Problem: my Dell Dimension 8300 won't boot up.\n\nHelp sought:\n1) ideas on what to try in order to fix it;\n2) additional info on interpreting diagnostic lights;\n3) advice on usefulness of Dell Technical Support.\n\nI was away on a business trip this week and when I got home my wife\ntold me our 4-yr old Dell Dimension 8300 desktop wouldn't turn on.\nIt had been running fine when I left and has worked extremely well\n(reliably) since we bought it. I have not installed any new HW\ncomponents since getting the computer.\n\nSo here's the only possible cause of this problem I could come up\nwith: We're having work done in our basement, including electrical\nwork, and my wife said the power was off in our den for awhile this\nweek (where the computer is). I'm wondering if perhaps a power surge\ncould have fried something -\- ?\nNote that I have a DVD drive and a CD drive in the Dimension tower.\nThe light on the CD drive flashes green when I power on. And neither\nof my attempts to boot with the Dell Dimension Resoruce CD or the\nReinstallation CD worked. My monitor just remains blank when I power\non -\- no <F2> or <F12> choices, nothing.\n\nThe ABCD diagnostic lights in back appear as follows:\nA: green to amber flashing back and forth (?)\nB: amber\nC: green\nD: green\n\nI found no info about *flashing* diag lights in Dell's documentation\nfor the 8300 and so have no idea what that indicates.\n\nAny ideas on what I should try? I'm hoping a buddy who builds his own\ncomputer will help me, but would appreciate advice from any experts on\nthis forum as well.\n\nLastly, if I can't get resolution through an online forum like this,\nI'll likely call Dell Tech Support. Anybody have opinions on whether\nthat'll be worth the $? I heard when they moved their Support\noffshore, the quality declined sharply.