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#1 Lucas Edogawa

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Posted 16 May 2009 - 10:35 PM

My Dell Dimension E510 (Windows XP) has a very annoying problem.

Whenever I try to turn it on, it blinks amber on the power switch.
I leave it there for 30 minutes+ and it still blinks.

It's only when I unplug the computer, remove the BIOS battery, reinsert the battery, and plug in the computer will it turn on.
It blinks amber constantly when plugged in, then it turns on.
I have to reenter the time EVERY SINGLE TIME I do that it annoys the heck out of me.
It also takes a while to remove everything too. :thumbsup:

I tried a whole bunch of different BIOS batteries (CR2032) and it has the same problem.
Any help would be appreciated.

Edited by Lucas Edogawa, 16 May 2009 - 10:36 PM.

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:48 AM

Sounds like the power supply is having issues.
A Dell power supply is usually proprietary & has to be replaced with a Dell power supply.
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#3 Lucas Edogawa

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 07:43 AM

Aww....
That sucks.
I guess I'll have to stick with my trick then. :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 10:47 AM

A Dell power supply is usually proprietary & has to be replaced with a Dell power supply.


That is no longer the case, but you do have to pay attention to the size (length) of the replacement
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 12:37 PM

The link is for illistration only.
[I'm not recommending anything]

If you look at a Dell compatible power supply you will see it has the Dell P6 (6-pin) connector that most standard ATX power supplies don't have.
There is a molex 4 pin to Dell P6 (6-pin) adapter cable that can be bought thopugh.

http://www.cputopia.com/hp-400w-dell-dimension-e510.html
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Posted 17 May 2009 - 08:24 PM

It's cheating but what the heck
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#7 Lucas Edogawa

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Posted 17 May 2009 - 09:21 PM

Well it doesn't matter anymore the computer now has a "disk read error"
Worst computer ever....
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:57 AM

Your disk read error could be caused by a failing power supply.
If the power supply isn't working right nothing in the computer will work right & the longer it goes the worse it will get.
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:30 PM

The stupid thing is I have 2 of the same computer and one dies while the other is perfectly fine.

What causes a power supply to fail anyway?
And I forgot to mention if I take the battery out and turn it on it still turns on but if I turn it off again and turn it on it won't turn on. :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 05:50 PM

Try putting a new battery on it.
They're cheap & worth a try.

It's not all that uncommon for a part to fail while 1 identicle to it [same brand/model seems to last forever.
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 05:16 PM

Tried it, same thing happened.

And there's a disk read error anyways so even if it did boot up there would be no point. -_-
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