XP won't boot, fan revving real high.

October 7, 2010 at 10:59:44
Specs: Windows XP, 2.1GHZ/2GB
I have a Dell Optiplex running Windows XP. Used as a home computer. It is usually left on 24/7. It hung up the other morning and when I shut off and tried to restart, no boot, just the fan slowly, over the course of 30 seconds, revving to a previously unheard of pitch. At that point, I shut it off and headed to work. Some forums dealt with something similar and said that letting it sit for several hours may fix it, that it could be heat related. Got home that night and no dice, same thing. The inside is fairly clean and this pc has not had any issues since I purchased online at Ebay 2 years ago. There is a yellow LED on the motherboard that stays lit, if that helps.
Not a very technical person, any help would be appreciated.

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October 7, 2010 at 11:25:09
It's "really high", not "real high" :)

It *probably* means your CPU is overheating.

"There is a yellow LED on the motherboard that stays lit"

Have you ever noticed this LED before? I would think it would be green is everything is OK. You didn't state which Optiplex model you have, but see if this chart helps:


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