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Hard drive and cd drives still on

My problem is this, when I shut down Windows XP on my Dell Dimension 4600 computer it shuts down fine. But about 10 seconds later the power led flashes off and on and the hard drive and cd drives keep intermitingly spin off and on. What is causing this? Power Supply? Mother Board? Please help!

Thanking you in advance.


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  • sazook Dec 13, 2007

    I figured out the problem. The Network (integrated on motherboard) seems to be the problem. A friend told me to disconnect the network cable before I turn off the computer. He said if it stopped, then it was something to do with the Lan/WOL. I did that and it turned off and no whirring or powering up like symptoms. Because it is a Dell Dimension, there are no settings for the Wake Up in the BIOS. What can be done? Should I just install another Network Card via PCI?? Will that solve the WOL/Wake up thingy?? Thanks for all your help so far. Nothing like a computer problem to drive me to the nut house.




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As a Dell DCSE, the majority of problems I have seen in the Dimension & Optiplex line has been in the power supply.
What you describe sounds like the 5V line shuts down but the 12V does not (what keeps the drives spinning). I would definitely vote for a power supply in this case as it sounds like the system board is telling the supply to power down, but it is only half listening...
Since your model is probably out of warranty (more than a year old) you can pick up an aftermarket part for less than $40, shipped.

Here is a link to the service manual:

If you need any help finding the part, let me know. Be sure to include Reply with the Service Tag to expedite the matter.

Hope this helps...

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Locate Power Wakeup option in modem/LAN in BIOS and disable them, if you have "power wake up" enable for LAN/modem your computer will be switched on for remote network command.power wake up setting are located on BIOS.

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