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There is definitely a power supply problem with the Dell XPS 200 I have. It starts fine and runs beautifully for about an hour. Then suddenly the screen goes blank, the light on the power button flashes yellow, and the back of the chassis is hot. This would appear to be a heat buildup problem, indicating that the fan is not powerful enough to dissipate the heat, would it not? The fan is not noisy on this CPU. The design of the chassis is very small; is it too cramped to permit the heat buildup to escape? Increasing the wattage of the power supply would only make the heat buildup problem worse; you would need a more powerful fan, would you not? If so, does Dell have a replacement for the power supply on this model that has a better fan? Do you know the answer to these questions? Thanx, Molly

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The first thing, take the cover off and blow out the dust with caned air. NEVER vac near electronics! After you get it cleaned out, (the power supply to) make sure the fan on the power supply is working. If all the fans are working you should not have any more trouble. Keeping your computer dust and dirt free is the basics of trouble free electronics.
PS. make sure the vents on the covers are clean and unobstructed.

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First ingeneers build things to fuction AS IS, so i'm not sure you need more fan power.

Verify the inside of the computer is the CPU heat sink (big aluminium block with fan) CLEAN of any dust? are all the fans turning correctly (resonable speed)? verify the placement of the PC itself is it cooked up in a cabinet or pushed against a wall (blocking the holes in the case for air intake)?

if all of the above is OK you could re-paste the CPU (spreading new heat sink compound between the CPU and the heat sink)

Good luck!

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