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Had to improper shutdown my PC, now it will not turn on, anyone know?

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August 10, 2010 12:50:20 AM

My computer was running fine than it just froze, I could not do a regular restart or shutdown, so I just held the power button and shut it down. Now it wil not turn on, the power button just turns orange and green for like a half a second than stops. For like a second, my graphics card fan will spin, the green and orange lights go on for like 1 second. Then everything stops. Anyone know why? I am guessing the Power supply would be the problem. I tried unplugging everything, and just try turning it on with the main power cord, but that did not work at all, same results.

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a b ) Power supply
August 10, 2010 1:02:16 AM

What are your specs?
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August 10, 2010 1:33:59 AM

Dell Dimension E510,
305 Watt PSU
3.0 GHZ Pent 4, HT
4670 ATI 512 MB
4GB Ram
Windows XP Media Center
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August 10, 2010 2:07:10 AM

What were you doing when it froze? Playing a game? This happened to me while playing Left 4 dead and my Hard Drive got corrupted. Hope it's not your problem, but I hope you have it backed up anyway. Hard boots are hard on your computer. If you rule out PSU. Try single sticks of RAM to eliminate a bad stick while trying to boot. If after that it probably is your Hard Drive corrupted. Good luck.
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August 10, 2010 5:45:21 PM

all ready tried putting in a different hard drive that did not work either. computer froze right after i exited out a program then everything just stopped. gonna try different sticks of ram. the green light still comes on my mother board though, does that mean it is ok?
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a b ) Power supply
August 10, 2010 5:49:16 PM

Take out the battery in the motherboard, take out the power cord, press the power button, put everything back in. Turn it on! This is called a hard CMOs. Also, make sure to reset your bios after it turns on!
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August 10, 2010 7:50:05 PM

what happens if u dont reset ur bios? r u able to reset the bios on a dell? how do u reset a bios?
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August 10, 2010 8:09:30 PM

Computerrock1 said:
Take out the battery in the motherboard, take out the power cord, press the power button, put everything back in. Turn it on! This is called a hard CMOs. Also, make sure to reset your bios after it turns on!



I did that now my computer does something else. It still will not turn on, but the lights keep blinking on and off now and my graphics card fan goes on and off really quick.
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a b ) Power supply
August 10, 2010 8:54:17 PM

Then that means your psu has failed. Which seems to be what the majority of users are experiencing today... Try this as a replacement: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has more than enough watts and its energy efficient. Oh, and its one of the most respected psu brands.
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August 10, 2010 10:03:17 PM

Computerrock1 said:
Then that means your psu has failed. Which seems to be what the majority of users are experiencing today... Try this as a replacement: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It has more than enough watts and its energy efficient. Oh, and its one of the most respected psu brands.


cool. thx a lot man. gonna replace it as soon as i get it in. do i still have to do that bios reset now? because i still did what u said before.
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a b ) Power supply
August 10, 2010 10:08:11 PM

When you get the new psu, you will have to set the bios, but only the time and date. When they aren't set after loosing power, the computer tends to be unstable. Look around for which button accesses your bios during startup, when you get the screen that has the dell post at the very begining, try pressing delete key, it generally is bios key. Or F2 or F12.
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August 11, 2010 2:12:05 AM

Computerrock1 said:
When you get the new psu, you will have to set the bios, but only the time and date. When they aren't set after loosing power, the computer tends to be unstable. Look around for which button accesses your bios during startup, when you get the screen that has the dell post at the very begining, try pressing delete key, it generally is bios key. Or F2 or F12.


i got another question. before i did what u said, i would press the power button and it would just blink orange and green once. After i did what u said, without pressing the power button, by just plugging it in, it starts blinking repeatedly like every 3-4 seconds. i dont have to press the power button for it to blink. does this mean i did something wrong? or is it still the psu??
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a b ) Power supply
August 11, 2010 3:14:03 AM

Still the psu...
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August 14, 2010 12:43:05 AM

Computerrock1 said:
Still the psu...


i hooked up the new psu, its still doing the same thing. any other idea?
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August 14, 2010 1:32:55 AM

Computerrock1 said:
Still the psu...


i did everything correctly. could it be something wrong with the motherboard wiring in the front (near the power button, and front usbs?) not sure what else can be the problem, i was sure the psu would be the problem. its still doing the same thing.
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a b ) Power supply
August 14, 2010 2:31:33 AM

i am still 95% sure its the psu.
but the dell e510 has four little numbers on the front panel. 1 2 3 4. which ones light up? write it down and here
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August 14, 2010 2:53:35 AM

shovenose said:
i am still 95% sure its the psu.
but the dell e510 has four little numbers on the front panel. 1 2 3 4. which ones light up? write it down and here



1,2,3 light up, 4 does not. the power button goes orange on and off after i plug it in (with out pressing the power button). With the new psu, the psu fans moves in the same motion, the graphics card fan goes on and off (all ready tried changing the graphics card, same ***). there is a green light on the mother board that stays on when i plug it in. inside near the power button, there is a orange and green light that go on and off.
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August 14, 2010 2:57:41 AM

shovenose said:
i am still 95% sure its the psu.
but the dell e510 has four little numbers on the front panel. 1 2 3 4. which ones light up? write it down and here



after a while when i left it on. the video card fan stopped, the psu fan is still going. everything else is the same. any clue now? the number 4 light is not blinking or staying on, while the 1,2,3 are blinking on and off. perhaps there is something wrong in that frontal area near the usbs and power button.
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August 14, 2010 3:04:36 AM

shovenose said:
i am still 95% sure its the psu.
but the dell e510 has four little numbers on the front panel. 1 2 3 4. which ones light up? write it down and here


no sure this helps or not, but i remember before my computer messed up, i used to get error message when i tried to use one of my usb ports in the front of my computer, saying something about power i think. so that usb was unusable. nothing else i can really think off. read my above post if u havent all ready. have some other useful information in there. thank you btw.
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February 26, 2012 11:39:26 PM

Best answer selected by Shpati.
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February 29, 2012 12:43:08 AM

The problem was actually my frontal I/O panel, but still appreciate your help everyone and computerrock1 in particular. His idea of a CMOS boot helped me figure out it was my I/O Panel.

Sorry for the really late update (like a year late), but I thought this might be useful for future people who have a similar issue with their E510.
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