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Arjento
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Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

Hi,

Ok for about a year now, after I've put on my PC, I would always have to restart it straight away. If not it would hard restart after about 10 minutes (I was told the pc power supply was the cause).

But now when I put the pc on. This happens:

The fan goes into overdrive mode making so much noise and my pc won't boot up into windows (I have a suspicion it is the power supply in my pc)

The power on button stays "amber" whereas it usually turns "green" when starting up.

Do you think it's the power supply? And is it easily replaceable.

My PC Stats are:

Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz
XPS 600, PD, 830 (3.00GHZ) 2X1MB, EM64T
MEMORY DUAL CHANNEL 2048MB (4X512) 667MH
250GB SATA (7200RPM) HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTS 250

 

When I first put on the electricity the number 4 lights up.



Then when I turn the power off then on again 3 lights up!

 

The fan in question is under the green box on the bottom right of the picture:

The close up of the fan:

Thanks.

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RoHe
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

Is the power button blinking or solid amber?

From the manual:

If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist. Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at your location (if applicable). Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the system board.

If the power light is steady amber, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed. Remove and then reinstall the memory modules. Remove and then reinstall any cards. Remove and then reinstall the graphics card, if applicable.

LED 4 by itself isn't a documented error code. LED 3 by itself may mean:  A possible processor failure has occurred.

If you meant you get 3+4, that's a RAM error, so try reseating the RAM modules in their slots.

Instructions to replace the PSU are here.

Ron

Ron

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I am not a Dell employee

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Davet50
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

there is not diagnostic code of 4 by it self but there is a 3 which indicates a CPU failure.

Is the amber light on solid or flashing?

What you can try is to remove all your ram sticks and cards and then power on the system and see if you get any different diagnostic light sequence. If you do refer to the codes show HERE. 

If not it could be either your CPU or your motherboard that is the fault

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Arjento
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

It's a solid amber and number 4 lights up on it's own.

I'll pull out the ram and let you know the results soon.

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Arjento
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

Ok I removed all my RAM then started the system.

Same thing happens and the number 4 stays on constant.

What's the next step?

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Davet50
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

Do your system fans spin up? have you removed all your plug in cards and disconnected the power connection to all of your drives.

If you fans spin up it is a pretty good sign that your power supply is good and then it would be the motherboard. If the fans do not spin up then I would suspect the power supply.

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Arjento
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

I will try removing all my plug in cards (sorry I'm not familiar with the insides of the machine and hope I don't mess anything up) and post my results.

In the event that I buy a new desktop machine, how could I transfer my data from the old hard disk?

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RoHe
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

Here's the manual for removing/installing hardware in the XPS 600. While you're stripping it down, disconnect the optical drives, etc too. Strip it down leaving only bare essentials to boot, eg: hard drive, RAM, video card, and CPU. 

You could install the old drive as a secondary drive in the new system. You could use it there as additional storage, or remove it after you copy the files over to the new hard drive. Alternatively you could install the old drive in an external housing that connects to the new PC via USB.

Ron

Ron

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RoHe
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

One more thing.

After you strip it down, remove the motherboard battery and press/hold power button on tower for ~30 sec. Then reinstall the battery (right-side-up). Maybe that will clear the error message.

Always power off, unplug and press/hold power button for ~15 sec before working inside the case.

Ron

Ron

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Dellio
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Re: Dell XPS 600 Startup Problem

Hi, Speaking of system error messages, my friend had had a few problems with his XPS600. Ever since he bought his system, and every time he booted up, he would get this WARNING- system battery Voltage low, Press F1 to continue...you know the rest. Could it be that his cmos cell CR2032 battery is defective when he received his system from Dell?  

When I get over to his house, check the battery and if it is securely set in position, if, so, I'll replace it, OR firstly, by clearing the BIOS or updating the BIOS get rid of this annoying boot procedure?  Does the error message always mean it's the cmos board battery?  Thanks.

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