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Dell Dimension 4600 Processor Problem


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#1 vantagefreedom

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 03:47 PM

Hello,

I'm working on my friends computer. It's a Dell Dimension 4600 and at boot up the computer comes on but no response from the monitor or anything else. It give a POST error code of 4 long beeps (pause) x 3. It took some time, but I was finally able to determine that it was a caching error and in other reports I found they resolve the promblem replacing the Processor which is a: 80546, 2.8, 1M, Pentium 4 Prescott DT, 533, DO
So does it sound like I've diagnosed the problem right? And if so, I would really really appreciate some help and the correct procedure to remove the old and replace the Processor. I found the exact on for 88.00, is that a good deal...any other suggestions would be again very appreciate. Thank you ahead of time.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 04:00 PM

Not sure where you got this info...but Dell beep codes appear to be in a series of 3, not quite what it appears to me what you have described.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...sm/adtshoot.htm

Did you attempt to run Dell Diagnostics on the system?

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:01 PM

Hello,

Yeah it was strange because my first search revealed no code that look like what I was getting, but that same website you sent me has the following:

4-4-4 beep code = Cache test failure I then found a forum where some some people had the exact same problem and resolved it by replacing the Processor.

I couldn't really run any kind of diagnostics because the monitor, keyboard, and mouse don't respond whatsoever!

Dunno :thumbsup:

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:15 PM

Before you throw any parts at it, inspect the caps near the CPU/voltage regulators for bulges or leaks.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:11 PM

There doesn't appear to be any bulges or leakage at all anywhere!

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:22 PM

There doesn't appear to be any bulges or leakage at all anywhere!


These links might be of some help to you in checking caps for leakage.

http://www.capacitorlab.com/visible-failures/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague

http://pc-medic.blogspot.com/2006/10/leaking-capacitors.html

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