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No post, only motherboard light on, green.

Cannot get power supply on. power switch is fine. unplugged everything 2 or 3 times. tried all power up procedures. the motherboard power light is green, steady. heard about this problem before, forgot the fix.

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  • aj1253 Feb 01, 2008

    Yes, did all that. Onboard video of course, No fans running. I'll have to get back to you on mb model, pretty standard 2400 Dell.

    Like I said, I've heard of this problem before with someone else's. I think it might have been the onboard vid card or power supply went south.

    Not expensive enough to go crazy over. Thanks.

  • hotdogger70 Feb 01, 2009

    I have the same problem. I tried what the other person said. That did not work. Is it i just need a new motherboard?

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    The green light on the mobo indicates power, so far as I know. What is the status of the four green lights on the back of the computer? That should tell you some kind of story but you will need your owners manual to determine what they mean. If you no longer have your manual, report back (from left to right) which lights are on, and if they are blinking or not. I will look in my manual and tell you what they mean. They are built in indicators of various system components, as I remember, and a handy diagnostic feature of the Dell 2400. Hope this helps determine your problem.



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Unplug the computer from the AC. Push the power button down for 5 seconds. Unplug the power and IO to each device and remove memory chips. Plug the computer back into AC. See if you get POST(a beeping noise). It should beep once. If you get a series of beeps report them back here. i.e. one long beep, followed by 2 short beeps. If you get POST put memory back in and repeat. Next install the video card and repeat, Next plug the Hard Drive in and repeat. Repeat with the rest, CD, DVD, etc. If one of the devices is bad you will find the problem.

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    I was not very clear. If every thing is working you will get the single beep. If you know what BIOS you have you can go here and see what the error is for the beep code(s) you hear
    or google "beep codes" and you can find other places. You may want to put the video card in first because it may display what the error is. You may see an error saying your memory is not installed, no keyboard, etc. The point is remove as many cards and CD, DVD's , etc so you can see if one component is bad



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Hey there aj1253, It seems you are getting power to the board. are the fans running?Are you using onboard video or video card. Onboard is suggested for test. I would also suggest you reseat your ram. That is removing it and ensuring it seats properly. Beyond that I would ask you provide more info ( ie is this a new build, or did it just stop working, configuration details, model #'s, et....)

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4/ switch on/connect power cable, and turn computer ON
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No Power to my motherboard (PC won't start)

NO, the problem is the Power Supply.

Weak Voltage power rail.

Drag a multimeter out, and test the power of the 12 Volt power rail.

[The Yellow wires are 12 Volts. They all connect to one 12 Volt power rail inside the Power Supply.

Connect the Positive (Red) probe lead of the multimeter to any Yellow wire.
Connect the Negative (Black) lead to ANY Black wire.
ALL Black wires are Ground wires.

If you see 11 to 13 Volts the Power Supply is good.
If you see less than 11 Volts the Power Supply needs to be replaced.

An inexpensive multimeter good enough for this test can be purchased for $5 to $12.
A multitude of store carry them. An auto parts store is but one place.

Barring using a multimeter you can use a power supply tester.
Here is but one example,

An SMPS such as used in your HP Pavilion a6544f desktop computer, puts out three main Voltages.
(ALL are DC volts)

1) 3.3 Volts (Orange wires)
2) 5 Volts (Red wires)
3) 12 Volts (Yellow wires)

When you press the Power On button, it in turn presses against a Power On switch, located inside it.

(The Power On switch is a Momentary Contact Switch. Closes briefly, then opens up. It's spring loaded.

View this generic Power On switch. It's style is used in a multitude of computers,

{Granted the photo is small. You can enlarge it. Right-click on it, left-click on Save Image As, send it to your My Pictures folder. Then double-click on the file name, and in the window go to the bottom, and click on the Zoom In icon. The magnifying glass with the + sign in it}

The Power On switch case is composed of two parts.
An upper metal half, and a lower plastic half.

There is a convex shaped spring steel disk, in the lower half. The top half has a plastic post. It is this plastic post, that is pushed in by the plastic Power On button.

The plastic post pushes against the convex shaped spring steel disk, and flattens it out.

The spring steel disk outer edge makes a contact, with one of the wires leading out of the Power On switch.

The center below the convex shaped disk has another contact. This contact is connected to the other wire, coming out of the Power On switch.

When you press the Power On switch post down, it makes a contact with both wires.
When you release the Power On button, the convex shaped spring steel disk, pops back into it's normal convex shape.
All the things you never wanted to know, huh?)

Pressing the Power On switch closes a circuit for the Power Supply.
The Soft Power On.

5 Volts Standby power is always present in the Power Supply, when the Power Supply is plugged into power.
(This is what you bypassed. The Soft Power On)

The first chip on the motherboard to receive power is the BIOS chip.
{Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit}

The BIOS program is initialized.
Basic Input/Output program.

BIOS looks to see what devices are connected, does a Ram Memory count, turns the Processor on, and hands the computer over to the Operating System.
(Windows XP is one example of an O/S)

A) ALL the lights use less than 1 Watt of power.

B) EACH fan uses 2 to 3 Watts.

C) A typical Processor can use 51 to 125 WATTS.
Depends on what Processor it is.

The Pavilion a6544f comes with an Intel Core2 Quad Q6600.
It can use up to 105 Watts of power.


(HP info about 95 Watts is erroneous)


Your Power Supply with the weak Voltage power rail has enough power to light lights, and spin Fans with the 24-pin ATX main power cable unplugged.

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This is an easy fix so here you go nice and simple:

Problem: Your motherboard circuit has been cut.

Causes: Power disconnected during operation. Power outage or short in the surge protector.

Symptoms: Flashing green light on both motherboard and power supply. System will not power on.


Step 1: Ensure that both the power supply and the motherboard lights are flashing green, not solid or off.
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Step 3: Wait until the green light on the motherboard stops flashing and check to ensure that the green light on the power supply is now solid. If it is not solid, disconnect the power to the power supply and wait until the light turns off completely. Then reconnect, it should be solid now.

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1.) un-plug it from the main board
2.) look at the main board connector(one coming of the power supply)
3.) you should see green wire and next to it a black one
4.) using a paper clip bridge the too wires
5.) if it works proceed to net step if not get a new power supply

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1.) plug in power supply to main board
2.) look at the pins where the power button connects to
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