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Dell Inspiron 531 keeps shutting itself off. After a few moments, tries to restart. and shuts down, almost like it's hibernating, or overheating. New PSU and re-thermal'd the processor/fan

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  • wrl8 May 05, 2010

    I already replaced the PSU after the original PSU tested bad. Also cleaned and re-seated the CPU and the CPU Fan. I'll try re-seating and cleaning all other components. FYI none of the capacitors have 'popped' caps.
    Thanks,
    Bill

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You have a bad on button wire.
Dell Inspiron 530 531 Vostro Power Button Cable NT294.

Find it on Ebay. I did.

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  • Kathy Shuller Apr 07, 2011

    You can remove this part after taking off the cover on the front of your computer. There are two wires attached to the switch at the top. One of them is going to be hanging on by a thread. Easy to see.

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Try removing every single thing in the box you are comfortable with removing - reinstalling.
Take each piece starting with one stick of ram - clean the connectors -[ shiny copper or gold looking area] with a clean pencil eraser.
Install each one - one at a time.
First one stick of ram.
Then another - then a removed card - one at a time.
If this problem continues after reinstalling only the first stick of ram - you may have to re-seat the processor - jell- fan. It takes some doing sometimes to hunt this down - so do not eliminate the power supply either - think about removing it and trying another if all of the above fails to fix the problem.
One last thing - if you have Windows 7 and didn't buy it retail - Windows 7 is shutting down because it is not a legit copy.
Best of it
Gary
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    Gary Rice May 09, 2010

    Try a fresh install of something - if it boots to the system attempt - then you know you have an operating system problem and not a hardware issue.

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If it's overheating, then u should try to put it in a cooler place. : )

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