Hello everyone! This is my first post on this forum, and I wish it was under different circumstances.
The power went out for 2 hours at my house. When it came back on, my wife restarted our Dell computer but didn’t use it. She basically pressed the power button and then left the room. 9 hours later, after I came home from work, I attempted to bring it out of what I assumed was sleep mode, but it wouldn’t respond. I attempted to manually restart it but it never seems to get to the CMOS. It was plugged into a surge protector power strip, and not a cheap one at that.
Here’s the behavior it exhibits when I press the power button.
1) The power light comes on
2) The “checking the HD” light comes on
3) The “checking the CD-ROM” light comes on
4) The “checking the DVD Drive” light comes on
5) Eventually lights 2-4 turn off
6) Nothing else happens
Some of the expected behaviors that don’t occur are:
1) System beeps
2) My scanner warming up by having the scanning light turn on and move
3) Having the Windows XP start up sound activate
Things I’ve tried:
1) Removing the motherboard battery, waiting 10 minutes, and then putting it back in
2) Confirming that the monitor does function
3) Opening the computer case and look for melted parts or a burning odor (neither were found)
4) Confirming that all my connections were solid
Here are the specs of my system:
Machine: Dell Dimension 4600 that is 3 years old
OS: Windows XP SP 2
Ram: 1 Gig
Two Hard Drives, one of which I installed two months ago and was working fine
NVidia Video card with 256 megs of RAM
And I don’t think anything else I have hooked up to it is relevant.
Anyway, I’m kind of lost as to where to go from here. I am fortunate enough to have a second PC that I could, one by one, hook up the extra hardware to and see if any of them fail. But that’s quite a pain to do and would like to try some overall system fixes first. The interesting thing is, my second PC is not plugged into a surge protector and it seems to have come through the power outage unscathed.
Any help would be appreciated.