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#26 OFFLINE   SueD

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Posted 09 September 2017 - 11:21 AM

Thanks Ray! They've got some decent prices. I'll check the one I usually go to in Cornwall and see if/when I get a new one, if they can match or even better those prices. :)
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:17 AM

*UPDATE*

Things have gone from bad to worse. It's kind of shutting down after it's on for about 5 minutes. I say kind of because the power button remains lit BUT now is flashing and beeping continuously. I've checked out Dell's beep codes and they have nothing for this, only up to 7 beeps. This thing goes on for way more than 7 beeps if I let it. :'(
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 10:57 AM

Do you have diagnostic lights on the back of the tower?

The series of beeps will continue forever if the computer stays on.

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The delay between each beep is 300ms. The delay between each set of beeps is 3 sec, and the beep sound lasts 300ms.
Is there any delay between the series of beeps?
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Posted 21 October 2017 - 01:05 PM

That's exactly what's going on, the computer isn't shutting down. The space between beeps is about as long as the beeps themselves. I did see what Dell said about the length of time and it doesn't jive with what's going on with my desktop. And since the list had 7 beeps max and I finally pushed the button after 15, I figured I have a much larger problem than that. Besides, IIRC, the beeps they're talking about is at boot, not at shutdown, right?

As for diagnostic lights, there are none back there.
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 03:30 PM

Besides the beeps, you said it is flashing. What flashes?
It almost sounds as if it is a video problem because when you mention sort of shuts down but it beeps and the power light is still lit so it isn't actually off. There is power. I suspect you see a black screen.

Do you have any spare video cards to throw in and test if it could be the onboard video that's the problem?

I'm looking for beeping on Inspiron 560s after the computer loads the OS.
For one person, it was a mini keyboard not the one that came with the Inspiron. For another, it turned out to be a bad stick of RAM.

I'll keep digging.

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 11:59 AM

Sorry Liz, I thought I had mentioned it was the power button that keeps flashing.

I have a feeling you and I are finding the same posts about similar problems since my search parameters are the same. I haven't got any spare ram sticks but I removed 1 at a time to see if that could be the culprit. So both are back seated nice and snug in their respective slots.

I haven't got a spare vid card hanging around but I know where I can get one in a few days.

Maybe this thread should be moved to the Hardware forum since it's not linux related?
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:22 PM

Power supply? That was Digerati's hunch earlier.
Your machine will use a standard 24 pin ATX power supply if you have one around.

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:48 PM

A blinking yellow light indicates the power supply is receiving power from the wall, but not functioning properly. This generally means the power supply itself is bad and should be tested or replaced.


A blinking green light means the computer is in standby mode.

So what color is the blinking power light?
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Posted 23 October 2017 - 05:09 PM

Ray, PSU was replaced about 3 years ago. Steve's got a meter and checked it out last week and it's fine.

Liz, the button's flashing white, the same colour it is when it's on.
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Posted 24 October 2017 - 10:19 AM

Okay, that would seem to indicate the same as computers with green power on lights. So, for some strange reason, your computer is going into standby mode.

Can you try a live distro on CD/DVD or USB stick and see if the same behavior occurs?
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Posted 19 November 2017 - 09:09 AM

My last update on this matter...

I give up. Threw in a decent vid card and things were going great for 7 days. On the 8th day, it's repeating what it was doing before. At 7 years old, maybe it's just time to admit this Dell is done and it's time to get a new computer made.

Thanks for all your help and ideas everyone.
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Posted 19 November 2017 - 09:21 AM

View PostSueD, on 19 November 2017 - 09:09 AM, said:

At 7 years old, maybe it's just time to admit this Dell is done and it's time to get a new computer made.

Yeah, I would if you can.
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