Dell Latitude D410 netbook
· Intel Pentium M 760 (2.0GHz, 2MB Cache, 533MHz)
· 40GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
· 12.1" XGA LCD (non-glossy)
· 512MB DDR2 400MHz SDRAM (now 2GB)
· Microsoft Windows XP Professional (now windows 7 post error, see below)
· Dual pointing device via touchpad and pointing stick, multiple mouse buttons
· 6-cell battery and 9-cell extended life battery (both ExpressCharge)
· Media Bay expansion
· Intel PRO Wireles 2915 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi
· Ports: 3 USB 2.0, 1 PCMCIA, 1 SmartCard slot, headphone jack, microphone jack, D-Bay connector, Optical drive connector, monitor out, ethernet port, modem jack, ac power jack, security lock, infrared port.
Last week the machine rebooted itself at random and froze on the Dell splash screen (approx. 10% of the loading bar filled). Having had many computers with many problems, most heat related, I left it a while and restarted.
It worked but was slow to complete POST. 10 minutes into windows and it rebooted and froze again. This is the general way of it now, it will work intermittently but more often than not it is frozen on the splash screen.
Steps taken thus far:
Checked and remounted RAM (single 2gb stick): result = seems to encourage it to complete POST but will still reboot shortly after, mainly when running a program, most recently an official BIOS update .exe file.
In case of software issues have formatted HDD and installed win7 ultimate 32-bit for that fresh, crisp laptoppy feel: result = win7 runs fine (minus some drivers which had to be manually acquired, no biggie) but computer still suffers from random restarts and regular flash screen freezes.
Have tried full discharge as I read that it might help (that’s how desperate it is getting): result = no change, none expected.
Have also read it could be the CMOS battery which is dying, haven’t tried replacing it yet however.
I strongly suspect it is MOBO failing or something similar that will result in a replacement rather than a repair but as laptop is only used browsing and occasional documents it seems better to try to repair if cheap or DIY.
Thanks for any ideas, I’m computer capable but not an expert so willing to try most things.