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Dead Dell Studio 540

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by catbounds, Sep 11, 2012.

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  1. catbounds

    catbounds Thread Starter

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    (typed on my iPad). Pc shut down last night as usual. This morning completely dead, no beeps, nothing, except for one power light on back. Everything else, Wacom monitor & pad, regular monitor,etc have power. I checked all cables, replugged, opened the tower, reseated stuff, blew out dust, nothing.

    The only problem I've been having that might be related is on sites with heavy graphics, like Pinterest, it slows or freezes, (though i had the thing custom configured for graphic artist programs like Painter & Photoshop) and begins making a loud humming sound. It shows that Firefox is using millions of CPUs (maybe not the right term). So I'll close the browser and start over. Humming goes away.

    So, any ideas on where to start reviving the dead giant? It's 3 or 4 years old and I've been wishing I could switch to a Mac but not like this. I have a gazillion files on it that I NEED.
     
  2. DaveBurnett

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    It is overeating. The humming is probably a fan that has stuck.
     
  3. catbounds

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    Thanx for your reply, Dave. That's pretty much what I was thinking.
    After I called the repairman and scheduled his visit, I opened the computer, took it outside, and blew out all the dust. There was a lot. Still no boot-up when I pushed the start button, but I hooked everything back, leaving the side open. Then about 2 PM, without me touching it, it booted up and has (knock wood) run great and restarted ever since. I had gotten lazy about backing up files, so I quickly caught up on that, and if it doesn't keep running, at least I'm better prepared.
    Moral to this story: A clean house doesn't mean your pc is clean inside.
     
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