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I have a DELL computer that I bought about 3 years ago. The crash happened yesterday which was the day with a lot of rain and thunder; meaning that there can be high chances of power surge.

This is what happened:
I was playing a game and my computer froze. I tried to open up task manager and pressed alt-tab to get out of the freezing situation. Then I saw cracked figures in my monitor. I had no choice to force shut down by holding the power button. The computer shutted down. I pressed the power button again but did not turn on. My LED light which I think hooks up as power sw blinks couple of times(orange and green) before it gives no response. My front fan starts to spin but stops after 2 seconds. The computer does not start-dead.

Here are my questions:
1. Is it most probable that this situation occurred because of the PSU?
a. Any program that can test the PSU functionality?
b. Procedure to test the PSU. e.g. like hooking up to a different so I can run the test program.
2. Any other predictions?
    
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post #2 of 68
1. does sound like a psu fail.
2. <leaving blank, knows something of it, but not sure>
3. rip it out, plug into another working system. if it boots its fine, run a test. if not. buy a new one.
4. Sounds like your computer copped a Power surge/Spike and your power unit copped it all, although, i had a pc (did the same thing. minus the dodgy weather) and when i replaced the PSU, the Northbridge caught fire.
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post #3 of 68
http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...y/00000009.htm

That might help. Watch the blinks and make it a hex number. I had a Dell problem and found an error led code somewhere and it solved it.

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When a system does not even boot, is it most probable that PSU has failed?
    
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post #5 of 68
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Quote:
Originally Posted by se7en56 View Post
http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...y/00000009.htm

That might help. Watch the blinks and make it a hex number. I had a Dell problem and found an error led code somewhere and it solved it.

I think I can use this if my computer turns on.
    
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post #6 of 68
You said your LED blinks a few times orange and green, that's what this is haha. I think green is 0 and orange is 1. So watch that and then convert int hex. My Dell didn't boot because the 4-pin connector for the cpu went bad. Nothing happened when I tried to turn it on, no LED's or anything. So if you are getting led's that means it is teelling you something is wrong. Not the PSU if you get that. Although it could be bad but your mobo is still getting power
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post #7 of 68
Quote:
Originally Posted by legendor View Post
When a system does not even boot, is it most probable that PSU has failed?
Nope. take out the processor. barstard wont boot then either*.



*Varies on motherboards, mine will. but it will beep off its face
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post #8 of 68
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LED is the light located at the power button, right?
    
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post #9 of 68
there is one inside the computer, Open the case up. look on the motherboard.

LED is the light @ the power button, but that does different stuff (such as "power" and "HDD busy")
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post #10 of 68
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My motherboard is getting power with green light. The LED next to my power sw is blinking orange and green.
    
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