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Dell Dimension 8200 won't power up

Several months ago I replaced my old Dell Dimension 8200, transferred all the data to my new computer, and put the old Dell on a shelf. I now would like to use the 8200 again, but can't get it to power up -- no lights, no fan, no nothing. Power source is fine. I never had any problem with it before. It hasn't been dropped or otherwise damaged or abused; the only thing that's happened since we last used it is several months of being inactive and unplugged. Any suggestions?

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  • whozis Nov 27, 2008

    I have a Dell Dimension 8200 that made a loud screeching noise, screen froze, could not turn it off. I pulled the power plug. I reconnected it, now it will not start. No lights on front panel. Green light on motherboard. No fans. I replaced the power supply, but the same thing.



    Any ideas how to troubleshoot it?

  • skellyelly Jan 13, 2009

    I have the same problem at work. I went through all the troubleshooting on the internet and even talked with the Dell tech support. They had me unplug the power supply 4-pins for the hard drive, floppy & optical drive - the computer would power on! I switched the 4-pin connector (ied?) to the hard drive and the computer turned on again! I then powered off, shut the case and tried to turn the tower on - no luck. The techie thinks that there is a problem with the motherboard or the ied pin/connectors?? I am suppose to take it in to radio shack?

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I have 2 dell dimension computers 4600 and 8300 and having worked with dell for 4 years or so i found that if you get the no power problem all i ever done was to reset the power supply by moving the red switch 120/240 volt at the rear over and back a couple of times making sure to set it back to where it was originaly .you may have ot breal the seal that covers the switch. works for me each time and fires up the computer straight off.

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If the power button does not light up at all, I would guess the power supply has a problem.





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