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My dimension 8400 has been mothballed for nearly 2 years,cant get it to boot up i have put in a new cmos battery ,i now get the black dell screen the bios is A05 it just does not load up Help needed

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I suggest going through my tip pertaining to this matter, it is entitled My Computer is not
turning on!!! Is it dead!!! No POST!!! this should guide you through the process and get
your PC going again.

Thanking you
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Posted on Nov 10, 2010

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