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Take a look at this document from Dell. You should have some diag lights on the front of the computer, and this should help you find what is not passing post.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimc521/en/SM_EN/tshoot.htm#wp1064555

Posted on Feb 15, 2012

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It sounds like the hard drive went bad. Can you see the hard drive in the bios at all? When you try and boot the computer does it say drive not found? Try booting from the vista cd and see if you can start a new installation. If you can do the intallation the drive is ok. If not the hard drive is bad.

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You can buy any micro-ATX motherboard which takes the same processor and use that as a replacement. This gives you a wide choice of replacements at reasonable prices, but you'll almost certainly need to reinstall a fresh copy of WIndows and activate it since you won't be able to use the factory restore image. This isn't a bad thing, though, since you wind up with a system free of the stuff that typically comes preloaded, and is usually worthless.

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