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Why won't my Dell desktop computer turn on? Yesterday the monitor showed a brief message, something about the video something or the other and I powered off the hard drive. Today, the hard drive will not power on. There are green lights inside the hard drive and the power source is definitely working. My remote WiFi device is jacked into a USB port on the hard drive and it does not have power. For the past several months I've also had problems with the fan making loud noise. This computer is about 6 years old. Is it definitely dead?

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  • Cindy Ard Oct 12, 2010

    Thanks a lot, Joe. I looked up my receipt and actually bought this computer December 2005. I guess 5 years for a desktop to live is still remarkable? Time to just toss it in the junk pile, huh? Cindy

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It sounds as if your computer is overdure for a darned good clean out inside just for starters.

Invest in a can of compressed air just for this type of job (about $3-5) and I would also invest in some thermal paste as I would also re-seat the CPU fan whilst I was in there.

If you dont feel happy working inside a computer most good computer shops will do the whole thing for around $40-60.

Doing it yourself should only cost about $10-15

I use a soft paintbrush to poke out stubborn dust bunnies but be gentle and dont tug the brush if it gets stuck. I dont use nylon brushes !!!

Once all the dust is loose esp on the fans I take the computer outside to actually blow it out.

The fan noise could well be on the PSU side and quite often does not last much more than a couple of month before it fails.
PSU are quite cheap to replace and again you could probably do this yourself but get one with a larger capacity. If yours is a 300watt supply then go for a 400 watt as it will last much longer.

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To get a desktop to last 6 years is quite remarkable. I definitely would not recommend putting any money into it. The new ones are much less money and also cheaper to operate. Joe

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