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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I have found this kind of problem to be related to one of two things. It will be either the power supply or the motherboard.
Test points to try would be...
When the issue occurs, unplug the power cord from the computer and look for the red toggle switch (it will have 115/230 in white lettering) on the back of the power supply. Toggle this back and forth a couple of times making sure that it is PUT BACK TO THE 115 setting before plugging in and turning on again!!!!!!!!! Plug the power cord back in and if it starts up immediately, the power supply is going bad. This is only a temporary fix as it will quit completely in a rather short time.
Shut the machine down, unplug the power cord from the computer, open the case and inspect EVERY CAPACITOR on the motherboard. Capacitors are the little round pieces with with a silver top stamped with a letter (T, K, X. Y etc..). Look for ones that are buldging or oozing. It will look like a battery that has gone bad with corrosion. Should you find a capacitor like that you should be able to call Dell and have them replace the motherboard even if it is out of warranty.
One thing to note would be, if your issue happens to be bad capacitors, your machine will just shut down as if someone unplugged your computer without warning. When you start it back up again you should get an error saying your "System was shutdown due to a thermal event". This is the classic tell tale sign of bad capacitors.
Unfortunately either way you will end up having to call Dell for a replacement part of a power supply or a motherboard. Hope for the latter because if it is a capacitor problem, Dell should replace it for free. Plus the motherboard is one of the more costly expenses of computer repair.
Posted on Jan 27, 2008
SOURCE: Acer Aspire 5600 wont turn on.
Ther is only one thing that you have not tried I think. Try to remove the CMOS battery from the motherboard for about 15 minutes and reconnect it. It's a small lithium battery.
Posted on Nov 25, 2008
You are correct in your deduction: If the processor is bad , none of the motherboard would have worked. You probably have a flaky power supply. What symptoms did the PC have when the motherboards were replaced? Lockups, no video, Blue Screens?
I would replace the power supply. The power supply could be checked for noise, but you need an O'scope to do so.
Posted on Jan 10, 2009
If you unplug for a couple of days it will just happen again.
I sounds to me that either the defrost heater has burned out or the defrost timer has quit, locate the timer and see if you can advance it to defrost manually.
The defrost timer is quite easy to replace but the heater requires a lot more skill
Posted on Aug 02, 2009
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