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    Posted: 13 October 2011 at 5:40pm
Originally posted by slaz slaz wrote:


Originally posted by The Builder The Builder wrote:

Or very slightly loose RAM, deffo re-seat it.


True ...


I second that, some of the dells I see at work have serious build quality issues
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Originally posted by The Builder The Builder wrote:

Or very slightly loose RAM, deffo re-seat it.


True ...
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I find it funny that it even booted this morning. pc wasnt even getting to the dell screen last night
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Or very slightly loose RAM, deffo re-seat it.
It just is.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote slaz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2011 at 3:47pm
Originally posted by soundchippy soundchippy wrote:

Gave the machine a try today. Booted into Bios, reset defaults (not sure if this did anything tbh), then ran the dell factory restore from the recovery partition. Woking fine now.  Confused

Thanks for all the tips.


Looks like

"Oh yeah - one more possibility - you may just have corrupted BIOS setup data (CMOS data)."

was probably a correct diagnosis then :-)




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Gave the machine a try today. Booted into Bios, reset defaults (not sure if this did anything tbh), then ran the dell factory restore from the recovery partition. Woking fine now.  Confused

Thanks for all the tips.
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Two different issues. The updates, fine.
The flashing coloured lines are ram of some sort (or make sure your video cable is firmly attached).
RAM could be system or Video.
Make sure all RAM is seated propperly, if you have two sticks, try one at a time.
There are Dell diagnostics onboard to check RAM as said above.
It just is.
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I've seen bad RAM cause similar issues.

If you can get into setup on boot (F2?) worth doing a memory test.
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thanks for the help. but no luck i'm afraid. on the phone to dell in the morning i think.
lucky really as i backed up all my data quite recently.
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Originally posted by soundchippy soundchippy wrote:

thanks for the advice. i got half way through the dell datasafe thing this time before it crashed. just going to try a full restore if i can get it to works one more time.


If you want to get at your data, best to take the HD out of the machine, hook it up to a USB<->SATA adapter (or similar) and attach to another machine ....

Oh yeah - one more possibility - you may just have corrupted BIOS setup data (CMOS data).

Switch off completetly, unplug from mains, leave for a minute or two. Ten open up the machine and remove the CMOS battery (usually a 2032 coin cell) .... leave a few minutes, then replace the battery and fire back up again. You may something to the effect of "BIOS defaults used" ..... set the time and date and see how you go.



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thanks for the advice. i got half way through the dell datasafe thing this time before it crashed. just going to try a full restore if i can get it to works one more time.
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Originally posted by soundchippy soundchippy wrote:

all fans appear to be working correctly. the machine is less than a year old.

the power button flashes about every 2 or 3 seconds when it tries to boot.


Sounds rather like the motherboard has fallen over in some way, but could also be memory, PSU ... all sorts.

Assuming desktop machine ... you might try :-

Switch off completely. Take out the mains IEC from the back, and leave it a few minutes.

If it shows signs of life after this, use boot menu (usually F12) and see if there a "Dell diagnostics" option. If so (attempt to) run it .... might give you some clues.

Otherwise, unless you're fairly used to solving these kinds of probs, invoke your warranty if applicable, or take it to a competent tech.


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