Dell Studio 540 DOA...motherboard issue? SOLVED
I unplugged from the back of the unit it for a while, and plugged it back in. The green LED of the power supply on the back of the unit lights. But if I press the power button, nothing further happens and the LED goes dark. I repeated this with the case open, and noted that when pressing the power button, the two cooling fans spin briefly, but when the green LED light goes dark, the fans stop as well.
The issue I'm having has been pointed out a couple of times on the Dell forums, and it seems the conclusion is a fried motherboard (though no one has posted to say they swapped boards and now all is well. I recently bought a refurb 540 motherboard and hope to install it this weekend. I am a bit leery, though, as although I am far from a novice, I have never attempted such a swap. If anyone on this help board has, I would be interested to know what they did in swapping the processor and whether they needed thermal paste...