Inspiron 530, 6 months out of warrantee, suddenly will not start. The fans come on for a few seconds (CPU and rear case fan) with a steady amber light on the start button, then shuts down. A few seconds later it tries to start again with same indications and results. Will continue to cycle until I press and hold the start button or unplug the power cord. No beeps. I have:
Tested the power supply and it checked normal. Tried another power supply and same results.
Unplugged all the drives, memory and devices. Same result.
Suspect it is either the CPU or Motherboard. Anyone have any other ideas?
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I would go with the motherboard. Cpu's rarely fail. found this one HERE
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Thanks for the reply. The 530 has the same processor as you have (Q6600), not sure if the suggested MB will support a quad core, since it's a different number than the installed DG33M03 MB. I'll call them in the morning and check. Was hoping for a simpler solution.
The 530 systems were build with two different models of motherboards, for the Core 2 Quad processor you need FoxConn G33m03 [Dell P/N OFM586] motherboard, this supports both, Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo processors.
A refurbished Dell OEM Inspiron 530 OFM586 motherboard can be purchased from HERE
Thanks for the reply. Their price/guarantee is slightly better than the dealer suggested by Davet50. Would you agree with the assessment that the problem is most likely the MB?
MB came today (very good service), put it in, same problem exists. With everything unplugged from the MB except the power switch module, still does the same thing. Something apparently won't let it get through the POST. Almost got to be the switch itself is grounded, or the processor is bad. I have another 530 I can probably use to test the switch, I guess. Would another less expensive processor work in the DG33 MB? I'd be better off buying a new computer than spending $200 on another Q6600.
You can use any of the following processors.
Intel Celeron Processor 420 (1.6 GHz, 800 FSB)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2140 (1.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2160 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200(2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Wolfdale Dual Core, E8400, 3.0GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, E0
Wolfdale Dual Core, E8500, 3.16GHz, 6MB, 1333FSB, 65W, C0
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 (2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 (2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)