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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?

  • Art Weber 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
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/nonworking...
    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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Weak Voltage power rail.

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

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Connect the Positive (Red) probe lead of the multimeter to any Yellow wire.
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An inexpensive multimeter good enough for this test can be purchased for $5 to $12.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched-mode_power_supply

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(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,

http://www.directron.com/atxswitch.html

{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.
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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.

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2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_2_microprocessors#.22Kentsfield.22_.2865_nm.29

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