Hi i had this problem on a laptop about 2 yrs ago same thing happend i was told to reinistall windows i did that and it worked hope this helps
Thanks Peter. Excuse my naivete but what do you mean by "reseating"? Do you mean to re-connect them?
The power indicator on the front is green and there's also an LED on the motherboard near the power supply connection that is green. I'll check for diagnostic lights when I get home later.
Reseating basically means to pull the part out and put it back. It may sound ridiculous but it has fixed many machines. Sometimes the contacts become slightly tarnished or oxidized or items can work out of connectors due to heating and cooling.
Also see if the beep pattern is in this table.
Thanks Peter I will try that.
Although there's been another scary update... I plugged my computer in place of that one so my wife could continue working and the same thing happened to that one. She IM'd me and it was printint 4,8 and 9s as she wrote. I had her shut it down it immediately before it fizzled out completely like the other.
I don't know what this development means but it's starting to just feel like a virus. I'll still report back about the other proposed fix.
Before reseating the Dell, I plugged it in another room and it started fine. Ran a virus check and nothing came up.
I ran a virus check on the other computer and nothing came up. I still don't have a clue what went wrong. Thanks for your help Peter.