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Dell Vostro 400 wont start


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I have a Dell Vostro 400, when i try to turn it on, its like it is trying to start but cant get it going, it will start, then stop and start then dtop and finally start up the third try. However, I am still not getting anything on my monitor. I am able to open up my disk drives and I have power to my keyboard and mouse.
I have looked at a couple other posts and am wondering if its maybe my video card or my power source. I have experienced some recent issues with my video card over the past months, where i will be playing games and have it blink out and then recover.
Any ideas or help will be very welcome.
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Hi scott775
The symptoms you are describing mean it could be the gfx card or the psu or a mixture of both unfortunately.
Some more info will help, are you using an add on video card or is it integrated on the MB, is it the stock
psu (power supply unit) and when was the last time the inside of the case was cleaned out including the fans.
Is this your MB at this link http://www.foxconnch...ID=en-us0000319 as it was mentioned on a couple of forums
I came across, if it is and you are using an add on video card try using the onboard video connection but remove
the add on video card first.
If you do have an add on video card please provide the make and model or series number, the issue may even
be caused by a loose connection etc.
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Sorry my reply took so long, long day at work. That looks like the motherboard i have on my pc, its hard to be certain since i cant access any of the the info. But I know i have the Intel Quad Core 6600, and the rest of the specs look right. As far as my video card, i have the NVidia 8600. I have the stock power source, and when i started having issues the other night, i opened up my tower and gave it a thorough cleaning.
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No worries, work has to come first.
The minimum power requirements for your card are 350W so your stock 300W is most likely the cause of the issue, it will have been functioning below standard and under stress for some time and now it looks like it has worn out, see the links below for more info;
http://www.tomshardw...idia-8600-ultra
http://en.community....5/19006871.aspx
My suggestions are to try and loan a known good psu and try running your card with that fitted and/or as I suggested in post #2 remove the 8600 add on card, hook up the onboard video and try that.
Dependent on what your future plans for the system are you may want to consider purchasing a quality brand and 80+ output psu, a good one can always be used for any future upgrade.
For a replacement psu I would recommend the one at the link I have provided as the minimum I would consider;
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341022 you will notice it has a pci-e connection for video cards etc, does your present video card have one of these connections but is not plugged in (is it drawing power from the MB only) and the other thing to check is click on the details tab and check the dimensions of the replacement psu and the stock one.
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Checked out the psu and it has a 350w output, leaning more towards getting a new video card. hoping that will be the solution. The one i have is 2 1/2 yrs old, time for an upgrade anyway.
I am not completely savy about changing hardware, will have read up on it.
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I have removed my video card and my power source, figure i might as well upgrade both. Now my real question is, what should i replace them with? With my pc being over 2 yrs old, i'm wondering what is compatable, and what will be a cost effective replacement? Trying to get this pc to last another year or so, dont wanna put big money into it. I saw the psu you suggested, and it looks like it will fit into my case, it is slightly bigger than my psu that is in it. (Lite-On 6351-2 350w)
Any suggestions on a video card? Mainly looking at gaming and reg web browsing.
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Did a lil research today and ordered http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102859 ATI Radeon 5750 and http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139019 Corsair 600w psu. Hopefully all will be well when they arrive.
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If you havn`t already your parts http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.514500 (money saver)
If you have already ordered the parts good luck with them and let us know how things work out.
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Already ordered :D looked at the psu you suggested, had a lil problem with the size, the 6.5" depth would really be pushing it to fit in my chasis. As far as the video card, i figured if i was gonna upgrade, i would go ahead and get a card with the direct x 11 compatability and go a step up above the 4870, looked really hard at that one before i bought though. Thank you very much for all the help, parts should arrive tues or wed and ill definitely let you know what happens.
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Thanks for the update :D we will await your feedback.
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