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I have a 5 year old Dell Dimension 8300. Lately I have been having problems getting it to come on and stay on. Once running, it stays running great. Today it wont stay on. I hit the power and sometimes it does nothing, sometimes it will run the fans but no diag. lights, sometimes it flickers the lights and stops, sometimes the diag lights dim like they aren't getting enough power. I've been through the Dell online self-help guide. All fans are running. I've checked the connectors, reseated the components I could reseat. Help.

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It is likely your power supply is failing. When you press your power button a signal goes through the motherboard to the power supply, then the PS comes on. I would try a replacement power supply first, you can get a used one for less than $20.

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