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  1. thanks again, cmptrgy. I've tried the workarounds...

    thanks again, cmptrgy. I've tried the workarounds you suggested. No difference was noted in booting except the frayed wire, or other issue, is getting worse so cold booting is certain to fail soon,...
  2. Certainly your idea is worth a try. Thank you for...

    Certainly your idea is worth a try. Thank you for your 'outta the box' ideas...greatly appreciate. I'll shut down tonite and try your earlier idea then upon completion of the cmos batt ritual I'll...
  3. 'Appreciate your advice, winsong02. The laptop is...

    'Appreciate your advice, winsong02. The laptop is several years old (Intel Core2 Duo P8800 @ 2.66GHz) so cost of repair could prove excessive. 'Probably shouldn't ask this, but can you recommend a...
  4. Thanks, cmptrgy; I'll give it a go. The problem...

    Thanks, cmptrgy; I'll give it a go. The problem first arose during normal operation and as the lid was adjusted slightly an immediate reboot occurred. Then it could only cold boot when adjusting the...
  5. Thanks, Sudo15. I have a few concerns about using...

    Thanks, Sudo15. I have a few concerns about using a tech shop, primarily the cost vs laptop's actual value but I'm leaning that direction. Appreciate your time, ideas and helpfulness.
  6. Correct assumptions...I have had the laptop in a...

    Correct assumptions...I have had the laptop in a number of positions, including inverted both with lid closed / opened, without replacing the cmos battery and each time the laptop appears to be...
  7. This is so odd and confusing. Why would the...

    This is so odd and confusing. Why would the hinge problem correct itself after having booted...I can remember the hinge problem first caused reboots but now, since I have been able to boot after...
  8. I do reset the clock forcing a ping with windows...

    I do reset the clock forcing a ping with windows time each cold boot.

    I cannot allow hibernation because it will force me to cold boot. I allow the screen to turn off but otherwise keep the...
  9. Thanks, Sudo15. By repositioning just mean moving...

    Thanks, Sudo15. By repositioning just mean moving the laptop lid up & down. my first thought was a frayed wire, but once the laptop boots after the cmos bat is reinstalled, after the initial required...
  10. Thanks for this reminder. Apparently Dell updates...

    Thanks for this reminder. Apparently Dell updates the BIOS regularly. I updated from the A19 to the A34 but no change in boot oddity that requires unplugging and replugging the cmos battery. I live...
  11. Thanks for your help and feedback...more than...

    Thanks for your help and feedback...more than mighty confused, I'm lost in this problem. Yes, Win7 Pro OS 32bit is original. I had read about the light code but I don't see the code at my oddity of...
  12. yes sir...kinda hard not to find it. it's a...

    yes sir...kinda hard not to find it. it's a common 2032 button in a plastic sock with a 3 wire connect via female push plug right next to the system fan. Dell sells it for $12.95 plus $7 shipping. I...
  13. First, thanks for your help, feedback and time. ...

    First, thanks for your help, feedback and time. I can try a warm boot into safe mode, if that will suffice. Let me try to be clearer about this unusual problem. The laptop power button is 'dead'...
  14. Great reminder, thanks, numerous attempts in the...

    Great reminder, thanks, numerous attempts in the past to run the diagnostic via firefox failed but thanks to your suggestion i tried IE11 and ran the complete test. All hardware passed except the usb...
  15. Yes, a new CMOS battery from Dell was installed...

    Yes, a new CMOS battery from Dell was installed and no change in problem.
  16. Laptop boots only if CMOS battery is removed, then replaced

    this Dell Latitude E6400, win7pro, began to show a problem of spontaneous rebooting when the lid repositioned during operation, several days later it finally failed to boot. The power button 'l e d'...
  17. Agreed. I think the admin change may have been...

    Agreed. I think the admin change may have been offered as a 'critical update' to fix the problem of some users deleting the administrator account and thus not able to receive XP updates. Not sure,...
  18. Superb workaround! Many thanks for your helping hand

    'Really appreciated the simplicity, ease of use and superior "no loss" fix you provided.

    It is better than the registry edit I was anticipating since I can now use a standard account for greater...
  19. Lost Orig XP Admin Acct;need Registry Fix to bring it back

    I had this problem several years ago, I just forgot until this disaster. Absentmindedly added a new Admin Acct which caused the original XP Admin Acct to go away. There is a Registry Fix that will...
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