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The service manual for the Dell XPS 8300 doesn't show ABCD LED diagnostic lights. On other Dell models Y-G-Y-G indicates a video problem.


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Dell XPS 8300... | Answered on Mar 13, 2015


I had the same problem, I reported it to them and Facebook cleared it up. When you Log off make a report.

Dell XPS 8300... | Answered on Jul 06, 2014


Ok, i'm not sure what version of windows you are running but on my windows xp machine I right click on my volume icon (little speaker) on the right side of the start bar on bottom of screen. Then click 'open volume control' , This will open up 'play control' window. In this window you now want to click 'options' in the upper left corner and select properties from the drop down menu. This will open up a second window titled 'Properties', near the top of this windows there is a section titled 'Adjust volume for', under this select the 'Recording' option. This will change the list of volume controls to your computers audio inputs. Make sure the input you are trying to use has a check mark next to it then click 'OK' on the bottom right of the 'Properties' window. The 'Properties' windows will close and the Play control window will now have the title 'Record control'. Make sure any inputs you want to use are turned up and there is a check mark next to the 'Selected' check box under the volume bar for each input. This should fix it for you. If you are using a different version of windows let me know what Windows you're using and i'll post a followup for you with the correct instructions. Good luck!

Dell XPS 8300... | Answered on Mar 29, 2014


any detailed information?

Dell XPS 8300... | Answered on Nov 15, 2012


uninstall the drivers, and then reinstall them

Dell XPS 8300... | Answered on Oct 12, 2012


Maybe virus invade your computer.

You can reset windows password if you do not want to reinstall windows with lose data.

Reset windows password, you can use safe mode, rese disk and so on.And I recommend use reset tool,such as Windows Password Reset Deluxe, for it is convenience and guaranteed

Dell XPS 8300... | Answered on Jun 29, 2012


Unplug the tower and press power button for 60 seconds, if this fails the motherboard should be suspect, check all plugin connections to the motherboard especially power supply connectors.

Dell XPS 8300... | Answered on Jun 17, 2012


One of the ram memory is bad, sub out one stick at a time till you find the bad one.

Dell XPS 8300... | Answered on Jun 04, 2012


Any error code for a hard drive isn't good, and should be reason to get a new one right away. So long as the drive is still able to be accessed, you have a chance of retrieving your data. There are free utilities to help you 'clone' the data to a new drive, but you may want to ask a tech-minded friend for help if you've never done it before. It sounds like the drive isn't dead yet, but is definitely on its way out. Good luck!

Dell XPS... | Answered on Feb 19, 2019


there is a head phone jack in the front and the back. have you tried them both?

Dell XPS... | Answered on Sep 17, 2018


is this wifi.
no total system stated, we cant guess what you have in total.
id join a forum for
Harman Kardon AVR 365

ask them, my guess firewall issues,?
ports blocked by the router or the ISP.
diagnosis is tedious.

Dell XPS... | Answered on Jun 01, 2018


The best thing to start with is to service the pc. You have to put new thermal compound on your CPU every 3months . See me on facebook Nic fourie on how to service. Your own pc

Dell XPS... | Answered on Sep 21, 2016


Right click on the speaker icon in the system tray (bottom right, next to the date/time) and select recording devices. It will give you a list of whatever devices you have on your computer that are designated to record sounds. Choose the on board microphone, right click, and select disable device.

Dell XPS... | Answered on Jul 03, 2016


Something is jammed in one of the fans ???
(there are at least 2 = one at the back of the power supply = should be easy to see - and one inside on the CPU heatshnk (harder to get to)

Else its likley the Power supply or monitor is 'shorting out' internally ..

If it's just 'ticking' it's likly your hard drive going bad (unless, of course, you happen to have a CD/DVD disc inserted into the CD/DVD reader ...sometimes these 'tick' during power-up as the PC tries to boot from the disc :-) )

Dell XPS... | Answered on Mar 30, 2016


It would have been useful to have disclosed the model, however, this should give you an idea.
How To Tutorial Dell XPS 15z L511z Cooling Fan Replacement

Dell XPS... | Answered on Jan 20, 2016


This is how to do it according to Dell;
http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN117599/en
and just in case please see video;

Dell XPS... | Answered on Dec 30, 2015


I know this post is over a year old, but i feel like chiming in anyway. The motherboard may have suffered from cheap cap syndrome. This happens when the components used to populate the motherboard were poorly made with inferior products. The capacitor's may have swelled up to the point of uselessness. This would give you post errors, or no post, or even no power. This is not to rule out the power supply, but it is more likely the motherboard.

To test the power supply, unplug the big 20+ pin plug from the power supply to the motherboard, and use a conductor such as a paperclip to connect the one and only green wire in the mix to any black wire (there is a black wire on either side of the green one, you can use both)

If the power supply is still good, the fans and drives will come on and spin up when you make this jump with the paperclip.

If for some reason you notice the fans twitching but not spinning, then you know the power supply IS bad!

Dell XPS... | Answered on Nov 06, 2015


With the tray open, visually inspect to ensure the cd is still in line with the spindle. Something long and thin (such as a thin knife or spatula) slide it between the top of the drive and the top of the cd.

Carefully tip the tool down to try and release the CD from the spindle. Do not attempt to force it! If it is not jammed in the drive, the CD should drop free. Carefully pull the CD out of the drive.

Look at the CD to see if it has been damaged from the drive. If the CD will not come out, it needs to be take to a repair service.

Dell XPS... | Answered on Mar 17, 2015

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