Dell Dimension 4600 Troubleshooting
Computer won't turn on
"The computer won't turn on no matter what you do."
- Verify that the power cord is plugged in and is delivering power.
- Hold on button until the computer lights up.
Bad Power Supply Unit
If there is no response from the computer when trying to power on, there may be a problem with the power supply unit. Verify that all power cords are properly connected before attempting to replace the power supply.
If there is no response from the computer when trying to power on, it is a possibility that there is a problem with the motherboard. Verify the other components of the computer are functioning correctly and that they are properly connected together before attempting to replace the motherboard.
Computer turns on, But won't start up
"The computer turns on, but is unable to function."
Verify that the monitor used is functioning properly and is correctly connected to the desktop. A light should appear near the power indicator on the monitor to show that power is being received.
Bad Video Card
If the computer starts up, but nothing appears on the screen, the video card may be damaged and need replacement.
If the computer starts up, but is unable to load the operating system, you need to replace the RAM.
Bad Hard Drive
If the computer starts up, but fails to boot from the disk, the hard drive may be failing. You will need to replace it.
If the computer starts up, but then begins to make loud sounds followed by the computer shutting down, the desktop may be overheating due to a broken fan. You need to replace the fan.
Broken Optical Drive
If the computer won't recognize discs, or won't burn to a disc there is a problem with the optical drive. You need to replace it.
Bad Sound Card
If no sound will come from properly connected and installed speakers, there may be an issue with software. Verify that the proper drivers are installed for your specific sound card. If your problem is not software related, you need to replace the sound card.