pulling my hair out - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-28-2006, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2
Default pulling my hair out

my mom's base model dell started turning itself off whenever she turned it on. it would boot, get to the desktop, and then shut off. so far i have replaced the power supply, reseated the memory, replaced the heat sink fan. now it's not turning on at all. i have the side off so i can see what's going on. there is a small green led light near the processor that is always lit. when i hit the power button, there is a red led light that turns off and turns off in less than a second. the heatsink fan turns like its starting up, and then just stops. it seems like a power thing, but im not sure since i replaced the power supply already.

another weird thing, when she first brought it over, i reseated the memory, and it powered up and i was using it all day like normal. i let it sit for a couple weeks while i was on vacation. came back to hook it up and now it's doing this.

any ideas?

dirtybird is offline  
Old 02-28-2006, 05:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
Monster Techie
MrCoffee's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: UK
Posts: 1,858

did you isolate what the original problem was? I guess it was the CPU fan not working causing the CPU to overheat?

I'm guessing the motherboard/CPU are damaged by heat from the CPU fan not working. maybe you could take out the CPU and look for any obvious damage?

Unfortunately it does currently sound like you have motherboard damage.

MrCoffee is offline  
Old 02-28-2006, 06:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2

processor looks fine. i just ordered another motherboard. hopefully that will work

dirtybird is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:42 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.