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Windows 7: No sign of output from computer

13 Oct 2013   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Is it possible to boot from the CD drive? That's an internal connection, right?

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13 Oct 2013   #22

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

It looks like the Red or Orange cable is the Data cable for the CD/DVD drive & the Blue cable is the data cable for the Hard Drive. Even if these two were disconnected, the computer should boot to a screen that says NO BOOT device. Or a chance to go into the bios setup. IF the on-board VGA video is working! Even though you get nothing on the TV screen, does the computer power stay ON or does it shut down & OFF in a short period of time? I see where your VGA is connected (circled in blue), that is built in video on the MB.
(Circled in RED) is a PCI-E video slot that would take a half height video card because of the slimline case.

I am guessing possibly BAD MB VGA video, but I still could be wrong. It's Trial & Error !!


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13 Oct 2013   #23

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by randomperson1 View Post
Thank you Slartybart for all the effort you have put into this, hopefully we can get this solved.

So now I'm not sure what happened but now the power button sometimes stays solid amber after turning on and does not change to white.

You are correct in saying it is a slim case. Here are some shots I took:












(Sorry about the bad picture quality, I took them with my phone.)

I don't think it would be video card/output related as the mouse never turns on and I never hear the start up sound.

Hopefully you find something from the pictures. Please let me know if you want me to take any other shots.
Yep but the ref I gave you still says you can get a decent 650 card in there but anyway. I'll leave to the others.
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13 Oct 2013   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Docbrown

I left it on for several hours before to see if anything would happen and it didn't shut off.

Is there any way to tell if it is vga connection without getting a video card? Is this the most likely reason for the problem or is there anything else? Thank you.
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13 Oct 2013   #25

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

One other thing that you said, something about HDMI connection for audio. HDMI can carry Audio & Video. So exactly how is the HDMI connected & what to ? Does the TV have a HDMI connection ?

Plus I found a Video card at NewEgg.com that has a half-height adapter bracket for $ 31.99 with a $10 rebate.

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card ( 100292DDR3L) - Newegg.com
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13 Oct 2013   #26

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

You are welcome. You say that sometimes the pwr light stays solid amber?

The solid amber pwr light indicates:
  • sleep/hibernate or
  • Mobo or
  • PwrSply
Here are the codes for the power light.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dell User Guide
6 Power button and light — Turns the computer on or off when pressed.

The light in the center of this button indicates the power state:
  • Off — The computer is either turned off, in hibernate mode, or is not receiving power.
  • Solid white — The computer is on.
  • Solid amber — The computer is
    • in sleep/standby mode or
    • there might be a problem with
      • the system board or
      • the power supply.
      • Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 57) for assistance.
  • Blinking amber — There may be a problem with either the system board or the power supply. Contact Dell (see “Contacting Dell” on page 57) for assistance.
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13 Oct 2013   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

DocBrown,

Thank you for mentioning this, I had thought about it before but then it slipped my mind. I will connect it to the TV via HDMI and see if that makes a difference. Preferably I would wait off on buying a video card until I can isolate that as the problem, but thank you for informing me about the video card you found.

Slartybart,

Is this serious and would it prevent anything from displaying?
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13 Oct 2013   #28

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Tried with HDMI. When the computer was off the TV said 'check signal cable' and when I turned it on it said 'no signal' so... something is happening when it turns on I guess.
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13 Oct 2013   #29

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

So is the Power Button White or Amber. In laptops sleep/standby blanks the screen?

We never asked you if this computer was still in warranty with Dell ?
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13 Oct 2013   #30

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Well I did mention before the 650 will fit and it is a very nice card and if the OP lived closer he could have my 610 for free.
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