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Dimension 3000 won't fully boot with yellow light

I moved my computer upstairs and it worked fine for a few days then got really loud then shut off. I thought it was the fan but it still turns on. When I push the on button it starts to turn on then a yellow light comes on (with a green light) and it won't boot anymore (nothing on the screen..in fact it doesn't even allow the screen to turn on). When I opened it up to troubleshoot I noticed tons of dust and dirt inside. After cleaning it and troubleshooting I think it might be the heatsink or motherboard. Can anyone tell which it could be, of if I'm way of base?

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  • Cj Dec 28, 2008

    It turns on but doesn't boot up...just sort of hangs.



    Do you think I need a new heatsink or paste or both?

  • Cj Dec 28, 2008

    The last time I called they charged me $40. They said it was because I was out of warrenty. :(

  • lilqban010
    lilqban010 May 11, 2010

    Do you have a video card?? if so, change it. If not it is most likely your motherboard. If it was overheating it would shut off to protect the system, If it dosnt then it is prob a problem with the board. Have you cheked the power supply? does it post?

  • lilqban010
    lilqban010 May 11, 2010

    I believe it is probably a heating issue. Make sure its in an open place. Can you get into the BIOS? does it restart? or just hang?

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Dell gives free tech support forever. If you are out of warranty, you pay the cost of parts; but they will give you the help you need. Just get the "tag number" from the cabinet before you call.

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