20 Most Recent Dell Dimension 8400 PC Desktop Questions & Answers


be careful when using symantec, it is a real resource hog! It does a good job, but is also expensive and costs annually to use. I use all the same items as GregL except i have had a lot of problems with SP3 :/ then again i normally install it on a working machine, and it messes somthing up. On a fresh install of windows XP it should do fine (SP3 that is)

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Dec 18, 2017


Hi
Have you tried swapping the pata drives - eg master to slave and vice versa ?. I have found that if the drives are not from the same manufacturer, quite often, you cannot get both drives to work. Seagate and WD normally are O.K., but some of the older Fujitsu ones just knock out any other drives on the same 40/80 way cable.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 17, 2017


This Dell Support, and the Service Manual for the Dimension 8400,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8400/SM/index.htm

In the Service Manual main menu, left-click on - Opening the Computer Cover

1) Computer off, and unplugged from power. (Always unplug the power cable from the surge protector. Then if the power cable needs to be removed from the computer, do so)

2) Remove all cables to the computer

3) Lay the computer on it's Right side.
(As you face the computer, your right side is the computers Right)

4) There is a Release button on the Top of the computer case, and a Release Button on the Bottom of the computer case.
These are located at the Rear of the computer.

The preferred method of opening the computer case, is to press one release button in at a time, and slightly lift up on the side of the computer case, where that release button is located near.

Then go to the other side of the computer case, press this release button in, and lift up on the computer case.

The computer case opens like a clamshell. The computer case is hinged at the front.

Example:
Computer laying on it's right side. Press the Top release button in, and lift up on the computer cover located near the Top.

Now press the release button on the Bottom. Lift the computer case up.

The computer case opens from the back, towards the front, like opening a car hood.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Nov 29, 2016


Typically, loose cable (check both data and power)

If it's not a loose cable, it's likely a bad drive ..

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 30, 2016


You will find a small hole in the front draw insert a paper-clip in & push firmly the draw will pop out

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 22, 2016


update the drivers

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Nov 06, 2015


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA3jM34W_Wo

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Nov 06, 2015


i am not sure what you mean by resolved LED errors. These lights in the back tell you that the BIOS is checking your hardware and the way to correct that is by replacing the faulty hardware. For example you determine memory is bad and you replace it. Make sure that is connected properly. You can do this with all hardware. Disconnect everything except the cables from the power supply to the motherboard and try. contact me if you wish at [email protected]

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Oct 13, 2015


Hi Jeremy,

My name is Pradeep and I work for Dell's Social Media Team.
The flashing LED power light means the power supply is receiving power from the source, but is unable to properly distribute it to the components.
Please turn off the system and unplug only the power cable and disconnect external devices. Press and hold the power button for 15 seconds. Plug in the power cable and check the status.
Please remove CMOS battery and wait for 5 minutes to drain the power from motherboard. Please try reseating with spare CMOS battery and check the results. If this doesn't , please contact local technician for further assistance.

Pradeep Lokesh
Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status: http://del.ly/61822hij
Download Drivers: http://del.ly/61832hid

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jun 18, 2015


Sorry I dont do free fixes, please remove me from your connections

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Mar 02, 2015


it could be hard drive failure or processor failure or just old age . try getting into the bios . and reset to factory default .

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Feb 26, 2015


Well if you open it up and don't see a video card then it's using the built-in video circuit on the motherboard.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jan 03, 2015


No such thing!

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Jan 02, 2015


Check all your video cables and check your keyboard and mouse cables. If everything is ok, reboot computer.

BTW - What color is the power indicator?

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Dec 22, 2014


is this the first time? if not then both computers have to be connected specially thru networking. Some Macs can see the network without additional configuration some others need at least the following command. take a look at this article http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10644

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Oct 06, 2014


I had the same issue with my dell dimension 2400. The issue I was having resulted in the connection to the drive was loose. Try taking off the side of the case, find the drives in question and reseating the plugins. My pc was quite a bit older though and i don't know if this will be your solution, but its worth a shot. You can even try installing a different cable and swapping to another power supply plug.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Sep 17, 2014


Needs attention from a tech. Could be anything at this point, bad ram, bad/dirty ram slot, failing power supply or motherboard, bad video card... I'll put my money on bad motherboard otherwise I hope you would have wrote that you are hearing beeps. Hope that helps you some.

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Aug 11, 2014


Dell has been including a "factory restore partition" on the hard drive for several years. Your Dimension 8400 should have the Dell PC Recovery software and files on the original drive.

Is the original hard disc installed? Have you ever upgraded the OS from the original XP? If you have not upgraded these two items or changed the partition structure on the drive, then shut down the computer and restart it. When you see the blue bar with www.dell.com, press <Ctrl> and <F11> simultaneously. (The Control (Ctrl) key is usually duplicated on most keyboards on both ends of the row with the space key. F11 is the second to the right among the function keys if they are in a line at the top of the keyboard. Three other keys (and possibly media control keys) will be to the right of the function keys on many keyboards.)

Sometimes it is hard to correctly time this. If you reach the windows boot-up, restart the computer and try again. (I usually have to do this 3-4 times.) Select Restore and then confirm the action on the next screen. Then wait for the program to reformat the C: partition and copy the files from the recovery/restore partition. When the computer restarts, it will display the End User License Agreement and other "start-up" screens for a new computer.

If the hard drive has been changed so that the PC Restore doesn't work, find someone with a copy of your version of Windows (DVD). Note your current license key. Then use a program to reformat the C: partition and reinstall Windows. (You'll lose the Dell extras that came with the computer.) Members of MUGs (Microsoft Users Groups) or Microsoft Technet may have these disks.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Dell Dimension... | Answered on Aug 01, 2014

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dell Dimension 8400 PC Desktop Logo

383 questions posted

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dell Computers & Internet Experts

Ekse

Level 3 Expert

13434 Answers

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18429 Answers

Clive
Clive

Level 3 Expert

4345 Answers

Are you a Dell Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

View Most Popular

Dimension Dell

  • Dimension Dell

Most Popular Question

power led flashing but will not boot

  • Computers & Internet
Loading...