Please check all power cords and monitor connections first.Then make sure your video card is seated properly.If it is on-board video(connected straight to back of motherboard)and these solutions don't work,you may be looking at a fried motherboard.
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A steady or Amber blinking power button indicates a low voltage problem. This can be caused by a defective power supply or a defective motherboard. Just to make sure that nothing else is causing the problem, remove any PCI cards like modem, video card, sound card, etc... Remove the memory modules and disconnect cables to CD/DVD drives. Look at the USB ports to see if any are damaged.
Usually you diagnose these by process of elimination. Get down to the bare bone mobo without anything but the processor, good RAM (switch out if you can with different ones), and Power Supply. Eliminate everything else, no cd, no floppy, no hdd, no video cards, no sound cards, no cards at all really.
More than likely it's a bad power supply. Take the power supply to your local computer shop and they should test it for you for free... don't let them charge you for it. If it's good then test the cpu.
Test all leads that attach to your hard drive power and data cables IDE SATA
the leads from yourMOTHERBOARD TO YOUR HARD DRIVEmake sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty make sure all leads that are attached to your dvd\cd floppy drives have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty computers need power and data to travel through every working device to continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error even something as small as a faulty electrical or fan lead can cause you problems
motherboard and a hard drive any leads between them will fail before your motherboard or your hard drive if its a flat ribbon 40 pin type IDE replace it this will be the first to fail
check all electrical power input and extensions make sure they are securely seated even the cd/dvd floppy drives need to have current go through make sure these drives are working
Try to remove all components all drives (hard drives, cd/dvd roms, floppy drives, etc), all additional cards (modem, video card, sound card etc), remove the memory. Just leave the motheboard, proc and power supply. Before disconnecting everything completely discharge power by holding down the power button while the computer is unplug from the power. It should clear the flea light on the motherboard.
Test it again with just the motherboard, processor and the power supply. If still no power then most likely it is the motherboard since you already put a known good power supply. Motherboard has higher failure rate than the processor. You can swap a known good processor if there is.
Test your power supply unit if the PSU units fans not working its faulty
One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive boot up
Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA
the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ? one bad lead will end with a computer error hope this will help don
Test your PSU or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty
One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect or boot up your hard drive
Test all leads that attach from the ((motherboard to your hard drive)) including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA
the leads from your motherboard to your hard drive make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ? dont forget to vote hope this helps
Unplug computer and then press power button for 5 seconds to drain capacitors. You'll need to remove the case screws and case to get to power supply. From the back, you'll see smaller screws near the fan output vent of the power supply. All screws are phillips #2. Dell sometimes uses special clips that you have to press or pull to release objects, but may not for power supply. You'll have to disconnect all power cables from all internal devices including hard drives, CD/DVD drives, floppy drives, motherboard and any power assisted graphics cards. There may be additional chassis screws holding power supply to chassis. If you are replacing power supply, be sure new one is of at least same wattage as the original. New supply should match the same configuration as the old one and have the same style motherboard connector. Name brands like Compaq and Dell have used supplys that are specific to their PC lines. But, you should still be able to find OEM replacements. Looking for a replacement, try www.pricewatch.com.
yes you should be able to play CD on the DVD reader.
Dimension 2400 have drive slide mounted on the side of the hard drive, cd drive and floppy. they are different for each device. you need the 2 side mount for the dvd. in order to mount them in the Dell.
the drive is inserted from the inside of the box toward the front. The front panel will prevent the device from pop out.
yes, 3 party DVD, CD drive will be shorter and fater that what Dell porvide, but it will work, al long as the opening is accessable.
get the HP DVD driver.
this diffrence is that the floppy disk has pretty much been made obsolete now due to its max compacity of (I belive its only) 2MB where a data cd or DvD can have anywhere up to (at this time and common affordable) is at 3.7 GB withs is almost x2000 bigger. The floppy drive is now commonly used for password backups so if you forget it, you pop in the floppy and its on there.