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01-Apr-2009, 12:08 AM #1
Internal Fuse blown on Dell Dimension Desktop 2300
This question is for my family member that moved their desk, moved a wire on back of his tower and no matter what, this tower will not turn back on.

I'm assuming there was a fuseable link that blew that caused the power failure.

Instead of following the standard idea of calling someone to fix it, they have taken it to a repair shop that "may" take 5 days for the fix.

My question,

Was this something very simple to correct? It was connected to a battery back up and I don't know if a surge caused this...who knows.

Are there parts exploded views of the product makers equipment that shows this possible problem?

I just feel that they should of called a computer repair service and fix it right on the spot, no other way.
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01-Apr-2009, 12:29 AM #2
It's hard to say. There are fuses inside power supplies, but they are usually soldered in and not accessible. A new power supply is the likely fix, and that could be done quickly on the spot.

After the power supply is the main board. That gets 12 or 5 volts and may or may not be fused at all, but if it is, that is probably soldered, too. But any wires accessible from the back would be a danger possibly to the power supply, but not the board. If no surge or short went to the board, the power supply replacement should take care of it.

Someone familiar with the model who had the right power supply could replace it in 5 minutes. If they never saw that model before in their lives and took some time getting the case off, 10 minutes. If that didn't do it, then the shop.

Some few machines have unusual power supplies that are for that model only. But the large majority of them, well over 90%, are generic and the same shape and size.
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01-Apr-2009, 01:28 AM #3
I had a 2300 and the power cord is not fused, there may be a fuse in the power supply but I don't remember one. As a Dell Dimension 2300 (i got mine in 2002) is basically a very old computer, (by todays standards) it may just be that the power supply has died. ANd on a Dell that old it may have a propriatary power supply that is not wired in the standard ATX way. Dell was one of the companies that got caught on that.
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01-Apr-2009, 01:30 AM #4
I've replaced Dell power supplies using this company:
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