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iburiedpaul

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Hey Gang, I was wondering if you might be able to help me out with an issue i'm having with my Dell Dimension E521 desktop computer. I use an acer monitor with it which still works fine. The trouble started a week ago when i went to turn on my computer, pushed the power button and all i got was a flashing green battery symbol on the front of the machine. I unplugged it and left it for a few days only to find that it now only flashes a dull amber light. Can someone please help me with this??? :( I have so much on my desktop and I really need a miracle here.. :upset:
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Hello iburiedpau

The information that you have provided suggests that there is a power issue and possibly a bad PSU or internal connection (this may include a loose memory stick or add on video card if one is present).

Your computer has four diagnostic LEDs on the front (number 1 to the left - number 4 is furthest to the right) can you check what they are showing please and let us know, to help with this ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dimension_desktops/dimension-e521_service%20manual_en-us.pdf
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Of course, I'll get back to you with that info ASAP. Thanks again :thumbsup:
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You are welcome iburiedpaul :thumbsup:
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Hey guys, As far as lights go, whenever i hit the power button the numbers 1, 2, 3, and battery symbol briefly flash a light orange color then immediately go out. Any idea on what that could be? Thanks :confused:

Edited by iburiedpaul, 03 October 2013 - 03:38 PM.

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Unfortunately my knowledge doesn't extend as far as the power supplies, but do not worry about your data, as it is on your hard drive and should be fine. You can easily pull it out if all else fails.
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Thanks man :) Anyone else have an idea?
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Try a known good PSU, reseat the Ram and if one is present the video card and make sure that all internal connections are securely connected (including the cooling fans).
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Could you please provide a list of steps to do this? It would be a huge help, Thank you again :thumbsup:
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PSU
Ram
Video card (if one is present)

Let us know whether or not you do have an add on video card and if so please include the brand and model name or number of the card for us.

You are welcome BTW :thumbsup:
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PSU
Ram
Video card (if one is present)

Let us know whether or not you do have an add on video card and if so please include the brand and model name or number of the card for us.

You are welcome BTW :thumbsup:


Sorry guys lol not sure what either one of those things are :blush:
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Have you checked out the individual step by step instructions for the PSU, Ram and the video card
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Yes, I plan on opening up my computer to try some of things you suggested. I'll get back to you with my results :)
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Should i open the computer just to check the card type for you, also, Should i remove the battery? Thanks for your patience with my comp tech ignorance thus far :wacko:
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Yes, I plan on opening up my computer to try some of things you suggested. I'll get back to you with my results :)



Should i open the computer just to check the card type for you, also, Should i remove the battery? Thanks for your patience with my comp tech ignorance thus far :wacko:

Yes please :thumbsup:

You are most welcome BTW and don`t worry ask as many questions as you feel that you need to :happy:
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