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 Post subject: XPS 630i Won't Boot Up
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:38 am 
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Hello all! I found this great forum after searching the Dell forums for awhile. Glad to see that there are other XPS 630 users out there!

Anyway, due to crappy storms and sudden power outages in my area, I have to get into the habit of turning off my PC and unplugging it from the surge protecter every time we get a storm around these parts (near Atlanta, GA). Yeah, it sucks!

So today, I do so, after waiting for the PC to shut down completely. A few hours later I turn it on and I get the welcome to windows 7 chimes, and then...nothing! No blue screen, no windows logo, nothing but a black screen.

I power down, using the power button, wait about 20 seconds or so and power up again. This time I hear the fans start up and get only a few clicks from the hardrive (I guess) and then nothing. No beeps. Nothing but a solid white power light and a black screen.

There is a yellow light on the mother board, but its solid and I think thats always been like that.

Initially I thought my year-old SATA drive had died, but wouldn't I still be able to get to my BIOS settings and stuff? F1, F8, and F12 do nothing for me.

Could it be my motherboard?

Thanks for any help in advance!

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i Won't Boot Up
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:18 pm 
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Do you have 2nd PC to connect to the monitor :?: If so, you should test to see if your monitor is working. Also, if you have a 2nd PC, I would test the graphic card to see if it works properly. If, I'm not mistaken, when the stock 630i mobo is not working, you will hear a series of beeps but then again I can be mistaken.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i Won't Boot Up
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:45 pm 
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Thanks for the reply!

Yep, I tested the monitor and its fine. I havent tested my vid card yet, but wouldnt I still get a startup using the default windows vid drivers? The funny thing is, I get NO beeps at all, just fans and a minor bit of hard drive activity- then ziltch.

I cant even get anywhere booting up with the windows 7 recovery cd/dvd.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i Won't Boot Up
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:48 pm 
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Sounds like a video card to me.

You might want to test it out in another machine, or test a known working card in your system.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i Won't Boot Up
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:56 pm 
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I replaced th vid card with an old one i had lying around...and it worked! I am a novice when it comes to the pc nitty gritty stuff, but I really had no idea that a vid card could render a pc pretty much 'dead'! Unbelievable!

Thanks for the advice and help. I guess I will search the forums for a low to mid-range nvidea card now (100-150 dollar range.)

Suggestions?

Thanks again!

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i Won't Boot Up
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:01 pm 
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Yeah, I understand the 'principle' behind having a video card, but what I meant was that I had no idea that having a bad vid card would even prevent a pc from booting up, let alone just sending a signal to the monitor.

Sheesh, the thing wouldn't even go through startup...

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i Won't Boot Up
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:24 pm 
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It depends on how the video card goes bad. Sometimes some VRAM chips can become defective, in which the PC will still boot and show video, but will crash at random. Other times, more commonly like yourself, it will go completely.

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 Post subject: Re: XPS 630i Won't Boot Up
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:10 pm 
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I had a similar problem, except the DELL stock 775 Motherboard gave out 6 super fast beeps. Definition was Video Bios Failure. So I replaced the Motherboard with an MSI AMD 770 Chipset motherboard with an AMD Phenom II 955 3.2 Ghz Quad Core, and 4GB of DDR3 1600 RAM all from Frys. Then from Newegg, i bought a ATI 5770. I used the Dell Stock PSU at 750Watts, 630i Case (used 7 of the 9 screws on motherboard due to the motherboard difference) and DVD burner, and all internal stock lighting and fans. Everything works without a hitch. [ I'm a first time PC builder ].
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