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Booting problem My new (used) Dell C400 will not boot up. After pressing the power button, the two leds turn green and thats it. No sounds, no video, no fan. Could this be a battery or fan problem. HELP

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Re: booting problem

Could be a cpu, memory, or motherboard problem.

Posted on Dec 09, 2007

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