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Power supply or motherboard dell 4600

My dell dimension 4600 has been sluggish and freezing up lately, i downloaded my windows updates(xp) turned it off, unplugged opened it up and did a cursory"dusting" with canned air. I touched almost nothing just opened the flap on the fan then closed it up and when I went to turn it back on NOTHING. Well almost nothing the small green light on the front is on and the fan in the power supply is on. I've been reading various websites to figure out what is wrong and the likeliest culprits are the power supply and the motherboard. I really am little more than a novice when it comes to pc stuff but I'm not afraid to try if the instructions given are geared to a non techie. How do I figure out which power supply will work for my pc given that is an older model and where can I find clear instructions (with photos would be the best)? Or am I on the wrong track altogether?

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Ok, you stated that the power supply cooling fan was running at this time. unfortunately, this is not the power supply unit that has failed. the mother board has actually failed in this case. If the power unit was damaged, the cooling fan would not spin. You will need tp replace the mother board in this case. it has failed.

This is not a novice situation. we recommend a service tech for this type of repair. if it was a power supply issue, it would have been quite easy to replace but, this is not the issue here. it the mother board.

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