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Old 7th January 2020, 09:42 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Hellbound View Post
Actually, it sounds ike problems in the power and/or charging. The light codes may very well be diagnostics; worth checking the manufacturer website. Two whites and an orange may mean something like "battery bad" or something.
Yeah, I think that's probably right..
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Old 7th January 2020, 11:23 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Yeah, I think that's probably right..
It may depend on the laptop, but you might try running it with no battery at all.
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Old 8th January 2020, 09:35 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Keyboard, Shmeeboard! Now the whole thing's dead.

Yesterday afternoon I was surfing away when suddenly everything went black and an orange light appeared on the front of the laptop. Hmm. I held down the power button to power it down, waited a couple of minutes, turned it on and it booted normally. Hmm.

That was good motivation for me to plug in the 2TB drive I got for Xmas and start backing stuff up. User directories, old data, etc. There's nothing particularly important on it anyhow. Got tired, closed the lid, and went to watch TV.

This morning I went in, raised the lid, pushed the button and...nothing. Just a blinking cursor on a black screen, after a brief Dell logo. So I'm on the newer W10 machine.

One other thing about the initial problem yesterday. This particular computer has a long history of "plugged in not charging". It did manage to charge a couple of weeks ago, but earlier in the day I had looked and the battery was at 60%. After I got it back up I looked and battery was at zero, plugged in not charging. I was suspecting that while messing with the keyboard I loosened the power cable and it ran out of battery, causing the crash.

I'm thinking that next, when I feel like messing with it, I'll unplug all external devices -- thumb drive, external disk, mouse and keyboard, even the monitor, before trying again. Perhaps I'll also unplug the power supply for a while. Maybe even pull the battery out.

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If you unplug everything from it, including the battery and power cable, and press the power button for a few seconds it can sometimes help as well. I'm not sure if it's been mentioned before since I kind of skimmed the whole thread.

I've seen it resolve a few issues. It definitely sounds like, apart from any other issue, you have either a bad battery, bad power supply, or bad connection to the laptop.
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It's running fine now, with all the normal stuff plugged in except storage devices. Still zero percent battery, plugged in not charging, however.
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