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Re: dell tower 4600
Usually when it sits like that it is checking for problems. Some Dell computers have indicator lights on the back of them labeled ABCD, your model might be one of them, look at those lights and see if there is any orange ones. They should all be green but if there is a solid orange it has detected a problem. You should also open it up and make sure all of your components are set in their place nice and tight and it isn't covered in dust.
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If your monitor is going in Power save mode it can be cause by following reasons.
>Check the data cable going from monitor to your Dell Dimension 4600 Tower is connected properly.The connector will be blue or white in colour.
>If the Dell Dimension 4600 Tower is powering on.
If still in power save mode then try to shutdown Tower and monitor,disconnect power cable from tower and monitor.Hold the power button on tower for 15 seconds.Then again try to connect monitor and check,if still nogo,and if tower has no lights then issue with motherboard or video card or power supply.If possible try connect spare known good monitor.
I used the
reset button on my last one whenever ctrl/alt/del failed to soft boot
Here is what Dell Chat tells me to do if ctrl/alt/del doesn't work:
Turn off the system from the power button. Remove the plug to the
power supply from the back off the system tower.Then hold the power
button on the tower down for 10 secs ( with the power cord removed).
Reconnect the power cord and then restart the system.This time do a
When you say, resets, do you mean it restarts itself? as in shut down and reboot? or, do you mean it is closing the program and going back to your desktop?
IF it is rebooting itself, that could be a faulty memory chip. If you noticed any blue screens or freezing, that would also indicate faulty memory...
IF its just closing the program and returning to windows, it COULD be a faulty program, or a virus infection or spyware infection.
If that were MY machine, I would move all my stuff to MY DOCUMENTS and back it up to a flash drive. Then, I would locate my discs and reformat the machine or take it to a shop to reformat.
If upon reformatting, the issues persist, id replace the RAM and possibly replace the system board. BUT, since the Dimension 4600 id rather old, I would consider replacing the tower with another used one from a local mom and pop PC shop. they are about 100 bucks, and, you can usually get your data and extra drives moved over to the new machine for a few bucks more.
Do two things: 1) do a drive cleanup to remove temporary files. then 2) a scandisk to recover bad and corrupt data.
Go to MY COMPUTER
RIGHT CLICK the C: drive
Click the DISK CLEANUP button
once you get the boxes check ALL OF THEM and let it run. Both the search and the cleanup can take several minutes to an hour or more so be patient.
Once that is complete do the same steps as above but instead of disck cleanup choose the TOOLS Tab. Then click CHECK NOW.
You will lget an error that asks if you want to do this the next time the pc reboots. Tell it YES then go ahead and restart the PC.
This can also take 30-90 minutes to run depending on how much data is on the drive and how bad it may be.
Reboot into Safe Mode by repeatingly tapping on F8 while in process of rebooting and then select "last known good configuration". If that fails reboot again to safe mode and select safe mode with command prompt and in the command prompt type "chkdsk /f /r " <enter>
If that doesnt work do place your Windows CD into the Cd-Rom, reboot and select option "Repair"