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19-Jul-2009, 10:43 PM #1
dell dimension 9100 refuses to boot.
hi there:

so, i've got a dell dimension 9100 i purchased circa 9/04. it runs windows xp. just before i went out of town on memorial day, it was running just fine. turned it off that afternoon, and when i returned a few days later, nothing.

i pulled the case apart, thinking maybe it was the power supply. re-connected all the cables, etc., and nothing. the green led on the motherboard stays lit, however.

i can't remember any of the specs on the machine past what i provided. sorry i'm less than helpful.

any suggestions on how to get this bad boy running again?
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20-Jul-2009, 12:11 AM #2
Basic troubleshooting for non-booting computers

1. Eject any disc from the DVD/floppy drives.
2. What happens when you press the power button? Lights, fans, HDD spinning, beeps, BIOS screen, Windows loads part way?
3. What does the monitor do?
4. Can the system boot from a Windows CD or other boot disc?
5. If nothing at all happens is there power to the outlet?

Have you recently made any software or hardware changes no matter how small?
Ask again if anyone touched it if you where away it's amazing how many people answear no at first.
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20-Jul-2009, 01:27 AM #3
i've tried it in multiple different places, so it's not an outlet issue. when i hit the power button, absolutely nothing happens. no beeps, no fans, no lights (with the exception of the green led).

i've since moved, but i did ask, and was told repeatedly that nothing was touched but my wireless router.
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20-Jul-2009, 01:57 AM #4
What do the diagnostic lights indicate?
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20-Jul-2009, 08:20 AM #5
i know nothing about these diagnostic lights of which you speak.
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20-Jul-2009, 09:18 AM #6
Most Dells have diagnostic lights like these:
http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...g/advanced.htm
The pattern of the lights can be a big help in troubleshooting.
They can be on the front or the back.
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