Question about Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop
My dimension 5150 Dell computer will not turn on. It is blinking an orange light and I can see other lights on in the computer when I look at it. I have changed plugs, dusted it, and do not see any problems. Anyone have an idea?
Also, I see a round 30V battery inside the computer. Does this ring a bell to anyone? Wondering if it should be replaced.
I know this is an old post but for the sake of letting others know, I also had this problem with my Dimension 5150 power on button blinking amber and not responding, this was after only buying the machine in April 2006. I first took the base unit to PC World who told me the machine was knackered and i should invest in a new one, unhappy with that answer I contacted Dell who run through this whole process of pull this out, plug this in, power up, press the cd drive button etc.. etc.. all of this narrowed the fault down to a "faulty input/output panel" according to Dell, however i did some more testing of my own and found a small round flat silver battery on the circuit board, i simply popped this battery out gave it a clean popped it back in and my PC fired up first time and is now performing better than it ever has done. The only effect I can tell is that the computer date and time settings reverted to March 2006, which is easily corrected!
Posted on Aug 06, 2008
You should take a look at the USB sockets to make sure that none of them are broken and touching to earth. Luckly I only paid £30 out for a new power supply, before checking elsewhere when it still failed to start.
This Dell has has USB problems since it was new, so I should have checked here first>
Posted on Nov 18, 2008
Yeah, the battery. I pop it up and back in and it works again! thanks.
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
The battery that you are seeing is the cmos battery..and yes you need to replace it....
Posted on Oct 18, 2007
Dont listen to anyone else. Th cmos battery is the only problem. I just did it, and my wife looked at me in awe!
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Posted on Apr 24, 2009
I am going to try what Solution #3 and hopefully that works :D
Posted on Jul 31, 2008
I have a dimension 5150 and have the exact same issue, blinking orange light. I swapped out the power supply and that did not work. I was just ready to get a new motherboard when I thought I would try the cmos battery. I removed the battery for 5 mins and then put it back. Bingo-bango.... the computer started..... The small $3 battery that should last 5 years only lasted 2 years. Everything is good now with a new battery.
Posted on Jan 24, 2008
The battery you mention is not the problem.
The problem, which is fairly common, will most likely be either the power supply or the motherboard.
If you have a service contract with Dell, you should contact them to have it repaired.
If the computer is not covered by warranty, I would start by replacing the power supply or substituting a known good one.
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Posted on Oct 18, 2007
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