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Dell E520 problems

Hey guys, I'm having a problem, when I turn on the computer, the screen is on, but there is no display, just a black screen, I tried taking the plugs and putting it back etc and nothing worked. Some people were saying it's a graphics card failure so I'm looking at my options and I see the nVidia GT 610 card which looks good and is PCI-E 2.0, so would it fit in my Dell E520?

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  1. check the RAM
  2. There are 4 diagnostics lights on the front of the case marked 1,2,3,4 what code are they displaying? for more info on the codes look at page 47 of the manual.
    ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-e520_owner%27s%20manual_en-us.pdf
  3. bignastyid said:
    There are 4 diagnostics lights on the front of the case marked 1,2,3,4 what code are they displaying? for more info on the codes look at page 47 of the manual.
    ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-e520_owner%27s%20manual_en-us.pdf


    It says 1 and 2
  4. Possible expansion card failure, what pci/pci-e cards are installed on the system? If there is only a video card remove it and try the integrated card.
  5. bignastyid said:
    Possible expansion card failure, what pci/pci-e cards are installed on the system? If there is only a video card remove it and try the integrated card.

    There's two, I think the video and a sound card.
  6. Best answer
    remove them and use the motherboard integrated video and see if the system turns on, if it does try the card 1 at a time to see which one has failed.
  7. bignastyid said:
    remove them and use the motherboard integrated video and see if the system turns on, if it does try the card 1 at a time to see which one has failed.


    Just to add to the suggestion. It is video card most likely, if audio card was creating problem, OP would able to boot into Win.

    Question 1. Have you upgraded video card already, if yes, which model you have now and it is not working.

    And yes, restore your PC to factory condition hardware wise only, it has embeded video and audio chips.
  8. "if audio card was creating problem, OP would able to boot into Win" Not necessarily, it depends on the failure, a card with a short can cause the system to fail post. Over the years I have seen many bad expansion cards(raid, sound, video, etc) cause a no post situation.
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