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DELL Vostro 410 w/ VISTA power cycles 3 times before showing BIOS screen

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when I turn the power on, on this computer, the power button illuminates, the green light in the rear on the power supply illuminates, the fans spin up. Then the lights stay on, but the fans turn off. It does this three times before it actually starts a normal boot.

Is this normal for this model? Or is it a sign that there might be other problems. Like maybe a video card that is giving me problems [a separate question was posted].
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No it is not normal. Try booting with a bootable CD (Ultimate Boot CD or equivalent). If it boots properly with CD, the hard drive could be having a problem. If it does not boot properly with a CD, then there is a hardware problem.  

If hardware, check memory and CPU mounting (making sure it is secure and properly cooled with a heat sink).

Please let us know.
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in most cases, it will point to a bad power supply.
so, if you have one around, swap it out for testing.
**it can be due to motherboard problems also
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thank you experts. my apologies for the delay in awarding points. the pc has been sidelined for future testing.
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@RSchierer - Thank you and I hope the machine works after testing.
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