motherboard dead?

motherboard dead?

Post by Elgeebel » Wed, 07 May 2008 08:19:42


After a power outage last week my son's Dell Dimension 2400 won't boot, light
in front flashes amber, it makes no noise at all, but the green light is on
inside. The hard drive is fine (checked on another PC). Before I buy a mobo
for it, I just want to know if there's anything else I should check. Thanks
for any feedback.
 
 
 

motherboard dead?

Post by GreenieLeB » Wed, 07 May 2008 08:45:49


If the machine doesn't even POST then th MB is probably toast.

With a new MB you may have to do a repair install, unless of course it is
the same type of MB that the machine came with. If it is not then your OS
CDs may not even work with a non-Dell MB.

 
 
 

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Post by Shenan Sta » Wed, 07 May 2008 08:51:39


It's more than likely the power supply - not the motherboard.

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Post by Don Philli » Wed, 07 May 2008 09:43:39


The practical point is that a power supply module can be
tested (at a competent PC service store) in about 1 min.
while you wait, and if needed a replacement fitted in hardly
2 min. longer for about $30. I have needed to replace PC
power supply three times in 25 years of home computing:
this seems about average; it is cheap and easy.
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Post by David B » Wed, 07 May 2008 22:27:33

X2, try a new power supply first.

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Post by DellC » Thu, 08 May 2008 06:01:36


GreenieLeBrun;3114404 Wrote:


Actually, there are a number of things that could cause a Dell to
display an amber power light. The primary things to check are:
* Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the
system board power connector (POWER2)
* Remove and then reinstall all memory modules
* Remove and then reinstall any expansion cards, including graphics
cards

My personal recommendation would be to pull all the cards, including
memory, disconnect the drives from the motherboard and power up the
computer to see what it does. If the system still shows the amber
power light then we know it has to be the motherboard, power supply or
processor.

If the problem is caused by one of the removed parts you should get the
diagnostic code (from the four LEDs on the back of the tower) for
missing or failed memory: A & B amber, C & D green. To determine which
one you just start putting pieces back in and testing the system, one
piece at a time.

Hopefully this will help get the problem fixed. If you have any other
questions about the system I'll be happy to help.

Larry
Dell Customer Advocate




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Post by Twayn » Fri, 09 May 2008 22:38:49

> After a power outage last week my son's Dell Dimension 2400 won't

I don't know what the flashing light means; you should be able to look
that up in your documentation or at their web site.
If I were you I'd suspect the power supply first. In fact, maybe
check the fuse in it, then see if it's putting out proper voltages. If
you're willing to replace a mobo you should have the expertise to ts the
power supply and its fusing/breakers. Else you should probably try
taking it to a shop.
 
 
 

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Post by DellC » Fri, 09 May 2008 23:37:53


'Twayne[_2_ Wrote:

I just realized when I posted last time I missed the fact the power
light was blinking, and not solid, amber. As others have stated, this
is almost always something with the power supply.

The power supply the system originally shipped with will be a 200W, so
if testing verifies the PSU is the problem make sure that you don't get
a smaller one. A larger PSU should work fine (and would be needed for
upgrades like a higher end video card) as long as it fits into the
chassis.

Larry
Dell Customer Advocate




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Post by John Barne » Sat, 10 May 2008 00:21:15

Check the power supply unit (PSU) first this may be the cause of the
problem, but at the same time the power outage may also have damaged the
motherboard. My PC had a power outage just before Christmas 2007 so I
straight changed the PSU, unfortunately in the end it turned out to be both
the PSU and motherboard that had been fried.

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