OK all you computer guru's wrap your heads around this:
Today I was using my home computer (I'm posting this from work). I turned it off and went to run some errands. I come home, hit the on button and get.....nothing. Well, almost nothing. The fan for my video card (ATi Radeon 9800 Pro) is running normally. The other two fans for the PSU, and the CPU are not running at all. Additionally, the "on" button will not change from amber to green, which would indicate a normal startup. I unplugged the power cord, and the video fan card of course stops running. I plugged it back in, and it starts again, but still nothing on the other two fans. So, I hold in the "on" button for 10 seconds (as instructed by owner's manual) and it powers down to completely off. I left it alone for 60 seconds and press the on button again, and the exact same situation. Fan on the vid card runs like normal, no CPU and PSU fans at all. Nothing on screen. It won't boot at all. AFAIK, we had no power surges, and even if we did, I have a high quality surge protector. I've already done the obvious ones like disconnecting all cables and such. I know how to remove the ram and other components but haven't yet tried booting with and without them. Here's my basic system stats:
Dell Dimension 8400 (I know, I'm asking you because I can't get through to their support)
Pentium IV 3.0 Ghz with HT
1 GB of RAM
Windows XP Home, SP2
Any ideas, suggestions, or observations. Thanks in advance.