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Ok, it figures the last addition I made would give me a problemSad. I replaced the processor with a P 3.4 and regardless of heat sink used, when I power up, I get a solid amber power light and a solid green processor light. All of the connections are right. The heat sink seems completely solid and I used arctic silver cpu solution for the cpu and heat sink connection. I did have to replace the connector for the Rosewill heat sink fan with the one from the old fan and color coded wires match exactly. What am I overlooking?

Dang it. I had the OS installed and updated. Wireless network completed. Everything was going well till this. Any ideas from you people smarter than I am about this? This is my first upgrade attempt. I expected problems but nothing this major. No CD lights on start up. Monitor is on but a black screen. Drive bays are unresponsive, motherboard light is green and fans are working great. Heat sink is cool to the touch. 

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  • JJSooner1

    Please check the sequence of the four Diagnosic Lights on the back panel of the case.

    The Dimension 3000 Troubleshooter and Diagnostic Guide is HERE

    When the power light is steady amber, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.

    Remove and then reinstall the memory modules.
    Remove and then reinstall any cards.
    Remove and then reinstall the graphics card, if applicable

    See if any of the above makes a difference.

    Bev.

     

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  • Is that processor compatible?

  • The only lights I see on this unit are the MB light which is green and the power and processor lights which are on the front panel. I had flashed the bios to A03 because I was upgrading to a Prescott P4@3.4ghz. Everywhere I looked said it was compatible. What would happen if the processor were not seated correctly or faulty? Thanks for your time and help folks.

  • JJSooner1
    What would happen if the processor were not seated correctly or faulty?

    You'd get the symptoms you're experiencing. You might try removing the processor to check for a bent pin.

  • JJSooner1

    Also, as you are checking the processor, please post the sSpec number, that's etched on the top of it.

    Prior to replacing the processor, did you check that BIOS Version A03, 'when added support for newer processors was added', is installed?

    Bev.

     

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  • Hi there again! Ok the s-Spec # is SL8K4. I believe its a Prescott 3.4 ghz pentium 4 CPU. I took the CPU out and I noticed 2 things. Part of the processor face showed no sign of the gray paste from the heat-sink. Only part of the face was covered which leads me to believe it wasn't perfectly flat to the heat-sink base. #2 I made the not-so-bright assumption that the alignment corner of the processor went to the lower right. Obviously I was wrong. My question is this: When placing the CPU into the MB what am I looking for? I seem to recall that that specific corner aligns with the " #1" on the motherboard? The lower right letter on the MB is labeled 'A'. The number 1 label on the MB is to the upper left. If that's the case, I had it in 180 degrees off. The CPU receiver is not shaped or slotted to help a novice like myself so you really can mess it up. Thank goodness I have 2 of these as now one of them has 3 bent pins. The other one is perfect. This is the only thing I can figure. The fans are running just fine so I think that's a non issue. 

    My second question is which surface do you apply the Arctic Silver 5 solution to? The processor or the heat sink? I saw one tip on DIY and he said to put a clean plastic bag over your finger and apply it to the processor face that meets the heat-sink. Makes sense to avoid contamination, but I'm not sure. I installed the A03 bios update from Dell to recognize this CPU, so that should be good. If I've learned anything from you folks here is that patience and being gentle while doing this is of prime importance. So you live and learn! It also helps to be a lil stubborn and not to quitSmile

  •    You were dead on target. 3 bent pins from installing it incorrectly :-(

  • JJSooner1

    Apply the thermal compound to the top of the processor.

    Directions for cleaning and applying Arctic Silver thermal compound, are HERE.

    How to install a processor in the Dimension 3000, note the part about aligning Pin 1

    http://support.euro.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim3000/en/SM/parts.htm#wp1055121

    Bev.

     

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  • Thank you thank you. I was still wrong but only 90 degrees instead of 180 which would have wrecked another CPU !! :-)

  • JJSooner1

    You are welcome and I'm glad to have helped.

    Bev.

     

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  • Sometimes you can straighten the bent pins. I did that with a 2.2ghz P4 I used to retrofit a 2350 with.

    Note that a P4 with straight pins usually drops into the socket of its own accord. Unfortunately that won't be the case with slightly bent pins. (I sure don't miss pins with the new 775 and 1155 CPUs.)

    Glad I could help!

  • JJSooner1

    To add to Rdunnill's excellent post, see if the following can help.

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0%2C2817%2C1969263%2C00.asp

    Bev.

     

     

     

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  • Ok well I installed the CPU correctly this timeSmile and this is what happened. I powered up and this time the drive bays lights responded and they open and close. The keyboard lights flashed. BUT still have an amber light on the power button and a black screen on the monitor. As far as I can tell, everything is correctly installed. Close but no cigar.

    My assumptions are thus 1. installing the CPU incorrectly the first time(pins are ok on this one) burned up the CPU. 2. Incorrect installation has damaged the mobo(the light on the mobo is green so I don't know.). In any event I ordered yet another CPU and now a replacement mobo. Now this has become a true learning experience and I'm too curious and stubborn to just quit. I want to finish this and then on to my XPS 410 which is a tremendous machine but now somewhat dated as well.  Thoughts anyone?

    My grade so far is an F+ for results.

    My grade for effort is an A

    My grade for paying attention to lil things that affect the outcome is a C.

    Overall grade is "challenged" Tongue Tied

  • JJSooner1

    That's a real bummer and it's a hard way to learn.

    Bev.

     

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  • JJSooner1

    In any event I ordered yet another CPU and now a replacement mobo. Now this has become a true learning experience and I'm too curious and stubborn to just quit.

    If you're going to be buying replacement motherboards, note that a standard micro-ATX will fit in the 3000 chassis and that the case connectors, apart from the front audio, are compatible with most third-party headers.

    This MSI Socket 1155 is only $40 with shipping; a Celeron G530 is $50, 4gb of RAM is $20, a 92mm case fan is $10, and a PCE-1x ATA adapter is $25.

    At least with the 1155, there are no worries about bent pins.