I turned my computer off before a storm came the other night and now it will not turn back on. I had it on a power strip as well. I have a power supply tester and everything starts kicking when I plug it in but when I plug back into the motherboard I get nothing at all. I also checked the power button to make sure it wasn't worn out and not connecting. The only thing I can see is an aolid amber light on the motherboard next to the battery. It says it is the aux_pwr light. what does this mean? I am pretty sure my mother board is dead, is there anything else I can do to check it? Thanks
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You turned off the surge protection....Ummm did you remove the plug from the wall after doing this?. If you did then it has become corrupted due to a bad shutdown meaning that the system had not fully shutdown when power was turned off which has corrupted the data stored on the MBR ( Master Boot Record ) but I do not understand why you can not restore from a previous good known configuration. If you have a recovery disk or windows os boot disk try to repair it, if it will stay on long enough that is.
If you turned off the surge protection and did not remove the plug from the wall because you turned off the surge protection it is not available to protect your devices etc and in turn a lightening strike close enough will fry the computer due to EMP ( Electro Magnetic Pulse )
You may need to have a qualified person look at it but if it has been fried due to EMP sorry to say but you can say goodbye to the computer as it will not be repairable, You may be able to reuse the case as long as you use another Dell motherboard as Dell have an unusual way of mounting the M/B ( Motherboard ). I hope this helps.
Plug the computer into a power strip that has an on/off switch. Turn the power strip on. Press the computer power on button to start as normal, but after after one second turn off the power strip switch just long enough for the fans on the computer to slow down, but the amber computer led doesn't turn off and then turn the power strip switch back on. Computer should start and run fine. Computer typically can be shut down for up to 5 minutes and restarted normally--any longer and you have to sue the power strip power switch routine again
Check the power cord make shure both ends are not loose. Check the switch on the back of the tower. If the computer is pluged in to a power strip check the surge protector most have lighted switch and a reset button. If no power at the wall outlet check that a wall switch doesn't control it and is on. Check circut breaker Or fuse pannel.
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If by "reseat" you mean "reset," I'm not clear whether the problem is hardware or software.
If the machine won't turn on, check that the power cords to the computer and monitor and the video cable between the two are all firmly connected at both ends. See if there's a power switch on the back of the computer near where the power cord connect - if so, make sure it's on. Press the power button on the front of the machine, and write back to let us know what happens.
If the machine works fine but you're trying to restore it to factory-default settings, enter your service tag number on Dell's support Website and search for directions there.
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Boot the computer into safe mode. Run full-system anti-virus scans to ensure that the system is virus free and to remove any infections that may be present. Reboot system.
Instructions for booting into safe mode: 1) Start system 2) As system is starting, press F8 key 3) Boot menu will come up asking how you want to boot - choose Safe Mode and press ENTER 4) Your computer will start with limited services, no internet connection, etc. This will allow you to check the system and scan for viruses without interference from non-essential services.
Let us know how it turns out.
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