PC button won't turn on have to

Dell / Dimention 5100
February 16, 2009 at 14:10:44
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Pentium 4
When I press the power button it turns orange and will not boot up, it will only boot up if I first unplug the power first then press it again, it then boots up.

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February 16, 2009 at 17:10:27
Apparently your model is desktop (tower).

The most likely causes of your problem are:

- There is a poor connection inside your case somewhere.

Unplug the case/power supply.
Power off your monitor.
Open up the case by removing the left panel as seen when you're looking at the front of the case. Some Dell cases have a latch you must push one way rather than screws you must remove at the back of the case.
Check all the connections of the wiring to make sure they are all the way onto their pins and into their sockets, especially the main connector from the power supply. The wires close to the mboard going into the main power connector/socket should be more or less perpendicular to the mboard surface rather than at an angle. Make sure all cards in slots are all the way down in their slots.
See response 2 in this - clean the contacts on the ram modules, and make sure the modules are properly seated:

If you have (an) IDE drive(s):

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittant, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

If you have (a) SATA drive(s):

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does move, vibration can cause a poor connection - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

While you're in there, if the cpu fan/heatsink has mung (dust, lint, etc.) on it, clean it off, but DO NOT use a vaccuum cleaner to do that (they generate a tremendous amount of static electricty) - use canned air, or an air nozzle if you have access to an air compressor, or an artist's brush that can be used in small spaces, etc. It may be difficult to clean the top of the heatsink under the cpu fan - the most likely place to have mung on it - and the bottom side of the cpu fan blades, unless you remove the cpu fan. If you have a case fan, clean that too if it needs it.

- Your power supply is defective or is starting to fail.
Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
Check your PS.
See response 4 in this:

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