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System Does not start

Hi, No Display on my PC (Optiplex GX110) , there are no beeps. Though the green power led is on, but thrs no activity on other led (which I presume is for HDD), I tried to check the Processor (and I presume its work its working fine), RAM is also OK. but thrs no display. I am not able to go to bios also. Worse thing is thr are no beeps, so can't make out the problem. If anyone out thr could help me sort it out, or atleast tell me wht problem to look for. reagrds, Sukhjender

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There is a full step-by-step guide to diagnosing this problem on the dell website (actually very helpful). You can find it here (titled Dell? OptiPlex? No Post, No Video for GX100 and GX110): http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/tree?c=us&l=en&s=gen&journalid=DFB8C72540D611DCACF8FBE14C494B1F&treeid=9F6F166431914C6B9722AA3209A42250&Query=dHJvdWJsZXNob290&SystemID=PLX_PNT_P03_GX110&ServiceTag=&contenttype=-1&os=-1&component=-1&lang=-1&doclang=en&toggle=true&dl=

Posted on Aug 02, 2007

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    BTW, I have seen this problem before when a USB printer has been turned on before the computer is turned on. I believe it has something to do with the BIOS trying to interrogate the USB device to detect if it is bootable (on a printer which incorporates a card reader).

    If that doesn't apply to you, the Dell wizard runs through the following steps:
    1. Step one asks if the power led is on solid green. Click on next.

    2. Step two asks you to make sure the computer is not in manufacture mode (most likely not, so click next again).

    3. Step three asks you to disconnect all external equipment (printers, modems etc). I have seen USB printers cause this problem when they are switched on before the computer.

    4. Step four asks you to remove all expansion cards (any cards that are installed on the motherboard).

    5. Step five asks you to diconnect all drives and remove the memory. Do you get any error beeps when turning on the system at this stage?

    The wizard then branches off at this stage depending on your results. If no codes, it asks you to reseat the processor. If there are beeps, it asks you to reinstall the memory one stick at a time.

    I suggest you follow it through and heopfully resolve the issue soon. Hope this helps!

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