Woo, this is a fun one!
Just a note: I've already decided to send this little bastard of a laptop
back to the hellish pits of Dell from whence it came.
I apologize for the lacking descriptions; I was unforunately without my camera at the time, but I definitely
would've taken some pictures had it been in my possession. It was that weird.
Every night I leave my laptop on and plugged in with my AIM open to receive messages. This night (about a week ago from Monday 8/31) was no different. Then in the morning when I awoke to turn on my desktop and revive my laptop from its cold slumber with the monitor turned off (suspend is disabled when it is plugged in), it did not respond.
At first, I thought it might be an error in windows, so I pushed and held the power button to turn it off. I tried to turn it on again, but this time, not even a POST, just a flicker of the laptop LEDs and nothing more. I was horrified at this point, so I shut it down cold again and left it alone while waiting, hoping it would function normally after leaving it along (hoping it was heat or some such thing).
To my surprise it did work after 10 minutes in the off position. I sighed relief and hoped that my day would continue normally. But as it booted up, I noticed it was doing so incredibly
slowly. When it did finally get to the windows log-in screen, the strangest thing I've ever seen happen to a monitor started to happen.
It was as if the image was freezing then melting
down the screen. If I could compare it to something it would be like going to a cold window and blowing hot-air onto it and then watching the fog created slowly roll away. The only difference is that it would do this in reverse and act as if this "fog" were dripping downwards.
For fear that I might be damaging it further, I turned it off and set it aside hoping to figure out what was going on.
It did this twice more when I tried to turn it on, even after entering BIOS, and then finally stopped turning on at all. I replaced it with a friend's Inspiron 8600 battery to see if that might be a power issue at all, but that made no difference.
Currently it is in this state. It will not POST but some of the external devices ( the DVD-burner for example) receive power enough to flash their LEDs and open when I push the button. Nothing else really functions. It doesn't get all the hot from being left on for a little bit, nothing out of the ordinary, run-of-the-mill heat, anyway.
So since I've pretty much decided to return this possessed laptop to Dell so they can deal with its insanity, this is more of a griping post than anything
But if you might know what the hell
is going on, give your opinion.
Again, I apologize for the lack of pictures, because it really was freaky as all hell.