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Will not boot from power button

My Dell Dimension 8200 will power off and back on during a restart sequence, but it will not power back up if turned off. When I push the power button all that I get is a flashing amber light on the power button. I have discovered that if I remove the network card from its slot the pc will immediately power up just fine. Once up, I can reseat the card and it will continue to work. I have tried replacing the network card with a new one but the result is the same as with the old one. Any thoughts on what the problem might be?

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  • RCEvans Jun 04, 2008

    Dell's BIOS doesn't have an option to load default settings. Other than changing all entries to their default settings, is there a particular setting that I sould check? By the way, the BIOS wasn't altered prior the problem occuring.

  • RCEvans Jun 04, 2008

    The problem has been occuring for many months and I wasn't able to identify a specific action that caused it. I did try restoring the computer back to an earlier configuration when I first noticed it but that didn't correct the problem. I typically leave the computer running so I only have to deal with the problem after a power failure. When it does occur, I have to open the case, unseat the network card, turn it on and then reseat the card with the computer on. Since reseating a card in a computer that is turned on is risky, I decided it was time to try and resolve the problem.

  • RCEvans Jun 24, 2008

    I just received and installed a new PSU today, a PCPC Silencer 410. Installation was a snap and the PC booted right up without a problem. Thanks to both of you for your suggestions!



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Try going to Dell's support site and see if they have an updated version of your BIOS - if so, try 'flashing' your BIOS with the update and see if that solves the problem.

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Hi RCEvans;
Remove your network card and boot your computer,tap F8 or the key in order to go into the bios settings and look for the option load default settings then save settings and try it. hope it helps

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    james yu Jun 04, 2008

    HI RCEvans;
    Im sorry, we don't have much dell in our area but anyways, have you tried tapping F8 and select last known good configuration?

    did you experience this problem before? can you give me some more information on what you did before this problem occured...

    thanks for the thanks :)

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    james yu Jun 18, 2008

    Hi RCEvans;
    HOw is your computer? Im still wondering what might cause the problem, since you said you already change your network card with another one, is it of the same brand and model? have you tried placing your network card into another computer? you may want to try this option too because turning your pc ON 24/7 will hurt your cpu.


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    james yu Jun 24, 2008

    Your welcome Mr Evans, i guess your PSU was not able to handle much of the power consumption. :) cheers on your new PSU



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