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    Default HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!



    I flipped the laptop over to remove the battery (after 20 minutes of usage) and something started moving inside it.

    I removed the hard drive and the express card cover and had a look but i saw nothing at first. After bouncing it around i started hearing what sounded like a screw moving inside the laptop from one place to another. So after lighting the HDD bay up i saw an actual screw lodged in between the SATA connector and the upper platform on which the RAM stick is installed!

    Anyway, i managed to remove it... It's longer than the HDD mounting screws and has blue paint on it. By this point i was really freaked out, so i thought i should calm down, but after lifting the laptop the noise IS STILL THERE. So, something is moving inside my Inspiron. As i shake it horizontally i can clearly hear a metal bit going left and right. I can hear almost nothing when moving it vertically. The noise is somwhere in the HDD bay area/express slot/speaker or whatever else is in that area.

    I worked up the courage to open it but after unscrewing the bottom screws and trying very gently to pry it open i chickened out and tightened them back up.

    Does anybody have any idea what is dislodged? I'm really sad because i like this laptop and to have screws falling out of it and hearing stuff moving around really upsets me

    So, anyway, please help me!
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    Dell 1520
    Intel Core2 Duo T7300 - 2GB DDR 667 - nVidia 8600M GT - 320GB 7200rpm WD3200BEKT & USB enclosure 160GB 5400rpm - 1280x800 screen no light leakage no graininess


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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    Call Dell and ask for a replacement laptop, or see if you can send it in to get fixed.

    But no, I do not know what is dislodged.

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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    ive seen a lot of weird things with computers...but this is a new one for me...definitely call up dell and offer to send that last picture to them...

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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    prob whatever that screw was holding down is what you hear. get a replacement imo
    See my guide on how to make a bootable usb stick: http://forum.notebookreview.com/sager-clevo/246530-how-flash-your-bios-dos-using-usb-stick.html new updated one will be here soon: http://forum.notebookreview.com/show...87&postcount=1
    laptop lol which one... we have 8 currently at home..
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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    I didn't buy it directly from Dell. I'm outside the US (Romania) and the distributor ordered this laptop and sold it to the reseller and i bought it. So i think warranty is with the distributor.

    What i'm scared about is that if i send it, they're going to keep me without it for some months and i'm also terrified about how they actually handle these things. I don't want to find scratches on it or the screen or any physical damage which would just lead to a fight with the distributor and me resending it again and essentially have no laptop until 2009...

    Oh man, this is really bad
    Dell 1520
    Intel Core2 Duo T7300 - 2GB DDR 667 - nVidia 8600M GT - 320GB 7200rpm WD3200BEKT & USB enclosure 160GB 5400rpm - 1280x800 screen no light leakage no graininess


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    Turion MT-34 1,8 GHz - 1GB DDR 400 - ATi Radeon Mobility X1600 - 80GB 4200rpm HDD

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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    warranty is always through dell. it stays with the laptop.

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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    Open up the notebook and fish out the offending part. If things don't work, send it to your reseller/distributor. Download your service manual from the Dell website to know how to go about!

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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    ^^^ then i agree, you can get the service manual online and take it apart yourself its actually pretty easy to do..
    See my guide on how to make a bootable usb stick: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=246530 new updated one will be here soon: http://forum.notebookreview.com/show...87&postcount=1
    laptop lol which one... we have 8 currently at home..
    Meatwad you're up next, with your knock-knock.
    Meatwad make the money see. Meatwad get the honeys G. Drivin in my car, living like a star ice on my fingers and my toes, and im a taurus

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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    Wouldn't this void the warranty?

    I tried to take it apart last night but like i said, i chickened out
    Dell 1520
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    Turion MT-34 1,8 GHz - 1GB DDR 400 - ATi Radeon Mobility X1600 - 80GB 4200rpm HDD

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    Default Re: HELP! Something's loose inside my 1520!!

    What options have you got? Neither chickening out nor getting terrified helps! You need to do it yourself or let others do it!

 

 
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