Freezes during the initial boot screen with the blue Dell logo / Power On Self Test- POST)

My DIMENSION 8250 freezes during the initial boot screen with the blue Dell logo (also known as the Power On Self Test, or POST)every time. It will not give me any other options.

Please help...
Thank you,
Paula
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Erik PittiCommented:
Have you recently installed any hardware?

New hard drive/RAM/video card?  If so, remove them and see if you get past the POST screen.

If the machine is still under warranty, I'd call Dell.
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jamietonerCommented:
Whiloe its locked check the diag leds on the back marked abcd what color are they?
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qz8dswCommented:
Hi Paula,

I'll first clarify jamietoners post.
On the Dell there are 4 lights right at the back all beside each other (Where all the keyboard etc... all plug in).  As it's testing itself they will go orange/red, then green in any particular order they want. Thats normal.
When you hang as such, are those lights all green? If not we need to know which ones are not green.
If you look closely they have A,B,C,D on them.

Is there any error/message at all that shows up on screen?
And as chakote asked did you install any hardware?
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and235100Commented:
Can you hit Del or F2 to actually get into the setup options?

If so - look for an option called "reset to bios defaults" (or similar)

Now try booting again.
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ridCommented:
I've seen this when HD is going out/gone bad. How long do you wait before restarting? Sometimes it takes "forever" until an error message appears.
/RID
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