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When i turn on my computer everything comes on but my hard drive and cd rom i have tried changing cables and when then computer is on if i unplug the flat grey cables they will turn on but when i reconnect them they dont work

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  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    the hard drive is fine when i turn on the computer the cpu fan that is attacked to the mother board comes on and so do all the lights but nothing happens while the computer is still on i can unplug the flat grey cables from both the hard drive and the cd rom drive and then they start to spin but when i hook up the grey cables again the drives stop if i take the tower out side and let it get really cold then bring it inside and try to turn it on it come on fine but i turn it off and try turning it on again it does what it did before i think there is a problem witht he mother board but not sure because the other fans attached to it work

  • Tim Crosslin May 11, 2010

    What do you mean everything comes on but the hard drive and the cd rom? Does the computer boot to Windows or the operating system? Did you unplug the cables while it was on? How do they turn on when you unplug them? And not if they are plugged in? Sorry so many questions.

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Sounds like the hard dribver may be bad. Their are site to download software that wil check a hard driver without windows,just for a disk.  Try:  seagate.com  for seatools, for example to check the hard drive. The other possibility is that the gray flat cable is upside down or damaged or that the cable socket is. Another thought . You do have the hard driver turned on in the BIOS setup screen,corrct. In other words, this is somethng that just hapened to a working computer w/o any changes made by you.  

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1.Computer off, and unplugged from power. Open the computer case,

Dell Support - Dell Inspiron 531 Desktop PC - Manuals - Documentation - Removing and Installing Parts,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd531/en/OM/parts.htm#wp1595069

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Computer unplugged from power you are safe.
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