I have a Dell Inspiron 3000 laptop with an intermittent cold boot problem. Normally, when I power up, all the icons on the lcd display momentarily light up, the power on indicator lights up, the internal fan begins to spin then powers down and the cold boot sequence begins. Intermittently, all of the above happens, except the internal fan remains on and the cold boot sequence does not start. No beeps, a blank screen, the screen does not even power up.
I have removed all external devices including the additional ram, hard disk drive, floppy drive and external battery and have exactly the same problem.
I returned the laptop to Dell for service. They told me they could find nothing wrong and returned the computer to me. Of course, the problem is intermittent. Now the problem is increasing in frequency and I'm reluctant to send the computer back to Dell.
This is my first experience with Experts Exchage. I have 200 points to offer if someone can help identify the problem. I will take the computer to a local technician for repair, but want to know the potential source(s) of the problem first.