Got a new (refurb) Dimension 8400. Seemed to have sporadic problems booting and would get stuck at POST.
The progress indicator for POST on start-up would just freeze with no error message. Could not hit F2 or any keys.
Rebooted again and this time received a message alerting that the system was halted and could not boot. That it had encountered an Ithr error and to contact Dell Support.
Of course I should have learned my lesson in helping others to not buy Dell even if it were a bargain.
So I tried putting the memory in reverse locations, tried one 512mb PC34200 memory stick instead of the 2, reflashed the Bios, still could not boot/get past post. A lot of times would just hear steady beeps.
Bad memory, Bad motherboard, Just a fool for buying a Dell I assume.
Have 1 year warranty but damn if you can get through to them on the phone. I have a small business helping others with PC's, recommending them, etc.. I should have stuck to my guns and followed the advice I give my 150 customers thus far--Never buy a Dell, never accept a Dell as a gift.
Only things in the unit are an SATA drive, 2 CD drives, modem, and Geforce 256mb card--all came with unit.
Thanks for any help,