Inspiron 1526 - Bad motherboards galore
I picked up a dell inspiron 1526 locally to tinker with and it seems to power on somewhat but the leds are not correct and the dvd drive will not even eject. The fans spin and the wifi led flashes orange / blue. From the research i have dones there seems to have been a ton of problems with the motherboard . Has anyone had experience with this particular unit? I hope to maybe be able to repair ir if it was bad caps or bad solder joints or something instead of just parting it out. Also i love this site but is there any other online community of laptop repair people - like i see guys advertising logicboard repairs and services other than just part swapping and i would like to learn more about this myself
I've just had a 1526 come to me for repair. Sometimes it would start properly, and other times it would turn but no display or life.
Many would assume this to be a reflow//reball/
I did the usual, of applying slight pressure to each corner of the board, and that made it always boot if done the right way - indicating at first, a reflow problem.....
Next, i took the lower panel/memory cover off, and found that slight pressure to the CPU heatsink made it boot perfectly.
Turned out on this one, it just needed the CPU reseating properly :-D
Maybe this could happen on others of the same model ? I can't say as this is the first time i've worked on this specific model. I've only seen bad CPU fittings before on Packard Bell R1000 series'.
I did a complete guide on fixing this problem on the notebookreview forums. Thanks goes to the contributors on this page for pointing me in the right direction. I hope my guide can help someone else in the future. I did it for you guys.
Can't believe how bad Dell computers are these days...