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bk T
06-03-2019, 11:51 AM
This ancient Dell Vostro 200 running Win7 Pro failed to boot, no POST display but the fan spins.

I first removed the RAM sticks, cleaned and reinserted to their slots.

Pressed the power button, Bingo! There it goes! Started up, loaded Win7 without any issue.

Thought I have solved the problem, turned it OFF. That was yesterday evening.

This morning, when I pressed the power button, the fan spins very loud but no POST beep, no display on screen! It's dead again!

Opened up the cover, reseated the RAM sticks , pressed the power button, it started up OK.

It repeated the cycle 2 more times since this morning. Maybe it's time to bring it to the EWaste.

Any suggestions before going to the ewaste?

piroska
06-03-2019, 12:07 PM
Replace the ram

bk T
06-03-2019, 03:18 PM
Haven't got any spare DDR2 RAM around to swap.
Running Memtest86 now.

mzee
06-03-2019, 07:20 PM
I assume that you have 2 memory sticks. Did you try with only one plugged in at a time?