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Power problem My XPS 200 wont power on checked all the obvious the pilot light inside is on and blinking green so its getting power.. just won't turn on

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  • cmurda814 May 12, 2008

    The power supply fans are NOT running... nothing is running.. the only way i know the unit is getting power is because of the pilot light inside that sits between the battery and modem.. that light just flutters green.... tried the graphics card thing and no dice... i also disconnected and reseated just about all connections i could get my hands on. im thinkin its the power button or the motherboard... just troubleshooting before i blow the cash... any other suggestions???



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Hi, Sorry for the delay, my own system was down
and full of gremlins with matches, so I had to re-build it.

Most power supplies have a dedicated wire in the main
mother-board connector, I believe it is green. When this
wire is grounded, the power-supply is turned on.

You can do this with a paper clip to test the power supply,
after disconnecting the supply from all other devices, including
the main board.


Also you can test the front panel power switch with a continuity
checker / ohm meter to see if it shorts to ground when you press
the switch.

The front switch connects to the main board, along with the
reset, speaker and other functions through a set of small
connectors near the corner of the main board.


you DO want to check the manuals for the mother board,
power supply and case if you still have them, other wise
google the model numbers, to make sure you have identified
the correct pins before poking around causing more damage.

If you are replacing the power supply, get a big one, such as
the Xigmatek 1000w. It is worth every penny in preventing
future headaches. Especially if you plan to use fancy
video cards for gaming, a large number of fans, or
hard drives.

Good luck,

Posted on May 22, 2008

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    Martin J Stadler May 23, 2008

    Just to clarify,

    There are four possible reasons why a power supply will
    not power up.

    1) It is internally defective.

    2) It is overloaded due to an external short,
    and the internal protection circuit has kicked in.

    3) It is not getting a power up message, due to
    a bad cable (switch to mother board or
    mother board to power supply)

    4) The mother board is bad and the turn-on message
    is not being sent.


    The first step is to isolate if the problem is inside the
    power supply, or external:

    0) Turn off the power supply with the rear switch,
    unplug it from the wall socket and wait for it to
    discharge (2 mins or so)

    1) Disconnect the (Molex) power supply output cables from
    all loads, including the mother board.

    2) Ground the "Power Supply ON" signal the the 20+4 pin cable
    harness (the one that normally connects to the mother board)

    >>> This should be Pin # 16, green wire <<<
    (opposite to a red wire)

    by using a jumper or paper clip to any of the black wires.

    3) plug the power supply back into the wall socket, turn ON
    the rear switch, and see if the fans spin up.

    If they do, the power supply is probably good and the problem
    is external. If not, the power supply has an internal fault.

    4) If the power supply has an internal fault, wait 30 minutes for
    it to fully discharge, before taking it apart.

    5) Be very careful, because many switching power supplies
    use a capacitive voltage doubler on the primary side of the
    switching unit, to implement dual voltage mode operation
    (i.e. US/Europe)

    This means that you can have large capacitors of several
    thousands Micro-Farads, charged up to 400V or more.

    This CAN kill you if you are not careful.

    6) After removing the cover, discharge all capacitors with a
    screw driver, several times (!!!) to make sure.

    7) Check for blown internal fuses.

    8) Check to see if the fans can spin freely. Many power supplies
    have an internal shut down circuit that detects bad or stuck
    fans and prevents the power supply from turning ON.


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    Martin J Stadler Jun 25, 2008

    Have you solved your problem yet ?


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Can you tell if the Power Supply Fans are running?. It sounds like you may have a bad power supply. or try this, open the Case up and make sure the Graphic Card is Secure in it's slot oon the Motherboard, i know it sounds weird, but it has wored for me on a lot of computers i have worked with.

Let me know if this helps.


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Its is probably in hibernation mode. Hold the power button in for about five seconds or more until the lights go out and the restart.

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