Question about Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

1 Answer

The on/off switch appears to be going bad, if that is possible. (Our unit is about 2 years old, and gets moderate use at most) Usually just pushing the switch/round button on doesn't start up the computer. Moving the switch "around" in various directions, or pushing it in at more of an angle, will eventually get it going, but that is taking longer, or more tries, as well. So........... Is a switch replacement probably due, or some other corrective action required? Thanks!

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,015 Answers

Well the switch will more than likely need to be replaced then be repaired. The problem is that your PC is only two years old but in PC years that is old! You can try contacting dell from this link http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/DellPartsFamily.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=19&s=dhs&~ck=anavml

They may be able to sell you a new switch. I checked their inventory and this is something you will probably need to call them for because they do not show the switch available on the site. Another option is if you can find a used C521 case you could take the switch out of it to make the repair. I checked e-bay and was able to find a complete case for $169.00 but I do not think you would want to spend that much just for a switch. You could purchase a standard cheap PC case and pull the switch from it but the problem would be fitting it to your exisiting case. You would have to modify the case to make it fit and it might not look professional but could solve your problem. The switch is usally just a two wire set-up and you could wire the new switch by cutting the wires and connecting the new switch to them. This would require you to dis-assemble the case. If you attempt to do this make sure the PC is unplugged of course and also make sure you used a grounding strap before you touch any internal components of the PC or you may damage them from static electricity. A PC repair shop would probably end up installing all your PC components into a new case to fix your problem. If you have the ability you could also purchase a new case yourself install all the PC components into the new case. If you are going to do this just make sure you purchase a full size ATX case so there is not a problem of room for the components with the new case. I hope I was able to help you with my information and thanks for using FixYa.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Peavey xr1200 blows 8A fuse after about one second. Old mixer, seldom moved, has worked fine for years


If it blows a fuse when powered on, it has a dead short somewhere. Old units do this when the capacitors (filters) get old and dry out. These create dead short circuits. I recommend going through the unit and change out the bad ones. They can usually be spotted easily. They look like little cans glued on the board with an "X" on top. They are usually blue, gray, or black. The X on top is a weak spot allowing the top to open or pop up when they go bad.

Mar 22, 2014 | Music

1 Answer

Motor "bogs down" at roughly 120 psi...almost stops


You suspect this unit as being a two stage because of the unusually high cut off pressure. It is a single stage and the motor really has a difficult task and is being pushed to the limits. to reach this pressure. We usually reset the pressure to lower setting ~~ say around 140. Your pump probably has a leaking intank check valve (brass fitting at tank) or leaking valve plate in pump. Simple tests : with pressure in tank unplug compressor from outlet and listens for air leak around pressure switch. As you unplug the running compressor from outlet you should hear air leaking from pressure switch for just a moment as air is let out of airline from pump to tank. If air leaks out till zero pressure then change the valve. If tank holds pressure then valve probably ok. Next test, with no air in tank and air filter removed, plug in compressor and feel intake port for strong suction. If the valve plate is bad, suction will decrease as pressure neers the 120 mark till the point of feeling that air is actually blowing out of intake. With good valve plate there will be strong suction untill unit reaches set pressure. If valve plate is bad also change the cylinder and piston ring. Good luck with your repair.

Jul 28, 2010 | Dewalt 2 Hp 4 GAL Air Compressor

1 Answer

Will not get hot when drying


There are a few possibilities- I'll take you through them:
1) Most probable: your heating element has gone bad- actually they usually break when they go bad/burn out. This will likely require some skill and some instructions for you to repair- plan on replacing the heating coil and the door seal for good measure, especially if the unit is more than 10 years old.
2) Less probable but possible: are you sure your drum is tumbling? if not, your clothes won't dry and you'll lose the element in short order.
3) yes less probable but still possible- the contacts on the switch dedicated to heat settings or the thermostat have gone bad, denying current to the heating element.
Good luck!!

Dec 14, 2009 | Dryers

1 Answer

Whirlpool model LER7648PQ1 won't heat up


There are a few possibilities- I'll take you through them:
1) Most probable: your heating element has gone bad- actually they usually break when they go bad/burn out. This will likely require some skill and some instructions for you to repair- plan on replacing the heating coil and the door seal for good measure, especially if the unit is more than 5 years old.
2) Less probable but possible: are you sure your drum is tumbling? if not, your clothes won't dry and you'll lose the element in short order.
3) yes less probable but still possible- the contacts on the switch dedicated to heat settings or the thermostat have gone bad, denying current to the heating element.
Good luck!!

Dec 14, 2009 | Dryers

1 Answer

TUMBLES, MAKES ALL THE RIGHT NOISES BUT THERE IS NO HEAT.


There are a few possibilities- I'll take you through them:
1) Most probable: your heating element has gone bad- actually they usually break when they go bad/burn out. This will likely require some skill and some instructions for you to repair- plan on replacing the heating coil and the door seal for good measure, especially if the unit is more than 10 years old.
2) Less probable but possible: are you sure your drum is tumbling? if not, your clothes won't dry and you'll lose the element in short order.
3) yes less probable but still possible- the contacts on the switch dedicated to heat settings or the thermostat have gone bad, denying current to the heating element.
Good luck!!

Dec 14, 2009 | Dryers

1 Answer

Makita 5200 Mac doesn't run


one of two things, either you have a bad start capacitor on the motor or a defective start switch inside the motor, either one can be checked at a electric motor shop

Dec 12, 2009 | Makita MAC5200 Electric Powered Air...

1 Answer

Dryer won't heat


There are a few possibilities- I'll take you through them:
1) Most probable: your heating element has gone bad- actually they usually break when they go bad/burn out. This will likely require some skill and some instructions for you to repair- plan on replacing the heating coil and the door seal for good measure, especially if the unit is more than 10 years old.
2) Less probable but possible: are you sure your drum is tumbling? if not, your clothes won't dry and you'll lose the element in short order.
3) yes less probable but still possible- the contacts on the switch dedicated to heat settings or the thermostat have gone bad, denying current to the heating element.
Good luck!!

Dec 11, 2009 | Frigidaire Dryers

1 Answer

No picture appears on screen


without seeing the set this is a hard one to fix if the button is slack when you press it then the button is going to be the problem otherwise it could be a transformer that has gone in the set, 12 years is a good age for a tv so i would suggest replacing it with a new lcd or plasma.

Mar 08, 2009 | Sony FD Trinitron WEGA KV-27FS320 27" TV

1 Answer

Denon UD-M50 amp/3 cd changer


The tact switch behind the panel is being pushed in by a defective front panel button, the small switch is bad behind the button, or the volume control IC is bad. Good Luck

Aug 11, 2007 | Denon DCM-35 CD Player

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop Logo

73 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dell Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18391 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

mukhtar21 shaikh
mukhtar21 shaikh

Level 3 Expert

2017 Answers

Are you a Dell Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...