Oh, how I hate Dells

By jacatro ยท 6 replies
Oct 13, 2008
  1. But they keep me in business-
    OK kids-
    Dell Dimension 4700-
    Customer says- It Died.
    I think-power supply? Plug in- 4 beeps-indicator on back says RAM disorder-
    I unseat-reseat Ram-It Boots! does not recognize usb mouse-
    I reboot- this time doesnt recognize keyboard or mouse-
    OK- reboot 3rd time- fan running FAST!- turn it off, laugh, sprinkle pixie dust-
    Reboot- it boots, finds mouse, installs- all good-
    I leave it, go back an hr or two later- same prob- Tho I had tried to upgrade RAM- upgrade failed, everything failed-

    Power supply? You think?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  3. gguerra

    gguerra TS Guru Posts: 319

    It could be the motherboard is shorting out. Should not since dell's are assembled at the factory.. Could be a faulty motherboard.
  4. seanc

    seanc TS Rookie Posts: 88

    I've got a similar one. GX280.

    I got 'It won't turn on and it was making a clicking sound before'.

    I know Dells sometimes go 'click' a couple of times as they power on/off when you plug them in so I thought, PSU.

    Got it back to the workshop, plugged it in, it's working fine. Did a backup just to be sure. Left it on overnight, will check that it's on in the morning.
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    read the bios beep guide in the guides forum
  6. jacatro

    jacatro TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks- that model has an amber/green light code indicator on back- works great if consistent- I suspect either a failing processor or motherboard- ended up changing the power upply, booted, working OK- but Im going to advise a non- commercial PC-
  7. seanc

    seanc TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Processors rarely fail unless they overheat or are damaged in overclocking.

    Power supply was a good shot, if that doesn't cure it then the motherboard is most likely.
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