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m g Aug 18, 2011, 01:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I wake up this morning to a Dell Dimension e521 that won't turn on. It is plugged into a surge protector and all cords are hooked up. I removed the side to look at. The MB and see the AUX_PWR_LCD light is orange. I'm not tech savvy and am uncertain as to why it would suddenly quit working. Thank you in advance for all info and help given.


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micro Aug 18, 2011, 06:14pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Please help Dell computer doesn't turn on
Does it make any noise at all when you press the power switch such as a fa spinning up, beeps or hard drive etc?
I assume that this is the pc:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime521/en/SM_EN/specs.htm

With the mobo lights coming on, this should indicate that the psu is still working, though that is not always the case. A psu tester is as cheap as $5 on eBay and have worked well for me.

If the pc doesn't make any noise at all not even beeps, i would first look into a bad cpu or mobo. If it was a memory or video card problem, the computer would at least try to start or give a beep code to tell you what the problem is.

To test either, you would need to have a spare cpu or mobo lying around to switch parts with.
I have had a bad mobo where it still lit up, but computer wouldn't even try to start.
I have had a bad cpu where it won't try to start also as it has to test for a cpu before it can even try to start.

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