Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 8500 Notebook ?

Notebook System Crash

\015 My wife was using my laptop (Dell Inspiron 8500) and the thing just crashed. \302\240She was using a program called Second Life. \302\240She said the graphics went a little weird and there was an error message. \302\240The screen went black and emitted a couple of beeps. \302\240She left it alone and then it let out a long, continuous beep for about 2 minutes. \302\240She pressed and held the power button until the laptop shutdown. \302\240Now when we try to turn it back on it ends up going to a blank dark screen. The laptop powers down simply by pressing the power button once. Sometimes I can see the screen suggesting I press F2 as an option (like before) but nothing happens. \302\240Occasionally it will boot up all way to the starting screening displaying the system loading but it eventually goes black. \302\240I took out the hard drive and backed it up to another hard drive. \302\240Does anyone know a way I can fix this problem? \302\240I thought I might be able to restore the system, but I can find a restore CD that came with the computer. \302\240Plus I can't interact with the system. \302\240My end all solution will be to get another laptop if I can't fix this one.Thanks in advance for any help.\015

Answers :

Hey there SeanJohn79, have you tried hooking an external monitor to your laptop. You can move the video output back and forth, from external, LCD + external, LCD using Fn + F7. Hopefully this will allow you to see the necessary info for diagnosing the problem. Good Luck. Keep us posted! In case you are not aware, these are some display related key functions:
\015\012Fn + F3 = turn off lcd
\015\012Fn + F8 =Switch computer screen size
\015\012Fn + F12 =Hibernation mode, power for 4 secs releases.
\015\012Fn + F4 = Standby mode, press Fn key to return to normal
\015\012 If you haven't tried switching some of these, give it a shot.
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