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Dell computer won't start up.

When I press the power button to start computer, the fan starts running but the screen is blank/black, runs like that for 3-4 seconds then shuts down. It only occassionally will boot up. Tried new processor but no change.

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  • timmyrocker5 May 11, 2010

    did you mess around with the memory as in remove it and put it back in.  


    what version of windows are you running.


    how many rams do you have (specify)

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If you have 2 memory sticks, (i.e. 2 ram sticks that are 2 gb each) try putting on in and start it.  if it does not work try this.
remove all power supplies (cord and battery).   hold down the power button for 30-60 sec.   after that plug the power in and try turning it on.

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Hello,

Please force shut down the unit if it still is on. Then, press the power button and see if it starts up.

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  1. Ensure that the computer is powered off.
  2. Press and hold <Fn> and press the power button to power the computer on.
  3. Release both buttons. The PSA diagnostics sequence begins.
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Check for PSA Error codes on support.dell.com.

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Get back to me with the results of these tests and any error messages etc. so I can advise you.

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Hi

Run a test on the system first and also update video and bios.

Drivers can be downloaded from www.support.dell.com

Running a test can be done by pressing FN+power button and turn on the system. Fn is the key found on the left lower side of the system
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