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Hopefully the title was enough to get you to look into this thread... :)

A friend had a Dell dimension.. The other day there was a power surge and now the computer wont start. He's not sure if this was the reason it stopped working.

There is a green light lit on the motherboard that goes off when I unplug the powersupply. I'm not sure if that means the power supply is okay or not, but I know the motherboard is getting some type of power.

We tested the power button with a mulitmeter and I'm pretty sure it's okay.

But...

When I push the power button, the orange power LED on the front blinks until I hold the power button down for a few sec. to shut it off.

Anyone have any suggestion?
 
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The only sure way to test it is to swap it out with another Power Supply.
It could be any number of things, Power Supply, Motherboard, CPU, are the first few that come to mind.

It will only be solved by a process of elimination.
 
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NoSchwag said:
Hopefully the title was enough to get you to look into this thread... :)

A friend had a Dell dimension.. The other day there was a power surge and now the computer wont start. He's not sure if this was the reason it stopped working.

There is a green light lit on the motherboard that goes off when I unplug the powersupply. I'm not sure if that means the power supply is okay or not, but I know the motherboard is getting some type of power.

We tested the power button with a mulitmeter and I'm pretty sure it's okay.

But...

When I push the power button, the orange power LED on the front blinks until I hold the power button down for a few sec. to shut it off.

Anyone have any suggestion?
looks like your motherboard is fried
 

NoSchwag

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I don't have a "dell" 250w power supply. I do have about 100 other kinds. Can I just use any?

So I assume the green LED on the motherboard doesn't mean that the power supply is working?
 

NoSchwag

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We figured it was a motherboard issue.. :(

is it the fact that the power light blinks that made you think that?
 

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So I went and tried to plug in a new power supply today.. The motherboard LED is brighter, the blinking power light is brighter, fans turn on, and the computer starts up for a second then shuts down.

So I know the power supply is bad.

Next I pop out the processor and try to start the computer again.. This time the computer stays on without shutting itself off.

Is it now safe to assume that the only thing that's wrong is the processor???
 
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