Computer completely stopped except a tiny bulb on the mot...

February 3, 2013 at 14:24:01
Specs: Windows XP, Intel pentium 4/unknown ram

2 weeks before I turned on my old computer and it beeped, I had no time so I just googled "beeping computer" and all these things about a BIOS showed up. I did nothing until 2 days before. I looked up the bios and found out that the CPU had failed, so I orderd the same Intel 2000 pentium 4. So I left for around 24 hours and when I come back and plug it in, nothing happened, the power supple light is off, fans are off (let me just set this straight, I took out the CPU and didn't test it, I took it to my friend who knows other stuff about computers(but I'm better, except he knows some things I don't) and a pin fell out, so I told him these stories and came up with ways to test the computer (idk what I was thinking) and I come back and plug it in (no CPU) and nothing happens, since it said CPU failed it should beep with no CPU, so I put in the CPU (that now has 1 less pin due to a little kid) and still nothing, and nothing worked but a single light on the motherboard, and ABSOLUTELY nothing else did (I believe I made my point).

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#1
February 3, 2013 at 14:35:06

The PSU (Power Supply Unit) inside the case may have failed. Fit a new one, higher output wattage than the existing one is preferable.

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#2
February 3, 2013 at 14:45:04

Let me get this right. You have a pin missing from your processor and you are wondering why it doesn't work. I'd have thought the answer was obvious - they don't put those pins there just for show.

Are you asking a question or just telling us a story?


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#3
February 3, 2013 at 14:49:41

No, it failed, and I brought it to someone's house so they can help me, and a kid that was there broke off a pin

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#4
February 3, 2013 at 14:54:40

I figured.... Can you show me a link, I have the dell (I'm not home I can't remember what model, I'll get back to you in that), I should've known that this 12 year old computer won't last forever. Thx.

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#5
February 3, 2013 at 15:11:46

For starters, you didn't list the make/model of your computer or motherboard so it's difficult to provide any specific answers. But a motherboard will NOT beep if the CPU is bad, a working CPU is required for the BIOS to do a self check. But now that you (or whoever) broke the pin off it, the CPU is sh!t.

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#6
February 3, 2013 at 16:17:55

It was bad anyway, and how would dell have a "no CPU found" error code, if it needed CPU to work

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#7
February 3, 2013 at 16:54:24

Can't help you without a model/model number along with the beep code. Here's a Dell BIOS beep code list from about 12 yrs ago:

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

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#8
February 3, 2013 at 19:01:19

Yea, those wont light up anymore, or that they meant stuff, but I'm aware of them, I followed the beep patterns, link (Mobile version, dunno if works on computer): http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

I have the "DIMENSION-4550" desktop computer by Dell.


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#9
February 3, 2013 at 20:45:40

I looked up the bios and found out that the CPU had failed
Are u telling us that u managed to enter BIOS and inside u found a warning that CPU has failed?

Do the following things (unplug the power cord first)
-Install the original CPU back
-Clean both cooler and top of CPU surface and correct apply thermal paste like this
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/imag...
-Install the cooler correct and reset CMOS

Now does it show any signs of life?

Dell Dimension 4550 Series
http://support.dell.com/support/edo...

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#10
February 4, 2013 at 05:17:55

The CPU lotsa pin, I don't know the impact on the Beep patterns and I just found out the VGA cable had a short. O all I can do is fix hardware problems. And that picture isn't showing

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#11
February 4, 2013 at 11:11:53

Does every computer use a different PSU, or is there like a way I can find a model number for the power supply, I'm going to need to buy a new one.

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#12
February 4, 2013 at 11:26:06

Randomly replacing hardware is an expensive troubleshooting method.

"I have the "DIMENSION-4550" desktop computer by Dell"

Then why did you post a link to a Workstation 340 in response #8? You never did tell us what the number of beeps was but it appears you were looking at the wrong list of beep codes. It's very likely there is nothing wrong with the original CPU.

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...


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#13
February 4, 2013 at 14:41:03

I followed dells steps, it brought me there(+my computer was beeping, that web page didn't show that) well I guess I get a free upgrade, but what was the problem. The CPU pin broke, I'll need to replace it, unless you can tell me how I can fix it (which is impossible, as far as I know). And is this worth it, or should I just buy a new computer?

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