I picked up a second hand Dell Inspiron 1545 recently and the previous owner said it might have been "knocked" (which probably means thrown across a room lol).
On switiching the laptop on the fan fires up as does the HD (which he claims is new), but there are no power lights to be seen! (any thoughts on why not?) I get the Dell logo and it bleeps a couple of times and says "No bootable devices-- strike F1 etc".
Initially it was showing no HDD in the setup list but after removing both the HD and the optical drive and refitting they are both now showing!
There is a Windows 7 Key under the battery but i'm asuming if the HD is indeed new there will be no OS on it! I have tried all downloadable recovery discs and diagnostic discs from Dell but nothing does anything it tries to read the disc then brings me back to the error message!
So I dropped an XP disc in from my desktop and it starts to load up and run through some settings, then as it's says "Starting Windows" I get a blue screen saying it's shut down the install to prevent damage to the computer etc!
Any thoughts on what to do next? i've ordered a SATA to usb connector which should be here tomorrow to double check the HD but assuming it's ok is it just new Mobo time?
Many thanks in advance
Edited by dkw1972, 17 August 2010 - 03:23 PM.