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Unable to access my computer

I took the cover off to vacum the dust out of it and then hooked everything back up and it was kind of fuzzy so i restarted it a few times the same thing happened so I opened it back up and made sure nothing was loose plugged it back up and it does the windows startup, shows bios and then goes to the screen were you can start it in safe mode, normally ect it will not let me choose it times out goes back and does the same thing as listed above (cannot get past that step)

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Your cpu might be loose your heat paste may be removed

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Remove fan dell optiplex gx520

Hi I have a Dell had it for several years I try to vacume it inside and out to keep the dust down if you look at the rear air vents they will be covered with dust this will make it burn out , Now to replace the fan first of all you should have a Ground bracelet, you can get this from Radio shack about $4 or so you attache dit to your wrist and to the fram , of the PC unplug unit open the cover the fan is in the rear of my unit but yours could be any where I am sure they are all different , it should have numbers on it to make the ordering easy , Oh you need this bracelet incase you have any static electricity this will destroy your unit and you will need more then a fan , just take your time i just change a power pack it took me 15 mins good luck

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Computer cleaninng

This is a tip explaining step by step instructions on how to clean the inside of your computer.
Very often people start receiving overheating beep codes, or a regular “freeze” of your operating system. Well, this is usually due to a build-up of dust particles around the critical cooling sectors of your computer. This cleaning method will also explain how to clean a wide range of graphics adapters as well. Before we start cleaning, you need to shut down your computer and unplug it from all cables. When you are done, we can start.

We will need the following items to proceed:
  • Compressed air
  • Regular paint brush
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Step 1:

Step one will be to remove the side cover of your computer to expose the inside of your computer hardware. Remember that if your computer was bought as a unit, you will most probably void the warranty when you remove the side panel, so contact your manufacturer before you attempt this. The side panel is usually removed by by 2 screws, but the removing method may vary.

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Step 2:

The second step is to remove all hardware attached to the motherboard, like the graphics card, ram modules, any other PCI cards/adapters you have plugged in. You can leave your hard drive atached. This will expose your motherboard, and also make it much more spacious to work. This will also ease the cleaning process of the hardware you just took out.

Step 3:

The third step will be to use the regular soft brush and brush off the whole motherboard. Remember that you need to be very gentle. Use a light motion of hand to dust off all dust particles. You will note that there is an excess of dust on the CPU fan. Use the brush and do a thorough cleaning on the blades of the fan. Do the same with the fans of the power supply.
Remember to be very gentle when you brush your motherboard between the capacitors.


Step 4:

The next step will be to brush off all the hardware you took out of the computer. The fan on the graphics card will be brushed of the same way as the processor on the motherboard.

Step 5:

Next, you need to use the compressed air and blow out all the components you took out, as well as the motherboard. This will blow out all the dust particles which the brush did not remove.

Step 6:

Lastly, you need to plug back all the components and screw back the side panel. Plug back all cables and start your computer.

I really hope that you can find this helpfull. Please remember to rate accordingly.

Kind regards

on Feb 27, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I have a hp pavilion a177c desktop. i opened the case to replace the SATA harddrive and SATA dvd rom and cmos battery. also cleaned out all the dust i could see(which was almost none). after hooking...

You don't say how you cleaned the motherboard. It only takes a small knock or static spark to kill electronics. PCI and I/O control is done by a chip on the motherboard and if this is fried you will need a new motherboard. The only way to check is with specialist hardware. take it to a computer repair specialist ( not PC world- too expensive) the cmos battery shouldn't have needed replacement after a maximum of 5 years. I have batteries that have lasted over 20 years. incidentally if you have replaced the cmos battery you would have to setup the bios again anyway.

Apr 04, 2011 | HP Computers & Internet

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Hp 873n desktop opened case to clean, was very dirty (alot of dust bunnys) unpluged and took outside to blow it out with canned air cleaned all fans and entire case pluged in all and fired it off and got 1...

Wow...did you use a vacume anyware near the mother board? the static on the end of a vacume hose is REALLY BAD NEWS TO A MOTHER BOARD.

Try to reseat all cables and plug's. try to boot again.

If that doesn't work try this.

Remove all PCI DEVICES. Try to boot with just the power cable... bare bone mother board....will it post?

If not remove the board from the case...try booting again...if she doesn't boot ast this point , the board took a static hit...she's toast...sry..:)

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First thing i would check would be to see if the inside of your computer has a dust accumulation, or the CPU fan and or heat sink are clogged with dust, this will also cause shutdowns because the computer is designed to shut down if the CPU gets too hot.
With the computer off and unplugged-----
I would check the back of the computer where the exhaust fan is for the power supply to see if the fan blades are dirty. A little dirt is normal.
Remove the side access cover on the case and see how dusty it is. If there is a lot of dust would recommend having this cleaned, or using compressed air to clean it out. (best done outside in an open area lol)
If it is clean, i would recommend plugging everything back in, but leaving the side cover off, make sure that the CPU fan is spinning. if it is making any odd noises (other than the normal fan whine) or if it appears to stall, it would be best to have this replaced.

If you have added any extra hard drives, dvd drives, or PCI/PCI express addin cards, these all consume power and can overload a system if the power supply is not rated to handle the power that is being drawn from it. This can also cause shutdowns

If everything checks out, i would start to suspect a system board issue.
a BIOS reflash may resolve this but if you arent familiar with how this is done it would be best to take it to a shop, or have someone you know that is computer saavy perform this for you. its nothing complicated to do this.
If a BIOS reflash doesnt solve this, then without being able to look at it, i would have to suspect a failing motherboard.

hope this helps, and if i have helped you please dont forget to rate.

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Desktop will not load up

The computer should be fine, make sure there is no dust covering the fan or inside the computer. If not you can use the recovery disc that came with the computer, or a Windows XP cd to fix your installation, if that is the problem.

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No signal converter box.

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You can always exchange the box and repeat the process. Getting the "no signal" message is a good indicator that you've hooked everything up right, especially if it's accompanied by a customer service number. You can email me at and I'll try to help you troubleshoot the problem if you like. I'm up all night.

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