or it'll sound like it's blowing out a lot of air, usually more then it really is. It's also made a sort clicking sound before, similar to the noises a processor on a normal computer might make when loading or booting or something, but I know it's for sure coming from the fan

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Dell :: My Inspiron 1520 Needs Some TLC

Sep 5, 2009

First of all I wanna say that I'm a new member on this site. I've checked it out a few times and it seems that people get good help and tips so I decided to register too.

Anyway I bought an inspiron 1520 right about 2 years ago. It's my first laptop and I havent had any troubles with it whatsoever and it's been surving me great.

However 2 years of wear and tear have taken its toll on the outside plastic cover of the computer. One of the corners is cracked (the one to the right of the volume and play/pause buttons) the metal part is a bit bent but it's nothing serious .......

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Dell :: R.I.P Inspiron 1520

Aug 30, 2009

A month after getting my new toshiba (insignature) and letting my sister being to use my old laptop because her 9 year old system decided to fail at life.. the computer decides to fail completely.

I have no idea what the issue is... The laptop will turn on, and turn on I mean the power light will come on for a second or two.. and then the light with go back out and the computer is completely off

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Jan 21, 2009

I have an Inspiron 1520 with a GeForce 8600M GT graphics card.
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My problem is, that the TV-Out doesn't work anymore... does work, in the way that I can figure out some image on the TV, but it's all black&white and flickering. Also, when Windows boots up, I can't see the "Welcome" screen, it's just black,

and suddenly the desktop appears with all the loading apps. It's 100% TV-Out related, because I recently reinstalled Windows, and it went just fine until I tried again the tv-out (which still did not work).

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Sep 22, 2008

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Mar 28, 2009

I reformat my Dell inspiron 1520..first i installed the dell media direct and install the OS..

then i installed the driver...then after that my laptop keeps on having says an error has occured..

windows will automatically shut down to prevent damage..keeps on having error..i dont know what to do ( help pls...i must use the safe mode to prevent this error

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Nov 30, 2008

After installing XP media center on my inspiron 1520 i am unable to get it to recognize usb devices. I looked in the device manger at the drivers and it is missing some for the usb. I am not sure which one to download. I tried installing some and they did not work. I went to dell's site and did not find anything.

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He says he's restarted several times since then and the only thing which seemed to "light up" the screen was taking the power out; allowing the laptop to run on battery. However, just 5 minutes ago, even though the laptop was on battery, the screen has gone dark. He can barely make out MSN conversations by shining his lamp onto the screen but he can't see the mouse cursor.

The laptop is around 1 and a half years old.

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Mar 23, 2009

My Dell Insipiron 1520 (lappy) with a DVD-RW combo has started to make a weird 'high pitched 'chuggy' sound whenever I turn on the laptop or when I eject or put in a disc.

Also when it starts to read something and when you tell it to write. The last time I checked, I can still read DVD game discs but trying burn a DVD just doesn't work. It doesn't think that anything's in there.

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Jul 11, 2009

I've had this laptop for about 7 months now and it's progressively running hotter and hotter while I game. I now have the back of the laptop propped up with some books so that there's more air circulation underneath it, but even so I will often hit 96 degrees Celsius when playing games such as Call of Duty 4, Crysis, Farcry, and World of Warcraft.

I will admit that I force clock the cpu to maintain a core clock of 1.60 GHz. If I don't force clock it it will just drop my cpu clock down to 800 MHz and sit there giving me 10 fps and lower in any game. My video card (8600m gt) runs fine and cool so there's no problems there .....

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however, having done that i've now totally lost the use of the inbuilt mic...has anyone else had this problem? Is there a way of fixing this or am I limited to having one or the other

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Feb 23, 2009

Me and my sister have 2x 1520's and I'm looking to upgrade my RAM. Both laptops have 2gb of RAM and still contain the original build from Dell.

I have a few questions...

1. They're both running Vista Home Premium -- what's the most RAM it can handle?
2. Do they contain 2x 1gb sticks, or 1x 2gb stick?

I know there's tons of different RAM available, so could someone please link me to a 2gb stick that'll fit and work in my laptop? The cheaper the better, but ideally with a decent warrenty and from a respected company if possible.

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I'm sure Dell will charge me a ridiculous amount of money to fix it, so I was going to have a computer savvy friend do it for me. Does anyone know what the part(s) I need is called and where I can find it. Also any directions to fix it would help so I can tell my friend exactly what to do

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Ok so i have the inspiron 1520 with core 2 duo 2.0ghz 2gb of ram and a 160gb hard drive

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and probably the HD to 500gb soon

but the question is what is the best graphics card that can replaces the 8400m GS that is in there now and how noticeable of a difference will it make?

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This is a novice question, but will my XD card fit into the SD card reader on my Inspiron 1520?

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I don't want to force anything in but thought that I should check whether it is indeed possible before I go and waste money

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Jan 31, 2010

So according to Dell's Support page the latest BIOS for the Inspiron 1520 is A09

However when I go to the support page via my Inspiron 1520's Service Tag it does not show that BIOS update, infact no BIOS update is shown at all. Currently I have BIOS Version A03.

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One month ago I bought 4G*2 memory on and install them on my Inspiron 1520,

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I change one with a old 2G mem, and it was work, 6G,thanks for the god, then I install them on my friends Dell D630 and they works fine, 8G memory,the two notebooks are all PM/GM 965

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