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Dell Inspiron 2200 suddenly won't start up

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I have an Dell Inspiron 2200 running XP. The battery has died so it's been running plugged in with the battery removed (battery is shot). Yesterday, it just wouldn't start up. The LED indicator lights on the unit come on for a few seconds and then go out. No warning signs previously! As a matter of fact it's been running surprisingly well for an old laptop. I realize it's an old computer, and has probably had it, but it's apparent demise was so sudden!! Any ideas? The charger/power supply brick light is on and since the lights on the computer do come on for a while it is getting power!!!

Just after I posted this, hubby put the battery back in (this unit was given to me by someone who didn't want it anymore) and wonder of wonders it started up, but a screen for recalibrating the battery came up. It's supposed to take several hours so won't know for a while if this is it. Ever hear of recalibrating a battery?? It's a new one on me.
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Ever hear of recalibrating a battery?? It's a new one on me.
??? I think I saw that on my laptop sometime ago ??? :D
It's probably measuring the battery to give you more accurate estimates on the Life (hours) remaining ...
In addition to the above.
The Bios [cmos] battery is needed as it powers all of the settings needed to start the computer.
With the battery removed it will revert to the default settings.
CMOS battery was replaced recently. After running the recalibrating feature, the computer booted up fine and worked for a couple of hours, then all of a sudden it shut down. Hubby seems to think there's a problem with the machine not being able to tell whether it's on battery or regular electric. The battery was reading 100% charged so even if the A/C isn't working it should still run. Could the charge have died that quickly? He had it plugged in the entire time it was on.
I would now run other tests on the computer.
Mem Test.
Scroll down to 'Download (Pre-built & ISOs)'
'Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)'

Download the ISO file from one of the links above to your desktop.
Then burn the ISO to a Cd.
Start the Pc using the Cd and run the memory test overnight or for at least 8 passes.

It is best to run a full scan on individual Ram sticks if you can.
Or run the test but if any errors are shown - then remove all sticks of Ram and test each Ram stick one at a time.

Guide to using Memtest86+
Hard drive test.
SeaTools for DOS tutorial - ISO to CD
Check for overheating.
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Thanks, will try these test tomorrow.
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