Yes, I know, "laptop turns on then off" gives you a million pages on Google. I've googled, I've looked at a couple of forums and this one, but I still don't know what to do.
Latitude D610, WinXP, SP3.
I was on the internet, on a site I've used before with no problem. The laptop suddenly froze. Couldn't get task manager; everything was frozen. Had to shut it off with power button. When I tried to turn it back on, the lights came on for a couple of seconds and then it shut off. I disconnected the AC, tried to start up with battery. Got startup screen, looked ok; popup said my internet had "limited connectivity" but everything else looked ok. The minute I touched the pointy stick, it froze again.
Now I can't turn it on at all. With the AC cord in, the battery-charge light blinks indicating it's charging (battery would've been close to 100% when this happened). But with either AC (battery in or out) or on battery, I get the same thing: lights on, startup whir, then >poof< in about two seconds it shuts off. I can't start in safe mode. It doesn't stay on long enough.
I've vacuumed what is reachable. I am not particularly comfortable taking the case apart, I don't have an external monitor and I don't know how to "reseat RAM modules" or recalibrate BIOS or whatever the heck the other articles were talking about... and have not found anything helpful elsewhere.
I am hoping for some easy fix (yeah, I know: ha) ... due to other circumstances I just can't cope with trying to do major repairs on this. Obviously it's an older model, and it's had a lot of use. Hoping it's not just worn out, and that my files would still be ok on the hard drive.
Can anyone help?
Edited by Alliecat, 27 February 2015 - 12:45 AM.