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Dell Vostro 230 SFF- Won't boot up

Posted on 2012-03-29
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When I power up my dell Vostro 230 SFF a steady amber light is on but no video is displayed to the screen and it will not boot up. The drive is a sold state drive and it sounds like it is spinning.

I thought it was the power supply, I replaced it and that didn't work.

Any assistance to resolve would be helpful.

Thanks.
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A solid amber power led indicates a probable power issue. First I would bypass any surge protectors, or ups's. If the isssue continues and since you have already replaced the psu, strip the system by unplugging all drives(ssd, hdds, optical drives etc), remove all expansion cards(modems, nics, video cards, etc) and remove the memory. Now try to power the system on and see of you get beep codes. If you get no beep codes either the motherboard or cpu has failed. If you get a beep code post the code.  Also an ssd(solid state disk) doesn't spin.
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>>  The drive is a sold state drive and it sounds like it is spinning.    <<   as said - an SSD does not spin, so you have either a BAD SSD  - or hear another device spinning : fan - ext drive, CD
   
use the minimum setup as described in this guide :  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Components/Motherboards/A_1945.html
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You may try with another monitor (if you got any) and see whether will have the display on that monitor. if yes, then is the monitor issue.
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Since I didn't have a motherboard or cpu to compare against I took the computer to my local shop and they confirmed that the issue is either with the cpu or motherboard, but most likely the cpu since the system does not post.

He said SFF tend to have cooling issues and sometimes parts burn out.

I think I'll sell it for parts, no more SFF's for me.

Thanks to everyone for their input.
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tx for feedback
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