Dell Dimension 3000 won't start

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Frustrated Dell user - Sep 7, 2009 at 01:30 PM
 Bobbie - Jun 14, 2010 at 10:36 AM
Hello,

My Dell Dimension 3000 was recently moved to our new home via moving men and will now not start up. It seems like it wants to boot with the fans humming for a few seconds and then immediately shuts down. No lights on the back indicator light up. It once started booting on the screens but then shut down after the Dell screen pooped up. The Power light (amber) turns on and stays on stead, and the Hard Drive Activity light (green) flashes until the unit shuts down. HELP???

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sharpman Posts 1021 Registration date Saturday May 23, 2009 Status Contributor Last seen October 20, 2010 183
Sep 7, 2009 at 04:28 PM
ok, download knopix from any one of these mirrors.
http://knopper.net/knoppix-mirrors/index-en.html

burn it to a disk.

remove any other peripherals that you may have connected, ie sound card
remove ram. fit one module in the socket nearest cpu.
unplug your hard drive/s and floppy drive if fitted.
boot up your machine with this disk, if you can boot up with this then you're looking at your hard drive/software issue.

another thing to look at would be the power supply, it may have developed a fault. because it's dell, your going to have to order from dell outlet.

you can get psu testers similar to this
http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?TabID=1&criteria=usb&ModuleNo=98829&C=SO&U=Strat15
or this
http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?TabID=1&criteria=usb&ModuleNo=48647&C=SO&U=Strat15

or this
https://www.quietpc.com/x-psu-tester

or this
http://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/12386256364498125460#ps-sellers

And this
http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_1705.html

any way you get the picture :-)

that should keep you busy ---- aint computers fun ... :-)
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Frustrated Dell user
Sep 7, 2009 at 04:10 PM
Okay, I believe the CPU is seated??? It is the processor and heatsink component covered by the green fan cover, correct? (I'm learning.)
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sharpman Posts 1021 Registration date Saturday May 23, 2009 Status Contributor Last seen October 20, 2010 183
Sep 7, 2009 at 04:13 PM
yes that's correct.
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sharpman Posts 1021 Registration date Saturday May 23, 2009 Status Contributor Last seen October 20, 2010 183
Sep 7, 2009 at 01:42 PM
ok, you need to pop the side of and check nothing has come loose. especialy the cpu and cooler assy.
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Frustrated Dell user
Sep 7, 2009 at 03:26 PM
After reading the Dell manual, here's what I did: I opened the side panel, cleaned out the dust, removed and reinstalled the 2 memory cards, checked the hard drive power cord, check all cords to ensure tight, removed front cover and cleaned/vaccuumed out dust. Still no good?! HELP!!!
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sharpman Posts 1021 Registration date Saturday May 23, 2009 Status Contributor Last seen October 20, 2010 183
Sep 7, 2009 at 03:46 PM
you need to check that cpu. i've had delivery of computers that have been knocked in transit and the cpu cooler mounts come loose and the cpu gets pulled out of its socket. if this happens you won't get any post or anything, but all the lights etc will come on.

be carefull when handling and reseating the cpu.
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open up to make sure all is pulled in right.something may have come loose.
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