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piper.fam
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Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

I have a Dell Inspiron 518 that I bought sometime in February 2009, and it's been working great. Until a few nights ago, that is, when I unplugged it because I was afraid lightning might hit our house/our power go out and the house power had flashed on/off right as I was reaching for the power cord. I went to plug it back in later on after the storm passed, and it wouldn't turn on. The only things that had been unplugged were the power cords... The monitor is working fine, but I'm guetting nothing from the tower. When I plug it in a light comes on in the back under the power cable, and there's a small amber/orange light on the motherboard (which I'm hoping is a good sign, I've never really ventured inside a computer before). Once before, after unplugging it because I had to move something behind the cord, the power button would not show anything for a few minutes, then would flash amber when I pressed it, then mysteriously worked about an hour later... Now I don't know what to do, as there's nothing coming from the power button at all, the only signs of life I can see are the two lights I mentioned. No 'Beeps,' no working fans, anything. I've tried reseating all the cables I can get to, and that didn't help. Tried multiple power cords, in different outlets, etc. but nothing works.

Can anyone help?

Thanks in advance.

    -Ben

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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

You can try reseating the RAM. Sometimes, for whatever reason that I wish I could explain, RAM gets a little mucked up. Taking it out & putting it back in can cause it to just kick over & work next time you power it on.

Next you can try putting in a different power supply.

 

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piper.fam
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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

Thanks for the fast response. I tried that, but it still won't power on. Any other suggestions? Thanks Smiley Happy

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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

You tried putting in a new power supply also (assuming you have one lying around)? If so & it didn't work then it's a possibility the motherboard got fried. No one likes to think that, but it's possible.

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Inspiron Micro Desktop (mid 2015)- Celeron, 4GB, 32GB eMMC
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jontra
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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

I have the same issue, did you ever get a successful solution here?

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Beestest
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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

my situation is almost exactly the same as the first post, Feb 09 build date, dead but the the light on the back and the amber light on the motherboard.

I have removed and reseated the ram and hard as per Dells database suggestion.

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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

Hi Beestest,

Welcome to Dell Community,

As you have told, that there are lights on the power indicator on the back and also on the Mobo, it certainly seems that its not the power .

Good that you have tried re-seating the Memory modules,

Try re-seating the video card or any expansion cards back if you can, Use the manual for the help on "How to reseat".

Would request  you to try by removing the Optical drive cables and Hard drive cables from the motherboards end and remove all the memory modules and turning on the computer

If you get any beep codes, Motherboard is fine, if not then its a motherbaord failure.

P S-Let us know the computer model, which can us help better.

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RobinBredin
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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

my situation is almost exactly the same as the first post, Feb 09 build date, dead but the the light on the back and the amber light on the motherboard.

I have removed and reseated the ram and hard as per Dells database suggestion.

What is your model, and what color is your power light.

      

If my answer Was helpful?  Please let me know by clicking on the 'Did this answer your question' and clicking on the Yes button.  Thanks.


 

 

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Ashleywagn
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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

I am having the same issues with my Dell Inspiron 518. The green light on the back of the power supply lights up and theres a yellowish light on the motherboard that lights up as well. I have followed the instructions that were given above and I'm still having the same issues. Can you help me please.

Thank you,

Ashley W.

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osprey4
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Re: Dell Inspiron 518 won't turn on

Hi Ashley,

Did you remove the optical and hard drive cables from the motherboard end and remove all the memory modules and try turning on the computer? Do you get any beeps?

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