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I have a dell dimension 3000 pc that i haven't used for a few weeks as i was waiting for an external hard drive to put all my music, videos etc on. I have just come to use the pc and it won't even turn on. I press the button and nothing happens at all. What can I do to fix it??? Please help.... thanks xx

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  • Twinklebum Dec 01, 2008

    Thanks buch, i will let you know how i get on xx

  • Twinklebum Dec 01, 2008

    Thanks Buch, i will let you know how i get on xx

  • Twinklebum Dec 01, 2008

    Bob, i haven't got as far as hooking up the external hard drive yet as the pc won't switch on at all!! there is no power what so ever xx

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Lets start with the basics. check it again if you already did.

Check the power cords and be sure they arent bad by swaping it with your monitor and testing power.

Make sure the power switch on the power suply in back is turned on. If it has a switch,some dont.

Make sure the power button in front isnt just bad.


Now, if you want, go to any computer store and ask for a power suply tester. They usually run about $13.

It has several testers for the mother board and other devices, they are usually rectangular and have LEDs that light up indicating it has power,

Test the power suply itself directly followed by the stystem board.

You will probably want to go to a real computer store, not best buy or some other idiot retailer, but a ma and pop, small bussiness store that has actual people who know what your talking about when you ask for POWER SUPLY Tester.

If they have one, get it, Ask if they can explain how to use it before you buy it.

Try this out and get back to me if no progress is made.
Good luck

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    Chris Busch Dec 01, 2008

    When you werent using it, did it stay plugged in?

    If so, try holding down the power button for 10 seconds and then try pressing it again, maybe its just stuck in pwer save or sleep mode.

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If the external hard drive is hook up to the main drive you might have to disconnect the exteranl hard drive and try another way to hook them up together . you did something wrong when you installed the externall drive. try it . and see if the original hard drive boots up. if this works you will have to change the boot sequence to use the external drive.

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  • bobkelsey Dec 02, 2008

    it sounds like you might have to buy a new power supply . also check to make sure the little red switch by the plug that coonects to the pc itself is set for 110 volts if you live in the united states ok, you might have accidently switch it to the other setting wich is a higher voltage. also try to connect the cord directly to the out let itself making sure you plug the cord to the pc first. If all this fails you will need to buy a new power supply. I suggest you take the pc to a qualified repair shop if you feel the power supply is at fault. expect to pay out around 90.00 us dollars plus shop costs. If the pc is brand new take it back to the store you bought it at and exchange it. sorry nothing more comes to mind but the power supply.

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