Originally Posted by VgRt6
I did some searching on the internet and found that this seems to be a common issue on these Dells, sort of a long term infant mortality issue. The most common causes seem to be a bad PSU, MOBO or a shorted USB input.
I can name at least 15 different reasons for your failure. Many only know of one or two. Therefore every reply is "it could be this or might be that". Useless.
Either you keep replacing parts on wild speculation (ie those 'could bes'). Or you get numbers so that the few who actually know this stuff will replace with "this is definitively good - not a problem" or "that is definitively bad". See the difference? One word. Definitely. No 'could bes'.
That means you must buy or borrow a multimeter. A tool so ubiqutious as to be sold in K-amrt, Wal-mart, Radio Shack, and most stores that sell hammers. Costs maybe $18 in Wal-mart.
Without numbers from the meter, those who can say - without doubt - what has failed must remain silent. IOW your replies will only be as good as the information you provide. No numbers from a meter? Then start replacing parts until something works. Those are your only two options. The meter typically means 1) solving the problem multiple times faster, 2) spending less money, and 3) actually learning something. Your choice.