Dell Inspiron 3542 Troubleshooting
Released September, 2014. Inspiron 15 3542 4th Gen Intel PDC
Computer Won't Boot
If your computer won't boot, and brings up an error message.
Hard Drive Problem
If your computer files are disappearing, computer is slowing down, frequent freezes, or
the blue screen of death.
Follow our troubleshooting guide on how to remove and replace the hard drive in computer.
If your computer doesn't reboot and there is a beep code. Sometimes there might be
random computer crashes or random reboots.
Follow our troubleshooting guide to remove and replace the motherboard.
Blue Screen of Death
Windows gets a STOP error, automatically turning off your computer causing some data loss.
Installing a New Program
Installing new programs can sometimes lead to the Blue Screen of Death. In order to fix this, try uninstalling new programs to see if your computer still brings up this screen.
Sometimes the Blue Screen of Death is caused by certain viruses. Run a virus scan on your computer to see if this is the cause.
Check the Amount of Free Space on Windows Drive
These screens can occur if there is not enough free space on the Windows Operating System. Check the available space on the operating system, to see if some program need to be removed.
Computer is Slow to Boot, or Programs Are Slow to Load
If your computer crashes, is slow, or performance diminishes. Parts of the display on
the screen appear to be missing. Install larger RAM.
Computer shuts off during normal operation, or gets much hotter than usual.
Broken Heatsink Fan
If your computer is shutting down and causing issues with performance with the computer from overheating. Your Heatsink fan may be damaged. Excessive noise may also be an indicator that the Heatsink fan is damaged. Replacement may be needed or cleaning of fan.
Battery Dies Quickly
If your computer cannot hold a charge for a normal period of time.
If your computer is dying more than when you first purchased it, your battery may be defective. The computer may notify you if the battery is defective.