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    j2k4's Avatar en(un)lightened
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    My wife's old Dell E520 went fzzzzzz over the weekend -

    She 'woke' it up with the mouse, only to have it start flashing a BSOD (I saw all this from my recliner) - flashing so fast as to be unreadable - then the monitor went black with power light flashing as if it went to sleep.

    The tower seems to be sitting in a more-or-less static state (occasional hard-drive indicator flashes); a hard shut-down and restart yields what looks to be an abnormal flashing of the '1 2 3 4' lights on the 'puter - which, I suppose, indicates what the problem might be - then settles into the static state.

    The fact I have no video doesn't help, of course; I have a spare vid-card (GS 7600) I can throw in to see if that's the problem, but...

    Any ideas?
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    Old Dell, eh?

    Check the motherboard for blown caps and try a different power supply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clocker View Post
    Old Dell, eh?

    Check the motherboard for blown caps and try a different power supply.
    I can do that.

    I was gonna call you tonight, I think.

    Upon opening the carcass, no blown caps are revealed.

    A power supply from a Dell E521 was substituted, to no avail.

    Same result in all aspects.

    I hate this new board format.
    Last edited by j2k4; 10-18-2010 at 08:21 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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    So you are getting no video whatsoever even during the POST process?

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