Solved: Dell Dimension 4700 will not boot up

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Dave3365

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I have a Dell desk top PC (tower type) When I depress the power button it has a solid amber light on , and the hard drive light does not illuminate at all. The internal fan for the mother board runs full blast until I hold the power button down again to shut it off. The four lights on the back do not light up at all.
This is a windows XP operating system. The service tag is : 8SDXD61 what can I check?
I know how to use a DVOM, and read electrical schematics, I am guessing a power supply? Or Mother board? There is a green little light on -in the mother board. I don't want to guess whats wrong and spend the wrong money on a 5-year old machine.
 
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Unplug leave a few mins then try again.

Check all cables and components are secure in there sockets.

Reset bios with motherboard jumper/battery.
 

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Like I said in my first e-mail- if you are refering to the lights on the back they do not light up at all.
 
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Sorry, I missed that.
"No electrical power is supplied to the computer."
Test the power supply, but this sounds bad.
 
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Seems I'm having the same problem. No lights in the back panel are on. So, it should be the power supply? How do you TS the Power supply?
 

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Dave3365:

Here is the support site that's specific only to your Dell Dimension 4700 desktop.

Here is the online service manual for it.

Read the "Advanced Troubleshooting - Power Lights" section.

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Dave3365

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I kept having problems with it booting , then not booting up.
I replaced the mother board using a G31TM-P21 MSI brand? Mother board, Antec 350 watt power supply-Antec brand, and a Thermaltake fan/heatsink assembly. Works great , and I did not buy someone elses used problems from craigs list. I had to bend the case in under the processor mount-however I re-used the old case and it has been working for weeks no with no problem.
 

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I forgot to add I re-used the original processor and the parts listed above cost just over $100.00.
 

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Glad to hear you got it fixed cheap and that it's running fine. :)

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