Having problems with your Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop ?

Switch on pc, intial green light on screen which goes to amber.

\015 I am not a technical person at all! The pc makes a whirring noise for a while with lights flashing around the 2 cd drawers and then just nothing. I would not have a clue how to look at a motherboard. We have been away for a few days and have been told there was a power loss in the area following a storm (the pc was switched off but not unplugged).\015

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An abnormally high amount of elecricity due to a nearby lightning strike may have entered your personal computer. However it sounds as if you might make sure there are no disks stuck in the drawers. Also open the case of the computer up and give it a nice cleaning with a can of compressed air. Just spray all the dust out. I am not saying you smoke, but if there is a smoker in the house who smokes around the computer this could also be the culprit. Or possibly a bad motherboard. I know you said you dont have a clue about motherboards but... Find the big green circuit board inside your computer with all the wires attached to it. You will see some little battery looking things sticking up off it. These are capcitors. Look at them closely, but dont touch anything and make sure the computer is unplugged. When you are looking, you want to check for any brown stains on the capacitors or any swollen capacitors. If you see this, you probably need a new motherboard.
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