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On power up, I hear 2 quick beeps, the fan starts, then quiets down. Steady yellow light on the power button, no LEDs lit on the back, (possible pre-BIOS failure??!!). Had the computer open all afternoon before this happened. Wanted to install a new heatsink fan assembly, but Dell sent me one missing the 'thermal grease'. So I cleaned the old fan and reinstalled it with some difficulty. I also tried to install a new video card, but Dell sent me one that doesn't fit in my computer. With Dell tech support on the phone, I tried to fit the new card in somewhere for quite a while before he concluded it wouldn't work. Pulled out/reinserted a couple slot fillers, pulled out/reinserted the card cage several times. I've rechecked everything inside a couple times, but still get the yellow light, black monitor, keyboard and mouse don't work. HELP! (btw, my kitchen faucet is dripping furiously, even with the water supply shut off. Any suggestions for that would also be appreciated.)

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  • hengwen Jun 16, 2009

    You were right prasannakuma. I took the old fan out, examined the 300 pins on the thermal grease with a loupe and found several pins had gotten bent when I tried to reseat it while it was still attached to the heat sink. Using a needle, tweezers and the loupe, I managed to straighten out the pins, and then pried the unit off the heat sink. Then I fit the thermal grease into it's connector properly and installed the new fan from Dell. Everything is working fine now and my computer is SO much quieter!

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Hi you did mistake when you connected the fan if the processor is not get the normal temperature it wont start to work . you have insert the fan correctly or fix a correct fan what they give for you to your computer from dell. any questions forward to fixya bye

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