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Inspiron 531 will NOT boot

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pushed the power button on CPU, monitor stays black, power button turns white, can hear hard drive start up, cabinet blower stops after about 1 minute, NO beeps after powering on.. Any help is needed. thanks. Undeer

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  • Having a similar problem with the Inspiron 530.  Turn on, screen remains black and then there follows 4 high pitched bleeps, can't get through to an online technician, computer only 11 months old and mostle used for internet access and itunes etc.  Appreciate any help, have removed all cabling and all peripheries and still no joy!

     

  • Bodenwear - Four beeps on the 530 means a RAM (memory) problem. Power off and disconnect the PC from the wall. Press/hold power button for ~15 sec. Open the case and carefully reseat the RAM modules in their slots. Close the case and see if it boots with only mouse, monitor and keyboard attached.

    If that doesn't solve the problem, power off, unplug etc. and remove all RAM modules except for the one in slot 1. If it boots with just that one, power off, etc. and test all of the modules in slot 1 until you ID a bum module.

    Undeer - Are you saying the power button goes off, and isn't either blue or amber? That might suggest a power supply problem.

    Ron

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  • Ron I get an amber light but no blue light. I don't get any beeps either. I tryed a power supply out of a working computer and did the same thing. Undeer

     

  • Undeer-

    From the manual:

    If the power light is steady amber, there may be a power problem or an internal device malfunction.
    Ensure  that all power cables are securely connected to the system board (see System Board Components).
    Ensure that the main power cable and front panel cable are securely connected to the system board (see System Board Components).

    If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical power, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
    Remove and then reinstall the memory modules (see Memory).
    Remove and then reinstall any cards (see Cards).
    Remove and then reinstall the graphics card, if applicable (see Cards).

    You may have to strip it down to bare essentials (hard drive, video card and RAM modules) and see if you can get it to boot with only mouse, monitor and keyboard attached.

    Ron

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  • The monitor power button is blue until i push power button on cpu, then turns amber, can hear hard drive start up, seems like it is going through the boot up, NO beeps after powering on.

  • What color is the power button on your Inspiron 531 (cpu), solid blue, blinking blue, solid amber or blinking amber?

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  • Solid Blue

  • Most likely a power supply (PSU) failure.  If the computer is still under warranty contact Dell for a replacement.  If not and you're comfortable around computers you can try the test in this thread to verify.  Any ATX PSU will fit in a 531.

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  • JXKTX

    Thank you for your quick response.

    I tried another power supply and same results i forgot to metion the monitor has a message that reads somthing like going in power mode something like that, getting frustrated.

  • Check the cable between monitor and video output on the PC. Also, can you test this monitor on different PC? Or another monitor on this PC?

    Failed video card?

    Ron

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  • I put a new pci express card in it tried new vga and digi cable still says sme thing anybody want to buy a dell 531 2....................................

  • Well before you sell it, try replacing the CMOS battery.  This is a shot in the dark, but it's less than $5 and worth a shot.  Look for a CR2032 at any drug store or Walmart.  Otherwise you are probably talking about a failed motherboard.

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  • Did you try Safe Mode after you installed the new video card, in case the old video driver isn't compatible with the new card? 

    Did you try a different monitor?

    Did you disconnect all peripherals except mouse, monitor and keyboard?

    Did you perhaps leave a non-bootable disk in a floppy or optical drive, or leave a USB memory stick plugged in?

    Before you even buy a new battery, try clearing BIOS setup:

    Power off and unplug

    Press/hold power button for ~15 sec

    Open the case and remove the motherboard battery

    Press/hold power button again for ~30 sec

    Reinstall the battery (right-side-up!) and reboot with only mouse, monitor and keyboard connected.

    Ron

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  • Ron

    I have done everything you have suggested above and some the message i am getting that appears on the screen is entering  power save mode on three monitors.

  • Guess it's time to consider a motherboard failure.

    One more thing to try:

    Strip it down to barest essentials. Disconnect all peripherals, including network/modem cable. Remove all PCI cards except video, disconnect all drives except boot hard drive, remove all RAM modules except the one in slot 1. Do the "battery thing" (see my previous post) and see if it'll boot with only mouse, monitor and keyboard.

    If no go... Crying

    Ron

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