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Tower still 'on' but power light tuns amber

Question: Tower still 'on' but power light tuns amber

i have a dell 2400 that has a similar problem to the one in this thread: http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/962133-tower-still-but-power-light.html

difference is that all 4 lights in the back stay green and there are no odd rings during start-up.

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About a month ago I found my computer tower was still 'on' but the screen was black and the green power light on the tower had turned amber. The light wasn't blinking, it was steady. I had to hold the power button down to get it to shut down and restart. It happened yesterday again, when I hadn't been near it for awhile, and that time and the time before I had FF up with stuff to look at later so I thought it was going into standby mode or something, except that it happened again about 20 minutes ago while I was using it. No odd noises before the light changes color either. Although, I have heard a couple odd noises that might be coming from the tower in the last little while. It sort of sounds like a phone set to ring on pulse, but it is pretty quite and two quick rings of two pulses about 5 minutes apart. It seems to be fine after restarting.

Preliminary ideas as to what could be causing this? I've done some basic research and have read that it could be the power supply. I will also say that each time it has happened the computer has been on for over 10 hours before hand.

It is a dell (can't mind model # right now) and is running Windows XP home.
 

Answer:Tower still 'on' but power light tuns amber?

worth running dell diagnostics usually press 12 on start up
 

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hi guys
as per one of my friend I could replace my memory (RAM) up to 32GB, so I've ordered a couple sticks of Kingston HyperX so I've took slot 1+2 and replaced 2 4GB Hynix RAM by 2 8GB HyperX...
Now I have a good old CPU that doesnt work plus it smell like burnt plastic with no apparent damage to the board or RAM... 
Startup: 2x BEEP (No BIOS)Motherboard Light: Solid AmberBootup Light: Flashing AmberPower Supply Light: Solid Green
I've tried booting from  a single RAM unit on slot one then slot two, and nothing has changed... anyone can help?
Motherboard: 0Y2MRGhttp://www.findlaptopdriver.com/specs-0y2mrg-dell/Processor: i7 2700Primary: SSD Kingston HyperX Savage 240 (added)Secondary: Seagate 1.5TB + 2TB (added) Barracuda (7200)New RAM: ts/HX316C10FK2/16http://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/HX316C10FK2_16.pdfOld RAM: HMT351U6CFR8C-H9https://www.amazon.com/PC3-10600-1333MHz-Hynix-HMT351U6CFR8C-H9-Unbuffered/dp/B0118BTRAS

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My computer is getting power but screen is black and amber light turns on for 3 seconds then nothing.  I tried draining the power but still no change

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My computer was down when I came back from lunch and could not get it to come back on.  If I hold the power button down for about 7 seconds it blinks orange but there is not noise from the fan coming on or post beep.  Also the green light on the back is not on either. All of the other equipment sharing the same power strip come on but not the desktop so it is not the power strip.  I also tried to set it up in another office on a completely different circuit and still does the same thing. What should I try next?

Answer:OptiPlex 790 Wont power on power light blinks amber

Which form factor, desktop, mini-tower, small form, ultra-small form?
From the (desktop) manual: Blinking amber light indicates a problem with the system board.
Are any of the 4 diagnostic LEDs on when it won't boot? ,They're on the front of the PC next to the power button. Look up error codes in the manual.
Possible power supply failure if the green light is off on the back. Can you try a different power cord? What happens if you push the power supply diagnostic button on back of PC next to that (green) power light? 

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Question: amber power light?

i share my computer with a co-worker. When she got in to work last night she couldn't log on to the computer. When the computer was turned on she notice alot of information, then it said starting windows 95 and all tha happened was a flashing bar in the upper left hand side of the screen and the monitors power light turned from green to amber. What happened?
 

Answer:amber power light?

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Question: amber power light

Dell Inspiron 2305. purchased 2011. Will not turn on and power light is amber. Any thoughts. Thanks.

Answer:amber power light

Is it steady or blinking?

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I have an Optiplex 390 (actually 3 with similar behavior...).
PC would not power on. I did the power test and determine the Mobo was the issue.
I replaced the Mobo with a new one. Still can't power from front power button, but if I go at the back to the power supply 'power test button' and press on it the full PC comes on with all fans everything, but front power button is amber. And I get nothing on display, fans stay full speed. I can turn off, by pressing the from power button for a few seconds.
I tried using the CPU from another of the 3 PCs that had similar power issues and pointed to Mobo.
I reconnected all cables, tried different RAM modules, different video card, nothing makes a difference.
Not sure where to look now.

Answer:Optiplex 390 Amber power light, but all power looks good

Assuming that you replaced the motherboard then it likely is the power supply has had it you'll need to buy a new one.

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Not sure if i'm in the right place, but just wanted to see if I could get any help with this problem. I "tried" to turn on my computer the other day and nothing happened, the power light just blinked an amber color with no noise or anything. I know that if it buzzes or makes a sound it can be determined what the problem is, but it does nothing. Can anyone tell me what the problem is? Thanks
 

Answer:Power Light Blinks Amber

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I have an N22 chromebook that when plugged into a known good power adapter, the charging light blinks amber.  Nothing appears on the screen, so it appears to be dead.  Pressing power does nothing.  Can anyone recommend something for me to try to revive, or is this unit done for?  

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Hello All,
I have a Dell XPS 8500 tower system.   My original issue started when i got 'no bootable device found' during bootup.  I had updated 3 month before to Win 10.  I changed HD but it did not appear to be the issue.   Put original HD back and modified BIOS several times, which at times it would start successfully but it would crash after a couple of days and i would get 'no boot device found' again.  Now, when i try to start PC, plug in power cord I get amber color light in power button.  Mobo light is also amber color. 
Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. 

Answer:Dell XPS 8500 amber power light

delosrec,Product not tested for Windows 10 upgradeDell is not testing or developing Windows 10 drivers for this product. If you choose to upgrade, some features, applications, and connected devices may not work as expected.For an amber colored power light  below is information. Steady Amber System is in standby.orThis is a system fault error condition, including the power supply. Only the +5VSB rail on the power supply is working correctly. Press the power button to bring the system out of standby mode. Ensure all power cables are securely connected to the system board. Ensure the main power cable and front panel cable are securely connected to the system board. A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. NOTE: If the system was turned off abruptly, you need to disconnect and plug in the AC power cord, then turn on the system. Otherwise, you may see an incorrect power LED state.

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Hi,
I have changed my gpu to gtx780 and psu to cooler master b700 about 2 years ago. I haven't played any game for a long time. I tried to play arma 3, total war etc. yesterday but i have a black screen issue. After about 15-20 min (arma 3 doesn't even launch) black screen comes.( i can still hear the game).
I opened the case and saw an amber light which is under "aux-pwr". It doesn't blink, solid. What does it mean? Do i have to change the psu?

Thanks.

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Hello, My Dell 2400 computer that I've had for 2½ years went completely dead. I replaced the power supply and now there is only a steady amber power light right at power up. Never gose to green. No video or drive lights come on. None of the diagnostic leds are on. Went to the Dell support page and did the unplug boards and cables steps, etc. until I got to the "contact a tech" part. Computer is out of warranty. Any suggestions? Is the motherboard bad?
 

Answer:Dell Steady Amber Power Light

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My Tecra A1 wont power on. Instead I just get a blinking amber power light.

Things I have tried:
1. Removing the AC adapeter
1a. The Pwr light still blinks : the comp wont turn on

2. Removing the AC adpter and the battery. Inserting the battery and hitting the power button
2a. When I remove the battery the blinking goes away, when the battery is replaced, the comp wont turn on

3. Removing power cord, and batttery : reattaching battery then power cord - hitting power button
3a. Right when I reattach the power cord, the power button starts blinking amber. Power button does nothing.

The light only blinks (or does anything for that mater) when the power cord is in.

In advance, thanks for the help.

Answer:Tecra A1 No power : Blinking Amber Light

Hi

Try to start your Tecra without battery just connected on power supply.

It is possible that here is some problem with battery. If the Power supply microcontroller detects an error the DC IN lamp sends a blinking code. Reading this code it is possible to know what the problem is.

If you think that battery is defect contact service partner.

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Answer:Laptop help. flickering amber light no power on

either when pluged into a Mains or just of battery hit power swithc just does nothing.Win200 O/s, Toshiba Satalite Pro 4300Yes I did buy it second hand, Aug 02, it did work ok, till this morning after not using it for a few weeks its just a box with a small flashing light and zilch.Think I have been ripped of.Does anyone know if there is a stolen Laptop database for Toshiba stuff as i now have my doubts. This one for Mr Jazzypop the Link man.

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I have a HP desktop model p6142p case that had a failed motherboard (bad capacitors). After replacing the power supply and a motherboard with one from a DELL Inspiron 546 (because it was only $30 on amazon), the PC functions just fine with one exception: The power light in the HP case instead of normally being blue is amber. I'm not sure if this is indicates an issue or if there's simply an incompatibility with the dell motherboard and the HP power light. There are no known errors from post (single beep on bootup). The case power light is initially blue for about a second when the PC is initially powered on, but immediately turns solid amber from then on. I have ran Dell's online PC diagnostics which detects the PC as an Inspiron 546 with UNKNOWN service tag and reports no hardware issues.

Should I ignore the solid amber light and go on or should I be concerned?

PC:
HP model p6142p case
DELL F896N 0896N Motherboard
AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core (socket AM2) 2.3Ghz
8G RAM
Coolmax ZX Series 500W power supply
 

Answer:Solid Amber Power Light, but no known issues

Sounds like the dell board just doesn't
display the same way as the HP.
Might make it difficult to see that the
computer is in standby mode,if you use standby.
I don't see it causing any major issues otherwise though.
I have an HP board that flashes green in standby.
That thing was annoying when I was trying to sleep.
 

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when I press the power button it is not turning on just giving the amber light at the power buttontried the power drain and still it is the same

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hey there folks i was wondering if theres anyone out there that would help me fix a problem.


Dell Dimension 4500S
xp


i cleaned my pc lastnight including the psu(opened it up and cleaned out the dust with a qtip.

after putting it back together & double checking everything i turned it on but the power light was

Amber, the psu fires up and the hard drive does as well but the pc does thing more ,, nothin on the screen no error messages ,,
oh and the diagnostic lights on the back are not comeing on either..

PLEASE HELP!!! THIS COMPUTER WAS A GIFT TO MY INLAWS N I WANT TO GET HER GOIN AGAIN. thakyou so much

Answer:Amber power light on dell dimesion 4500s

Check that the 4pin CPU power connector is still fully plugged into the motherboard, as well as the 24 pin main power connector.

Does it beep at all?

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I am currently having a problem when I hit the power button on my computer. The power light flashes amber for 5 to 10 minutes before the computer actually starts up. It then goes green and starts to boot. Does anyone have any idea how to solve this problem>
 
Thanks
 
 

Answer:Problem with Dell XPS 400 amber flashing power light

This occurs when there is a hardware issue. If you change anything then goback and check to see if it was correctly installed. (Reseat memory for example)Could be any hardware including the power supply, loose cables, video card ect..

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System will not power on at all, and the power light displays the dreaded blinking amber light. It's getting no power at all, and the PSU has been ruled out because I tested the machine with another known working PSU. I have also reseated the RAM, video card, and CPU as well as reseating all power cables and still nothing. I'm trying to find another socket 775 P4 for testing, but haven't come up with one yet. Am I looking at a defective MOBO here, or does anyone have any other troubleshooting ideas?

Thanks,

Anthony
 

Answer:Solved: Dell XPS 400 Blinking Amber Power LIght

We decided to just say forget it and build a new one, lol.
 

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My mom gave me a Dell Dimension 4700 computer that was acting up. She said it would turn it's self off randomly and she thought it was a virus. When I brought the computer to my place, it powered on once, then I went to turn it on again and nothing. No lights, no power what so ever. So after doing some research I bought a new power supply for it. I just replaced the power supply and plugged the computer in and now there is a blinking amber light in the front and a solid green light on the motherboard but it won't turn on. I have checked all of the connections and they are properly seated. Any ideas what is causing the problem?
 

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please assist tried removing memory reinstalled tried airbrushing fan hoping its not m/b issue

Answer:presario c500 won't power up amber light flashing

We need more information. Did you try it with A/C and no battery? Try with battery alone? Was it plugged in while the light was flashing?

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Hi My F1904 monitor seems to have a fault. When I power it on the power switch flashes amber and I get no display. Any suggestions? There does not seem to be any mention of this in the documentation. Many Thanks 

Answer:F1904 Monitor flashing amber power light

amber usually means sleep mode. flashing can mean different things. Disconnect the video cable, turn it off, pull the power plug, wait 10 seconds, plug it in and turn it on. Press the OSD buttons to see if you can bring up the on screen display. If that comes, up try connecting it again. Hopefully the PC is not sending out a bad video signal. 

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trying to turn on toshiba tecra a8 laptop. the light on the power button flashes twice amber and once green and it won;t start up.

any suggestions?

Answer:Tecra A8: Power light flashing amber twice and won't boot

Remove the battery and (try) to start the notebook only with AC-Adaptor connected.
If your A8 behaves the same you have to bring it to service.

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Hi & Thanks for reading my question,

I have a Dell e510 I am trying to fix for a friend. When power is turned on, the power light flashes green for an instant, then continues to flash amber. Nothing at all appears on the monitor. It goes to flashing amber in a sec or 2.

I have unplugged all the components and removed the memory so that I have just the motherboard and video card. I have replaced the Power supply. I have remocved the CMOS battery. Still having the problem. Is it possible that a bad or no hard drive (I have the power unplugged to the hard drive at this point). Would cause a Dell E510 not to POST.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Dell e510 Flashing Amber Power Light

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Does anyone have a list of flash codes for the Tecra M2.
A coworker has a laptop that will not boot up. the AC power light flashes amber. a long, short, long,short, long, short, long, short.

I have checked the battery and reseated the RAM.
Any Ides?

Answer:Tecra M2 does not boot - AC power light flashes amber

I think only ASP's have this kind of information.

If you have tried different memory, and tried the memory in different slots, its probably a Mainboard problem.

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Hi,

Trying to set up the Netgear WNDR3400 router with my Roadrunner modem. I have an ethernet cable running from the router to my laptop.

The laptop shows that there is not any kind of network access--not LAN, not Internet. Needless to say, I am unable to get to the wireless setup.

I notice that the power light on the router is a solid amber (orange). The 2.4GHz radio light is solild green, the 5GHz radio light is solid blue, the LAN light if off, the wireless light is solid amber, and the four ethernet port lights are all solid green (I am using one port to connect to my laptop).

I tried resetting the router several times. I tried power cycling the modem, router, and laptop several times. Nothing worked. It just seems to me that the Netgear router is dead on arrival.

Is my suspicion correct? Or are the other possibilities?

Thanks!
 

Answer:wndr3400 router solid amber power light

Hi

The Green for 2.4ghz and Blue for 5ghz are perfect and normal, the orange light is a bit worrying as it should turn to green in less than 1 minute, and if you have powered it off a few times and also reset to factory default a few times I would suspect the unit is indeed faulty, so exchange for a new one. (the Netgear manual on pg 32 also confirms this HERE)

Just as a thought, have you plugged in a Ethernet cable from PC to router and tried to access the routers control panel, then maybe try a router firmware update? but as its likely new why should you go through these motions.
 

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I have a Dell Dimension 5150 desktop that is 4 years old (kids computer).  Worked last week but now cannot even power it down by holding the power button.  The power button just keeps blinking an amber light.  I have unplugged everything then plugged back in, tested all the cords.  Any thoughts?Leah

Answer:Dell Dimension amber power light blinking

Right from Dell:http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim5150/en/sm/tshoot1.htm#wp1120147See System Lights:Blinking Amber:  A power supply or system board failure has occurred.Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified. Also, see "Power Problems" in your computer Owner's Manual.Scroll down a bit further to see Diagnostic Lights.

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Hello everyone,
I bought an XPS 13 touchscreen dell i7 (ubuntu) on 14 Nov 2016. Today I found that the Power/Amber Light keep blinking and once I logged to the system (i.e., the desktop is reachable), the laptop goes off back in a repeating situation.
I don't want to open the device and touch the memory and hard disk ...etc.!
Please, any suggestions or advise for such problem?
Thank you,Naif Alshammari.

Answer:XPS 9360 Flashing Power/Amber Light - OS isn't stable!

Probably get a better response if you re-post this in the Laptop forum. (This is the Desktop forum.)
en.community.dell.com/.../3518

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Hello,

I am dazed with this problem. Trying to find the solution on all the forums.

My brother owns a Dell Desktop computer and suddenly it stopped working.

- The Power button light is flashing continuously.
- The green light on the motherboard is perfectly on.
- The port light where the telephone wire goes and the usb port next to it on the motherboard is blinking continuously.
- The processor is not starting.
- If I remove the power cord, the lights mentioned above and same for 15 seconds.



What must be the possible problem.


MAny Thanks in advance

Karthik
 

Answer:Dell PC not starting: amber flashing power light

You would be dazed again, because this is probably caused by a failing power supply. The blinking power button is a good clue. The green LED on the motherboard simply means that you have a power cord plugged in... It could be a bad motherboard too, but power supplies are easier to replace and cheaper to start with
 

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Hello, I don't know allot about computers, but each time i turn on the computer it goes to power save mode.
It asks me to press any buttons or click the mouse, i do but nothing happens, neither the mouse or keyboard light up as they use to, only for a slight second once its turned on, then it goes away. The little bulb on the back of the tower is steady green and i use a vga cable. I'd like to know how to fix this problem so I could use the computer.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 570 - power save mode/amber light

Green LED on the back just means power is available not that power supply is ok.

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My refurbished dell optiplex GX280 worked fine until a month or so ago when I moved it to another room in my home. When I powered up, the power light was blinking amber. I tried all of the options that did not require buying new parts du to financial reasons, so it's sat since then.

I just decided to look at it again and powered it on. Everything seemed to start OK but no dispay. The diagnostic lights indicated faulty memory. I then located and removed the faulty DIMMM, and it started right up.

About ten minutes later the computer shut off by itself back to the blinking amber power light. :evil:

Any info would be appreciated Thank you. :grinthumb
 

Answer:Dell Optiplex GX280 blinking amber power light

The power supply has probably gone bad...
 

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My laptop is almost 12 months old.  2 weeks ago the power light (on front of case) started blinking -- 1 white, 4 amber, repeated continuously -- when A/C power cord plugged in and battery has a charge.  Same if I unplug A/C power cord and run only on battery. (Bios show battery is "Normal" and icon tray shows battery is fully charged.)  Power light is constant white when I remove battery and power only with A/C cord. I called Dell Tech Support and they told me that this is not a problem with battery and that my laptop is properly functioning.  Blinking light would seem to indicate otherwise.  I would appreciate any insights that anyone might have, in particular if you have encountered this same problem.  Thank you.

Answer:Inspiron 1545 Power Light Blinking White/Amber

Hello again
Thank you so much for replying. YES, when I disconnect the battery and only run on A/C power the light stays white.
So, I will have to get a new battery which is quite expensive as I am no longer under warranty. I hardly ever use it, only to move the laptop from one room to the other. I pretty much use it like a "desktop". I have been putting up with the annoying light for a couple of weeks now, sometimes I disconnect the battery just to get rid of the annoyance, but it has been windy/stormy weather here and we are known to have occasional power outages, so I rather keep it in.
Anyways, thank you so much for posting your issue and writing back. I appreciate it 

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Hallo!

As a total DELL-Lover I only have such Machines around.
I just wanted to build up a OP 760 for my little son.

When I plug the power cort, the diagnostic LEDs 2 3 4 keep flashing while the power LED is amber.
System has only orgiginal DELL components, no add-on cards.

I checked out two CPU types:
intel E8600 and E7300

Also, I tried without any CPU - then, the diagnostic lights for a missing CPU light up.

I would be so perfect if there would be any solution for this.

Anyone knows how to fix that?

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My Optiplex 780
- will not post
- will not beep
- will not output any video

When I push the power button, 
- Diagnostic lights 1 & 4 flash
- Power button is of solid amber

When I turn the computer off:
- if I press the Power Supply test button, it illuminates green
If I disconnect the power cable
- A tiny LED on the circuit board (next to AUX PWR label) stays amber for a minute or two.

Diagnostic lights 1 & 4 are not documented in the Dell manual. I have tried to disconnect all peripherals, all drives, all cards, even all RAM, still no POST no beep, no video: just the fan running, and diagnostic lights flashing.

Any hope for this computer? 

Answer:Optiplex 780 diagnostic lights 1 & 4 with solid amber power light

Hi CHRISTOZOID 
Thanks for writing to us. 
Diagnostics led 1 & 4 indicate power connector faulty. Please reseat the PSU connector if not yet done. 
If issue still the same, then consider replacing the PSU . Sometimes the PSU connector on the motherboard to be faulty. 
Do let us know how it goes post reseating the PSU connector.
Regards

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I have A Dell Dimension 4400. It's been a pain in the butt to power on lately. Mainly I keep it on. Every now and then my video display screen goes wacky and the resolution changes by itself and the icons get BIGGER.. So I reboot..

It takes 15 - 20 tries to get started (thats just why I leave it on).. Nevertheless, the power light seems to stay yellow and I simply walk away. 15 -20 min later it just boots up. No idea why it takes so long..

Well about 2hrs ago the display went nuts. Lost all the color. I took apart the PC and not surprised, The video card was very LOOSE (almost out) I took EVERY connection inside the PC apart and cleaned them. I reseated every cable & card in the system. Everything's nice and tight.

I go to reboot (power up) and the Yellow (amber) light comes on the power botton. No beeps, No green lights, all 4 lights on the back of the PC are Out, No fans run, no CD light, No CD power. Just a Yellow (amber) solid light on the power button.

At this point I open back up the box and take put the button cell battery (waite 10 min) then put back. I took ALL the connections off for the second time, and all is tight. I power up, same thing. Yellow (amber) light. No beeps no nothing.. I even changed out power cords and different outlets..

The Power Supply fan is about 1yr old (i'm sure that means nothing) About the only thing I dident do is the Jumper test for Power Supply..

Any thoughts?
Thanks
Superlost :cry
 

Answer:Dell Dimension 4400 yellow (amber) light NO POWER

PSU or motherboard issues. Sound to me like dead PSU but the fact that you have the amber light on the front says that you are getting some sort of powerfrom your PSU.

1. Test your PSU with a multi meter. A good guide can be found here

2. Look on your motherboard for the green power LED that identified that your MB is getting power (Note: it usually a small rectangular LED not a big traditional round one).

If your PSU has power on the 24pin ATX connector and the power LED on your MB is out you have a dead MB

3. It could simply be that the power push button has become disconnected, is broken or is on the wron connector. Consult your motherboard manual to find out what pins it should be connected to. make sure it is connected properly. If it is connected properly remove the connecter and short the two pins with a paper clip (This has the same effect as pushing the push button) and it should boot your PC.

Hope this helps.

EDIT: I you dont have you MB manual post you make and model and we will do the rest!!
 

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Did some searching on here and tried a couple of things. Turned computer on earlier and just got a black screen and two green lights on front. Turned off power from back(because power button on front didn't work), powered back on and an amber light came on and green light on the right. I can hear the fan running and I can open doors on my disc drives so i'm thinking it's not the PSU, plus I had replaced that from the original one when it failed a couple years ago. Another person suggested a motherboard test so I removed all the cards and disconnected all the drives like they said, powered back up and the solid amber light is now solid green. What can I try next?
 

Answer:Solved: Dell Dimension won't boot, getting some power and amber light

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I have a dell dimension 8100 that has been powerleaped from a 1.7 to a 2.5.  I recently upgraded the RAM from 256 PC 800 RDRam to 512.  I also have upgraded from a GEForce 2 Ultra to a GEForce 4 Ti4600 quite a while back.  Everything has been working great until the last week or so and I am at a loss here.  I used to leave my computer on all the time 24/7 with reboots here and there when I needed to.  Well, after I lost the fan on my Video card I started to turn it off.  After about six months of this it decided that it doesn't like to boot up after a night or two of being off.  What happens is when I push the power button you can hear it power on but the monitor says there is no signal being sent from the computer.  The other weird thing is that the power button light is amber instead of green.  I turned off the computer and unplugged all power from it and tried again.  This time it booted up.  The last time it happened, unplugging it didn't even work so I pulled the case apart and cleaned it out.  I yanked the Video card out of the AGP slot and reseated it and turned it on and presto it fired right up.  What gets me is when I leave it on and have to reboot it, everything works fine.  It only acts up when I leave it off over night or longer and then start it.  Could this be the battery on the motherboard?  My clock doesn't seem to be losing time in windows or anything.  If a... Read more

Answer:Dimension 8100 not booting up and has amber light on power button. Please HELP?

If the power button is blinking amber, it is probable that the power supply needs to be replaced.If the power button is solid amber, the power supply should be fine. At this stage of bootup, memory has not yet been tested, and is not a factor in this type of failure. Check the CPU and ensure that it is properly seated.

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Hello, I don't know allot about computers, but each time i turn on the computer it goes to power save mode.
It asks me to press any buttons or click the mouse, i do but nothing happens, neither the mouse or keyboard light up as they use to, only for a slight second once its turned on, then it goes away. The little bulb on the back of the tower is steady green and i use a vga cable. I'd like to know how to fix this problem so I could use the computer.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 570 - power save mode/amber light

Blinking Amber = Bad power supply.
Solid Amber = Dead motherboard.

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hello,

my friend is having a problem with a netgear n600 wireless dual band gigabit router WNDR3700v3 in that it will not connect to the internet. When you power it up, the power light stays amber. this used to work before but something happened and we are not sure what happened but now it does not work.. I went thru the automatic setup again and that does not correct it.

we contacted the netgear support and the lady had me do a ipconfig and we could not see any ip addresses. she said that the interface settings were corrupt.

the router is out of warranty and to have her correct it, my friend would have had to re-activate the warranty at 199.00 for a two year unlimited plan or a 1 year unlimited plan for 129.00. he did not want to do that.

I am hoping that by submitting this to the forum, we could get this router fixed. I have a linksys router and that is what I will be using to communicate to the forum. my friend has this router hooked to a hp desktop running windows 7. if you tell me to do something with the router, I will have to disconnect my linksys router from my dell windows xp machine and hook it to the netgear.

please let me know if there is anything that you need from me in order to help in correcting this.

thank you in advance for the help
 

Answer:netgear WNDR3700v3 router with a solid amber power light

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I was on my computer one morning and we happened to have a power flash, quickly on and off. Afterwards i turn on my computer, everything comes normally, gives me the safe boot option, i start up windows 7 log in and it freezes, on a side note that is very unusal. I've had my setup for a month now and not 1 freeze. Afterwards anytime i attempt to turn on my computer the monitor stays amber and nothing shows, no bios nothing. I've tried tried multiple things such as replacing the power supply, running bare minimum (1 stick of ram, cpu, cpu fan and power supply without graphics card installed), Ironically im in a nerdrage rush to get it fixed by 11p.m. central time tonight, a new game i've been preparing for with new comp upgrades and such for months comes out on midnight and i very much so intend to be there for it.

my computer specs:
890GPA-UD3H Motherboard
3.3 dual core am3 socket processor
9800gt xlr8 nvidia graphics card
2 sticks of 2 gig 1333mhz ddr3 ram
600w Power supply
500 gig sata harddrive

im running windows 7 professional 64x

i was running a 480w power supply when the power flashed, i bought a 600w today.
 

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Hello, Last month a message from lenovo power manager software pops up on the laptop, saying something like my power adapter needs to be replaced it is not providing enough. It continued to work for a few days before stop charging at all. When I plugged in to AC power, my Yoga would start charging for 2 seconds and stop. If I took out the plug and reconnect, it just did the same and not charge. While plugged in, the laptop charging icon disappears after the 2 initial seconds and the power light on my pc flashes steadly on/off amber. I managed to order this power adapter here before out of battery. When I received the adapter my Yoga started charging again with no problem. The next day however, my screen went black and stop working. Warrenty out dated, so I openned the machine and found a loose screw from the fan, put it back and by magic the screen is working again. The next day I plug in my laptop, let it charges for a few hours. When I turn it on the charging icon disappears again. Same thing as before, not charging with flashing amber light. I noticed that when unplugged, the light would go to solid white like normal. So I have 70% battery left before I feel like just throwing this thing in the trash! I couldn't find anybody with the same problem. I was wondering if updating the BIOS could help but when I tried a message came up "Please plugin and try again", Great...! Someone please help!

Answer:Yoga 2 13 - stopped charging - power light flashing amber

Hi pjz,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 
I would suggest try isolating if Battery or AC is causing this problem.
 
First is to try removing the battery on your Yoga
Here's is a simple guide.
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Lenovo+Yoga+2+13-Inch+Battery+Replacement/39456
 
Now while there is no battery Try plugging your adapter and try turning the computer ON.
It should power up using only the AC adapter.
 
If it did not.
 Your problem lies with the the power System, COuld be the charging port. Try observing the Port or follow the wire that runs to it.
 
 
 
 
If the computer power up without the Battery in it, without any problem. This is a problem with your battery.
 
Let me know your findings
Regards
Solid Cruver
 
 





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Hello. So my Dell dimension 4600 just lost mointor/video signal one day. All the fans, drives and CPU were still workin away. I figured ok great my video card is blown(in my case the MB). So I install a new MB. Still no video or monitor signal....I have checked the diagnostic lights on the back and none of them are lite. I have tested the power supply - seems fine. I have unplugged everything other than the CPU, main and second power to MB. I am getting no error beeps. I am so lost here!! I need some help please!! Thanx

Answer:Dell 4600 solid power amber light - no signal to monitor..help!

I would have tried another monitor before buying another board.Try hooking up a different monitor to the computer.  If that doesn't work try another monitor cable.If you have no other monitor, try hooking up your current monitor to another computer.  If it works then it means there's something going on with your computer.  If not, then the problem is most likely that  your monitor is bad.

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I have to 2 Dell Precision T3600 computers that only power on after the second try.
If you press the power button first time: the power button get's a amber light & 1 3 4 diagnostic get a flickering amber light. 
If you turn the computer off and press the power button again it will turn on and work as normal.
I have been able to diagnose that the PSU is the problem.
I would like to know if I can continue to use these desktops in their current state? Are there any potential consequences / risks involved?
Also can the PSU can be repaired? If so how?

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Dell Precision T3600 Power Supply (PSU) amber light issue

Manual indicates it may be PSU cable related:


1- Blink 2- Off 3- Blink 4- Blink

PSU Cable Failure
All PSU cables may not be properly connected to system board. (PS_ON asserted, missing a main power rail)


Did you try to reseat the motherboard's PSU cable(s)?

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Hi,

I've been working on a Satellite 2805-S201 and all was fine until I placed a PCMCIA Wireless with a 3.3V power rating.
After that, the AC power light will flash Amber 8 times and recycle.

This is with AC power, Battery power, AC and no battery installed, etc. If I pull the power plug and battery, and then put them both in, the AC light is green and the battery will charge. As soon as I Push the on/off button, I hear a faint click from the right side of the unit and then it goes into the amber power cycling.

The Support bulletins mentioned that the card could get damaged, but didn't mention the Unit itself.
No, the PCMCIA card is still not plugged in

Any Thoughts?

AC

Answer:Satellite 2805-S201: AC power light flashes amber 8 times

Hi

The blinking LED provides a micro code which refers to the hardware fault.
But please don?t ask me what this code could mean because in my opinion only an authorized service provider can read it and can check this in his manuals and documentations.
But one this is sure, in most cases it?s a motherboard hardware problem! ;(

Possibly the external PCMCIA card was not fully compatible and damages something on the board? but this is only my personal suggestion and to ensure what?s wrong a hardware fault diagnostic would be necessary.

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Hi folks,

I write here because I've a problem...
My Satellite PRO 4600 of 2002 doesn't turn on anymore.
It shows a flashing amber light when I press the Pwr On switch...
I'm an electrotecnic, so you can explain me the problem.... thanks :)

Davide

Answer:Satellite Pro 4600 amber light flashing if I press the power switch

It sounds like a mainboard problem?

Try to remove the AC/DC adaptor and battery and then wait one hour. Connect the AC/DC adaptor and the battery. Now try it again.

Does this happen if with battery and/or AC adaptor?

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I have an optiplex 760 mini tower with the diagnostic lights 2 3 4 blinking and solid amber power light. Ive read that this could be a motherboard or bios failure and I might need a new board. Is there any way I can avoid buy ing a new motherboard?

Answer:Optiplex 760 diagnostic lights 2 3 4 blinking and solid amber power light

I think you just need to adjust your Hard Drive's Cables.I also had this problem once.

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Hello guys i hope someone can help me. My desktop stoped working and it showed me the amber power light.
First i cleaned the inside of the desktop from dust. I checked the battery it was fine ( 3V as indicated) then i checked rams. Also fine. Checked the video card also fine. Then i figured maybe it's the power supply. I jumped it and it worked the fan works and most of the outputs are fine. Then i tried to plug only the 24pin conector on the the mobo , it worked fine the fan kept spinning the HDD worked the cd-rom workd ..there was no stopping. But once i pluged the 4 pin atx mobo ps, every thing stoped again. I repeated the same thing 3 times. Once the 4 pin atx is pluged everything stops. What should i do. Is it the mobo ? Please help

Answer:Amber power light of death flashing Dell optiplex gx620

Hi Eddysam,
Please check the power button if it is solid or flashing, is there any pattern for the same. Please check the keyboard caps lock and number lock key if it toggles while the system is turned on.
For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your email address.

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Good afternoon, couple of days ago my computer which is not paid off yet and out of warranty went into a no boot with a soiid Amber light. When I cracked open the case I found my cpu fan was nearly frozen very stiff to turn. I cleaned it out but now curious if my cpu died or the PSU? The interesting part if I unplug all external perpherals from the computer and test it get the solid amber light and on the back by the PSU the green light is out as soon as I turn on the power. If I unplug the power let the system discharge then plug the power back in before turning on the power the green light on the PSU is lit.
Does this sound like a PSU issue? Could it be the CPU? I'm getting no post beeps or anything powering up. Also is this a specialized PSU or can I use any standard ATX PSU this is in a mid tower. The service code is <ADMIN NOTE:Service tag removed per privacy policy>.
Thank you for anyone's help in advance just frustrating making payments on a paperweight.
Sincerely,
Jouster

Answer:Solid Amber power light computer won't boot Dell Inpiron 530

 jouster_lj
Does the processor heatsink fan rotate freely?
Does the power supply fan work?
A solid amber power light indicates there may be a power problem or an internal device malfunction.
The Inspiron 530 Troubleshooter and Diagnostic Codes are HERE.
Most generic standard ATX power supply units can be installed, with either a 24-pin or 20+4-pin main motherboard power connector, with or without the on/off switch.
You should be able to buy a compatible power supply from either a local or online computer store.
Note: A power supply with four SATA power connectors, is required.
The power supply replacement procedure is HERE <ADMIN NOTE: Broken link has been removed from this post by Dell>
Bev.

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I have a satellite A105-4054, which has given excellent service. Yesterday, the power light started flashing amber and stopped charging the battery. I had a second freshly charged battery, which I used instead and the power light still flashes amber.

I checked the Original Toshiba battery charger, which came with the unit, with a voltmeter and it shows 15 volts, which is correct. The laptop will boot normally with a freshly charged battery, but it will not charge when plugged in, and the power light flashes amber continually. If I remove the battery and leave the laptop plugged in, the power light flashes amber continually, and nothing happens (no power up). I would be happy to just run the laptop on AC, but that is not possible, right now

The toshiba power utility system tray icon, when the laptop is booted up on the fresh battery, flashes back and forth between charging and battery, and the battery does not seem to charge. Previously, the power utility would show AC power continuously when the unit was plugged in and the power light would stay blue.

I really like the laptop, since it has given superb service, and would like to keep it. Any reasonable solutions, please?

Thanks guys (and gals)!

Answer:Re: Satellite A105 - power light started flashing amber/battery not charging

On this virtual way nobody can say for sure what the problem is but after reading your detailed posting I think there is problem with power supply electronic placed on the mainboard. Only technicians with special diagnostic tools can say for sure what is wrong there.

In my opinion there is no much you can do about it and in such case whole mainboard must be exchanged. If you want contact nearest authorized service provider, explain the situation and I hope they can tell you more about that.

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Hello I tried to install a power supply with my dell now I get a steady amber light after I removed the power supply since it had showed me an amber light. With the old power supply, I still get the steady amber light. I noticed that on the LED in the back, I got a yellowish amber colored light as well. With the new power supply it didn't have the exact four pin layout of my old one but had an eight pin layout that was seperated so that I could ease a four pin in with my computer. Did this blow out the motherboard? The major thing I did was remove the heatsink which had pins connected to it when I tried to install this video card but I noticed that some of the pins bent out of shape so I got a new heatsink only this time the heatsink I recieved has no pins. I installed the heatsink and tried to boot the pc but it won't boot only the fan spins and none of the indicator lights in the front turn on. Is the motherboard or processor dead? Thanks.
 

Answer:Dell e521 tried to install video card+power supply now getting an amber light.

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Hi All,
I have replaced a EVGA GT 730 video card with the EVGA GTX 1070 Founder's Edition video card on a Dell XPS 8700. Once the installation was finished I powered the PC on and only got an amber light on the power button. I powered off and replaced the card with the old one, checked for any loose cables, and tested the power supply successfully. I am still getting an amber light with the old card back in. My fear is the motherboard short circuited. Please tell me I am wrong and someone else had this issue and was able to fix it!?

Answer:Solid Amber light on power button after installing GTX 1070 video card on a XPS 8700

Do you have an upgraded power supply unit? A min 500w psu is required and the 8700 doesn't have that.  see this-- www.evga.com/.../product.aspx  and this-
en.community.dell.com/.../20008839

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I bought this a couple of years ago from a local computer store. It's been very reliable and I run Ubuntu 16.04 Linux on it. This afternoon I had a power drop of a second or so and since then when trying to boot the issue in the subject happens. I can get to boot as usual by pressing the power supply test button which gives me a green light on the power supply and then pressing the power button will let it boot normally. I don't have any version of Windows installed so it's not possible to run any diagnostic unless there are some Linux based ones.
Thanks for any help

Answer:Dell Optiplex 780 MiniTower, power light flashes amber diagnostic lights 1 & 3 flash

Blinking Amber power: Initial state of light at power up. Indicates system has power, but the POWER_GOOD signal is not yet active. If the Hard Drive light is off, it is probable that the power supply needs to be replaced. If the Hard Drive light on, it is probable that an onboard regulator or VRM has failed. Look at the diagnostic lights for further information.
1+3:  Memory modules are detected, but a memory configuration or compatibility error has occurred.
You could try resetting BIOS to see if you can clear the error.

Reboot and press F2 to open BIOS setup
Copy down all current BIOS settings
Power off, unplug
Press/hold power button for ~15 sec
Open case and remove motherboard battery
Press/hold power button for ~30 sec
Reseat RAM modules in their slots
Reinstall battery- good time for new CR2032 coin cell, if this one is old
Close case and reboot

If that helps, go back into BIOS setup, and confirm that all settings match what you wrote down. Be sure to save any changes before exiting setup.

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Hi all just bought a hp tower as it needed reformatting or a boot disc I turned it on and it got to screen saying thank you your pc is now set up but then the little egg timer came up and after 5 minutes the pc just switched off now no green light on back by psu and no power has the psu just blown or could it be another problem .. thanks in advance

UPDATE - plugged my psu into it and it turned on so im assuming ive been very unlucky and psu has just blown can anyone help me where to get one very cheap pc is a hp media centre m000 I looked on ebay and cant seem to see anything the one in there is the origanal I think which is a 230watt
 

Answer:HP tower just turned off, no power light

Maybe - http://www.911forpcs.com/m376n.html
 

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My tower won't power on it just has a fast orange blinking light also the monitor say self test displaying r color please help
 

Answer:My tower won't power on it just has a oreorge blinking light

Miranda, before we can offer you help we need to know how much you know about computers.

For example..... are you confident to open the box and check the components..? are you confident to perform some advanced procedures in the OS..?

Based on your reply we will know at what level to offer you help.

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My Vostro 200 mini tower wont boot. It beep twice in infinite loop. I tried reinstalling RAM, tried another RAM without any fix. If I remove RAM it wont change the beep style.

Answer:Vostro Mini tower beep twice with blue power light

Hi Javedlasi,
Thanks for reaching out to us.
We have gone through the issue reported on our dell tower and understand that the system is not posting and gives two beeps.
As mentioned above you have checked with known good memory, but issue is same and beeps pattern remains the same, also when removed the beep pattern remains same.
Please help me understanding if the system power button color and if it is flickering or solid.
If you have encountered any other issue while using the system do let us know so that we can isolate the issue better.
For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your email address.

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What does a solid red (not blinking) on the power represent?

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Hi,
i am using dell optiplex 780-Mini Tower. last week my pc didn't startup windows and stuck load on dell logo screen with flash light showing 1 - 4 and off LED light. also  didn't access/load boot menu, bios. i tried power on with all external devise unplugged but show same problem.
can you pls help me out. thanks in advance. 

Answer:dell optiplex 780-Mini Tower. flashing 1 and 4 with off power light

You ram is bad.  F2 Bios setup requires working ram.

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My inspiron one 2305 has just quit working.   On power up, the power switch glows a steady amber.  The fans come on and you can hear the HD start to spin up and run.  No video, splash screen, or anything else.  No POST beeps, either.   A possible cause was the LCD inverter, but I've just installed a new one and that did not fix the problem.  External power supply appears to be functioning normally.   I suspect the motherboard is gone.    And the warranty is long expired, of course.
Apparently this issue is a common one for the 2305 and a result of defective design on Dell's part.    Quite a few other people are experiencing the same problem.   Anyone else run across this and fixed it?

Answer:Inspiron One 2305 has stopped booting up. Steady amber light on power switch. Fans and HD run. No video/splash. No POST beeps.

I have the same issue with mines.

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My Dell Inspiron 5558 Battery light continuely blink Amber and then white light just 1 time for each and can't find what mean by that light code

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I have a Dell XPS 13 that had the motherboard replaced a few months ago.  When attempting to boot the front led blinks amber twice, then white twice repeatedly. The device will start up but never boots to the dell logo or the Windows OS. This is with the AC plugged in and also with the internal battery plugged in.  After a few months, I had the same issue with the laptop yesterday.  Is there another issues other than the motherboard or could it be that the "refurbished motherboard" came from another defective Dell XPS 13 9350?

Answer:Dell XPS 13 won't boot up and has blinking amber light (twice) plus blinking white light (once) for the 2nd time

Hi PFMCDONNER ,
Does the screen gets stuck at Dell logo?
Are you able to boot to "advanced boot options? by pressing F8?
Also run the diagnostics by pressing the F12 during startup and let me know the results.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private message with the service tag and your Name for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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Question: amber light

my sister has an amber light on her xp tower pc,the pc runs slow for an 900mghz machinehelp please

Answer:amber light

Hi denis93c. You really need to tell us more. Are you saying that the amber light is abnormal for this machine? Amber lights are often used to indicate that the hard drive is active. If this is the case, and the hard drive in your sister's machine is permanently active, then this would be the problem. I have heard of this fault with Windows XP, but can't remember the solution. Does anyone else recognise this?

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Question: Dell Amber Light

Hi just joined and my first post. Have been searching for possible solutions to my hardware problem on the net and hope someone here can help! Have a Dell Dimension C521 which is just over 2 yrs old. Over the last few weeks have had problems turning it on and off. There's a solid amber light on main switch. At first I could resolve by unplugging and restarting which did the trick but it seems to be getting worse. I can still get it to come on - sometimes it's after a few attempts but other times it takes 40 or 50! Once on it works fine. Took it to a local shop (who couldn't start it at all!) but they tested power supply which was ok and a few other things (not sure what) and said they thought it was probably the motherboard. Can anyone advise about this - would a motherboard fault cause this kind of intermitent problem / deterioration over time? One new thing today is when trying to turn it on sometimes the on/off button doesn't click at all. Not confident to start dismantling it and taking things out etc! Can't find any useful info on Dell site - is there any point trying to run the Dell diagnostic tool (F12 when Dell logo appears shortly after start up). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks
 

Answer:Dell Amber Light

See here for the manual for the system and the diagnostics codes that show on the front panel: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimC521/en/SM_EN/tshoot.htm#wp1043338

Yes, it could be the motherboard,or the memory, or the CPU. I recently had a C521 come in with a failed processor.
 

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About a month ago I got my brothers extremely old pc from about 2008 ( the optiplex 320) and he gave it to me but it had a broken graphics card I believe, because everything was always tinted green but once I got the new graphics card (geforce GT 730) it worked fine but it had only two 1Gb sticks of ram so at that point I was just gonna try and wait till I had enough money get some more ram but that time never came because I got caught up in a bunch of other stuff, but recently I got it back out and got my stuff set back up and plugged it all in and noticed a flashing orange light on the power button which I've never seen before and I constantly tried different outlets different cords and everything, and I've come to the point where I'm like 70% sure its the mother board because when I unplug everything from the PSU except the hard drive and I plug it in the light doesn't flash and the computer starts actually making noise (before nothing happened but a flashing light). Another thing I noticed was before when I first got the graphics card the fan on it spun but now when I unplug everything from it except the hard drive it doesn't but it's probably just because it's not a big enough load to need the fan, but I'm just trying to give as much info as I possible could so I could fix this as soon as possible.
 

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The amber light is constantly on, not flashing just solidly on, whether on or off and regardless of the battery charge percentage.  The battery charges just fine. It's been this way since I got it.  I tried posting for help before but didn't get any responses.

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I leave my computer on 24/7, and just yesterday I came back to find no video signal, no audio signal, no keyboard or mouse functionality and a steady amber light on the power button. i turned the computer off, started it up, and found that the hdd fan started up fast and then slowed to a halt as it normally does, but then the system fan spun up to full speed and just remained there (not normal). The diagnostic lights don't turn on, indicating the machine doesn't even make it to the bios. The only signs of life on the machine are the amber power light and the system fan blasting. I turned the machine off, waited, turned it on. same deal. I later opened it up, took out the memory that i added last month, tried every combination of taking out components. I even went barebones, unplugged everything save for the fans (video cards, sound card, vid capture card, hdd's, dvd drives, all unplugged) and all still the same thing. The steady amber power-button light. Also, there is another amber light on the mobo, towards the top. I don't know if that is supposed to be green or what, but that light is also steady amber (anyone know what that light even is? it's not on any support/manual diagram). I'm hoping this is just a connection/power issue, replacing the psu would be much cheaper than replacing my mobo (my 1yr warranty ended a month ago). If there's anything you guys can give me that'll help my situation out, it'd be much appreciated.

Answer:XPS 710 - Steady Amber Light

The motherboard/processor has died. Power supply appears good as fans act like they should on bootup..with everthing out or disconneted except the processor and mb if it still is solid amber my moneys on the motherbord...

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I have Dell optiplex 745 PC, it was working so nice. now when I try to switch the power on I have the amber blinking light. I tried to unplug every thing connected to the system board. The power supply works well, the RAMs work so fine. I tried to power on the PC with only the motherboard , I receive the same problem. The amazing thing is that sometimes the PC boots and reached the desktop of windows and works fine. with the same steps it doesn't work sometimes.Any advice??!!!

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On pressing power button briefly, the fan will start but only for a second and then stops. The green LED on motherboard remains on constantly and the orange/amber led near the power switch flashes regularly but the green LED adjacent to it is off.
Can anyone advise where the fault lies?

This is a Dell Dimension 1100 desktop.
 

Answer:blinking amber light

That's a classic Dell symbol for a bad power supply, but you can check the four diagnostic lights on the back of the computer against the chart here...
 

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Recently, I lost wifi connection completely on my XPS 8700. The computer cannot detect any router. I noticed that the Realtek wireless adapter was missing in the device manager. Fortunately, the Dell wireless adapter was still available. After enabling this adapter, wifi connection worked again. However, during this trouble shooting, I found that the aux_pwr light turned on even if I shut down the computer.
My questions are:
1. Is the Realtek wireless adapter dead?
2.Why does the aux_pwr light turn on - solid amber light? Is it related to the Realtek wireless adapter issue or it indicate some other issues in my computer?
3. Can I turn off the aux_pwr light or how to trouble shoot? I don't think the aux_pwr light on is normal.
So far, the computer is working fine. Surely, I haven't tested all functionality.
Any help is appreciated!

Answer:aux_pwr amber light is ON

Are you talking about the LED on the motherboard? That LED should be on as long as the PC is connected to a "live" outlet. It means the motherboard is getting "flea power" and is perfectly normal. 
If you unplug the PC from the wall and press/hold the power button for ~15 sec, the motherboard LED should go out.
nongjin100 I noticed that the Realtek wireless adapter was missing in the device manager. Fortunately, the Dell wireless adapter was still available.
That makes no sense - to me. There's only one wired and one wireless adapter, but you said there are two wireless. Do you mean the Realtek 8111E Network (integrated) wired Ethernet adapter ?
Have you looked at rear of the PC to see if any LEDs are on, next to the Ethernet (RJ45) port?
Reboot and press F2 to open BIOS setup. Make sure the Onboard LAN Controller option is set to Enabled. Be sure to save any changes before exiting setup.
Is there an "Unknown" device listed in Device Manager?
Have you tried reinstalling the NIC driver? Go to the Support page and select your version of Windows. Then download the Realtek adapter to the desktop and install it. And then reboot.

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Hello,
I just exchanged my Inspiron 560s's CPU with a Core 2 Quad 9400 which, according to Dell's upgrade website, is compatible to my PC.
However, when I start my PC, i get a constant, amber colored light on the power button and the PC won't start up.
I already tried resetting/updating my BIOS, but that didn't do it.
Does anyone know what the problem is? I suspect it might be the PSU because the new CPU takes a lot more energy and the PSU is only a 250 Watts one.

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Hi,
Bought recently the new XPS 13 and have a weird problem.
The battery indicator always shows a solid amber light when it is plugged in (100% battery) and what is more strange when it's turned off.
I have updated BIOS although I think I had the latest one anyway.
There are no other evident problems.
Please advise, thanks.

Answer:New XPS 13 - solid amber light always on

The battery charge LED for the XPS 13 will glow amber if the battery is low on charge.  With the AC adapter connected and the system turned off the battery should charge fairly quickly and then the LED should turn white indicating that the battery is no longer low in charge and is being charged. Once fully charged the LED should go dark.
Battery Charge LED —
LED that indicates battery charge state.


Illuminates white while plugged in and charging. When the charging is completed LED turns off.


Battery level is low, LED illuminates in amber color.
 Please reply back if it looks like the system is having problems charging the battery.
 
TB

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I have a Dell Dimension 8400 with a Xion 600W power supply to power my NVidea video card. Recently, my computer just shut off with out warning. When I tried to turn it back on, I noticed a blinking amber light on the power button.

I unplugged everything, reseated all components (except CPU), removed all ram, unplugged HDD+Cd/Dvd ROM's, no luck. Replaced the CMOS Battery, no luck. Checked all USB ports for broken/bent pins, none.

I reassembled everything the way it was, no luck. The "inbound current" light is green on my MOBO indicating incoming power. However, the PSU fan will not kick, nor will any of the other fans/components.

I am at my wits end here, as I need my PC. Any other ideas would be appreciated. I think I may just need a new PSU.
 

Answer:Flashing Amber Light... Ugh!

karmalize said:





I think I may just need a new PSU.Click to expand...

It sounds lkie a PSU issue to me.
Check the outputs if you can or just try a different one.
It's not too common for them to blow, but they do.
 

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My power button on my Dell is blinking ambur. I suspect when I dusted the tower yesterday (while it was on), I created static. I went in later to use the computer and it was blinking amber, no fans were running, it was quiet. I have unplugged the power source for 24 hours...nothing has improved. Does this sound like the motherboard is fried or worse? Can it be replaced? And how much do they generally run? I can't believe I did that!
 

Answer:Blinking Amber Light

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Gateway locked up so I had to power it down hard. Now PC will not go off amber light. Pulled everything off system board except for Processor and video card and no beep code or anything. Tried new video card issue persists you guys have any ideas. Thanks!!!

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I am experiencing some difficulty with my desktop computer. It is a Dell Vostro 220s, Windows XP SP3, 3GB ram, 250GB hard drive. A couple nights ago we had a power outage. I get up the next morning to find my desktop off (I usually leave it on). I go to turn it on and the power light comes on blue, like normal, and the fans kick on. However, after a second or two, it turns amber and begins blinking.

I googled what the potential problems could be and how to troubleshoot it. I'm assuming based on my search results that it is a power-based failure of some kind, typically either the power supply or the motherboard.

I came across this while I was searching: ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-prod..._desktop/vostro-220s_service manual_en-us.pdf

excerpt from page 2:
If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem may
exist.
Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at your location, if applicable.
Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the system board (see System Board
Components).Click to expand...

So I viewed the diagram linked there and started disconnecting one thing at a time. I took the two cables out of the hard drive, tried to boot, same problem. I took the cable out of what looks to me like the power connector (based on the diagram from pg 4; it is labeled #1. When I restarted, it finally did something different. When I pressed the power button with th... Read more

Answer:Blinking amber light

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i am building a dell precision t7400 had it all ready to fire up and powered it up and the power button flashed 5 times amber and just above it green light 1 & 3 showed up any help appreciated i am thinking psu or mo bo these two are the only two components i cant vouch for cpu's good , ram good ,
 

Answer:amber light flashing

diagnostic lights are here
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/wsT7400/en/UG/html/tools.htm

1 & 3 green = Memory modules are detected, but a memory configuration or compatibility error exists.

also manual here
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/wsT7400/multilang/QRG/A00/DAO_BCC/DAO_BCC.pdf

Ensure that no special requirements for memory module/connector placement exist (see "Memory" in your User&#8217;s Guide).
&#8226; Ensure that the memory you are using is supported by your computer (see "Memory" in your User&#8217;s Guide).
&#8226; If the problem persists, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" in your User&#8217;s Guide)
 

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Hi i have packard bell machine with amd 64 processer and a nforce 4 motherboard. I know its abit old but im having problems with my system.

Basically my system had a virus which destroyed my hardrive, i decided to do a full format. During yhe installation of windows my pc shut down on its own nd did not turn on after that. The fan spins for abit but no other signs of life. After leaving it for a day, i turn my pc on again and the amber light comes on. Normally after ita amber it will turn green but this time it stays on amber and my fan was spinning way to fast.

The amber light does not flash but just stays lit. I dont hear no beeps but my motherboard led light is on.

I decided to purchase a new power supply nd a cpu fan. I inserted evertthing normally but still have the same problem. Iv removed componenta one by one and still no hope.

Can anyone help plz?

My specs are
4gb ddr2 ram
Amd 64 3.6 ghz
Nforce 405 motherboard
550watts psu new

There is no sign of leakage on the motherboard
 

Answer:Pc amber light not turning on.

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I have a Dell Optiplex that runs a small CNC machine. The other day I started the computer and while it was booting up I turned the key board over and tapped it on the counter to remove some metal chips that were stuck in the keys. The computer quit working. I opened the back and saw a green blinking light on the mother board. I was told to replace the power supply. I did. Now I have the green blinking light on the mother board and a blinking amber light in the start button and nothing working on the computer. I don't know what to do next.
 

Answer:Blinking amber light

"I don't know what to do next"...

What's a small CNC machine, and where did the metal chips come from?
 

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I have a two Optiplex 990's that have quit booting up. They turn on...fans spin up and the DVD drive spins up...but then the Diagnostics lights show 2,3,4 and the power button lights up Amber instead of green.
The system then just keeps powering up and shutting down with those diagnostic lights constantly.
I have tried removing the HD, CD drive, Graphics card, CMOS, Both fans. None seem to resolve the issue. On one of the two I replaced the motherboard. That also didn't help. 
I have also reset the memory on the units 
Grateful for any help!
E

Answer:Optiplex 990 Amber Light / 2,3,4

i have the same problem with dell optiplex 990 SFF... also there was a previous optiplex 790 with the same problem but both i was able to fix...   i opened the power supply and found out bulging 2 capacitors (10V 2200uF) and replaced them both.  Now both systems are running good.  This is a cheap cap and needs to be replaced with high quality ones like nichicons, etc...

It could be possible to also find bulging caps on the motherboard esp on the heatsink area.

if you are not that technical then go to an electronic shop and have your powersupply be re-capped/ refurbished.. Take note: before repairing it myself i tried the built-in self test for the powersupply (pressing small black button at the rear) and it says the psu is good and also i measured each individual output voltages (5V, 12V, 3.3V) and all were giving good readings but you cannot be sure since there is still yet no Load.  So as i suspected i opened the PSU and found out the bulging/leaking caps...

Hope this will help you all.   

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The amber light below the start button is always bust like somethings running in the background or as if something is trying to instale. Does anyone know why this light is continuously on?

Answer:Amber Light Below Start Button

Are you referring to your casing start button?

If so, that is the light of your HardDisk activity. It is normal for it to blink.

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trying to fix this Dell Dimension E310 when i turn on power tower starts but light is amber and i have no display this making very hard to fix. Please help!!!
 

Answer:amber light on dell dem e310

Hi and welcome to the TSG web site.

Found on Dell web site using a Google search for troubleshooting Dell Dimension E310:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/SYSTEMS/dim3100/en/sm/adtshoot.htm#wp1124612

Solid yellow Power Button:
The Dell Diagnostics is running a test, or a device on the system board may be faulty or incorrectly installed.

If the Dell Diagnostics is running, allow the testing to complete.

Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.

Blinking yellow Power Button:
A power supply or system board failure has occurred.

Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.
 

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My PC wont boot up, when I took the side off the amber light on the motherboard was flasking, what does this mean. There's nothing coming up on screen no power to my cordless mouse, the fan is working on the motherboard. Anybody got any suggestions please

Answer:Motherboard Amber Light Flashing

...motherboard type and model no? Usually, when you go to the mb maker's site, they will explain the things that make the mb light flash. I'll look it up for you if you give details.

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Just got back from vacation and moved my mouse and keyboard but nothing came on screen. Changed batteries, reset, nothing. Have tried a manual reboot but still nothing. I've noticed on the front panel there is an amber warning light flickering with pictures of discs below it. What does that mean? I pushed the button below that, the tray opened and there is no disc inside. I pushed the button below that and nothing happened. Any ideas what to do or try next? It's the P6000 series and I think I was running IE 7. There is power to tower hence the amber light and the light blue button on top is lit and power to monitor, remains orange, never gets to green. Screen remains black.

Answer:HP not booting up, amber light on front

Wait, so you left the machine switched on for your whole vacation?  Why?Try totally powering it off, leave it unplugged for a while, plug it back in and see if it works.  That light is just showing hard drive activity, it is not a warning.

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I have changed my memory in my computer thinking it would help with the amber light, but it did not. What else could cause the amber light and black screen? Please help

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Gday guys,

On Thursday it was the last day of school.
During the last lesson of the day, i was using the laptop to play games (Toshiba Sat Pro 6100, 1.6ghz) when the bell went. I tried shutting it down in time however running in battery mode, it went down to 1ghz and was fairly sluggish shutting the game so i immediately turned it off by holding down the button for a few secs.

I put it into my new belkin computer case which has thick foam padding and went home by bus. When i finally got home i plugged in the laptop and tried booting up. The screen did not work for some reason so i tried pressing the light button a number of times to no avail. Reset the computer a few times, still nothing. I wondered if it was the hard drive from not shutting it down properly earlier that day but i could still blindly log on to windows. It puzzled me as to why the screen was not turning on. I presumed a cable was loose so i took off the keyboard and checked the cables on the graphics card. They were in fine. Put the keyboard back on and attempted to start the laptop.

The blinking amber light shone in its ugly glory. Something was wrong. I left the laptop alone and got dad whos an electrical engineer to check over the laptop for any obvious things which could be causing this problem. Dad Couldnt see anything.

Before, i read a post about reseating the graphics card may work so i reseated the graphics card and tried booting up. Still nothing!!!

What the heck is going on?

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Answer:Sat Pro 6100: Blinking Amber Light

If the Amber light is shining on the AC adapter LED then you have a fault. It could either be with the adapter or the machine its self. If by removing the battery and adpater, leaving for 5-10 minutes and then plugging it all back and trying to restart the machine doesn't resolve the issue then it is definately faulty. I would suggest you speak to your reseller or a service agent, Toshiba certified and get them to have a look for you.

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Hi, I have a Dell Inspiron 545 desktop about 4 years old,Duel Core intell,6 gig ram,500 gig hd.The electric at the house went off and then back on.Computer was dead.Took it to a local Tech.they replaced the power supply.Computer ran for 30 days or so just fine then I heard something like a click .The computer went into like sleep mode with a solid amber light.after a bit of reseach I checked the back connection from the power suppy (4 wires).I just unplugged it and reconnected it.I then took out the ram and reseated it.Worked fine for 3 days and then back to solid amber light again in front.Will not do anything. I dont think the psu fans are running either.Any help would be great! Thanks.ZZ
 

Answer:Dell solid amber light

The User Manual typically has the meaning of the LED lights in the trouble shooting section.

You can also check here: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/Product/inspiron-545
 

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Can someone please tell me what this means. I need help here because the device is obviously no longer under warranty, and I am unable to pay for the Remote Technical Support option here. The problem first started out with only the Wi-Fi light (on front of laptop) lighting up with wrong color. Now both the Wi-Fi and Battery lights are displaying the incorrect color (at least I'm assuming the other one is the Battery light, and not the Power. It is the one closer to the left side of the laptop. Its kind of interesting though... as I'm typing this message, I am noticing that the Battery light is no longer colored incorrectly (its showing as blue once again). On a sidenote, in case you are wondering I have downloaded the user manual. It states absolutely nothing about this, nor does the Quick Start Guide. I am more concerned about the Wi-Fi light turning amber than I am the Battery light. The Batttery light seems to be back to normal. I never use the battery on this device anyway. Both of the lights should be blue, like the other two. Does anyone know why this is happening? 

Answer:Amber Light Instead of Usual Blue

Those LED lights are a combination of 2 colors wich iluminates more or less each color depending of the signal input coming from your motherboard, so, it can be just a problem on that LED board, probably, the signal inputs aren't right or even the LED themselves are not working properly to show the correct color. The usual color combinations are: Orange / Blue (some Acer laptops can show other colors too if the LED itself is capable), so, the board will show one of those 2 colors depending of the current voltage signals, but if that board or just the LED's aren't in good conditions (something really strange) they can show a combination of those colors (just like AMOLED screens getting burned). I hope it's just that and isn't any bigger problem. I suggest you to do a battery reset (removing it from the laptop and waiting a little time to put it back) just to be sure that isn't related to internal power issues.

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Hi,
I have a Dell Optiplex 780 SFF which fails to boot up. Every time I plug in the AC cable, the power light turns amber and that could wo diagnostic lights, 3 & 4 light up. I have tried many different things like removing and moving the RAM. No idea what could be wrong. Don't know if it could be relevant but we had a power cut the night before it cut out.
Hope you can help,
Freddie

Answer:Optiplex 780 Amber Light NOT BOOTING

3 and 4 does signfy a RAM problem click here the power cable - press and hold power button for 30 secs - refit power cable and attempt to boot.
if still same try one stick of ram at a time - try in different slots.
I
The power outage may have damaged the RAmM or worse may have damaged the motherboard.
Remove

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I've been searching and searching and have yet to find a solution for my specific problem. I've had this Toshiba for a good while, possible going on 2-3years. I've had so many issues with it, at one point it wouldn't boot up past recovery for a solid 6months or so. Then the Video card completely died on me and i find out that i'd have to replace the entire motherboard to just fix that but instead I just hook it to an external monitor. Then the charger got a short in it.

Its irritating that when it does keep unplugging and plugging itself in, the desktop refreshes so if I'm hovering over something, it resets itself. Highly annoying when I'm working between 10 folders and a bunch of other application that stack on top of each other.

I noticed only a couple of hours ago that the light on my laptop stays orange. Its about the same time that the charger completely died and no longer works. (I just ordered another one that should be coming next week). I thought that would solve all my problems but I noticed that the Orange light will not turn off, even with the computer off and the charger unplugged from it. What does the solid Amber Light actually mean in this case? Is it truly indicating that my battery is low? I was under the impression that once the battery died, so did the LED because isn't the LED getting power from the battery?

My laptop is completely dead, no way to charge it right now, but the battery indicator won't shut off. Am I going to need to invest in a new lapto... Read more

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pc cannot boot power is amber

Answer:optiplex 360 amber light on nut not booting

Your best bet is to replace your power supplySome HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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I don't know why the first desktop I've ever owned that broke down is a Dell, but it definitely upsets me seeing as how I spent over $2000 on my XPS 420, and less than $600 on any other computer I've ever owned (which I used for 4+ years on average).  I've had this computer for exactly 1.5 years.  It's had a couple of glitches, such as the HDMI cable not working if the computer gets shut off, computer turning itself on sporadically when it is in sleep mode, etc... but this morning it stopped functioning completely. What's worse about all of this, is the $2000 computer I paid for lacks customer support, I have to pay for it.  Of all the "cheapo" computers I've used in the past, I was ALWAYS able to call the manufacturer for free if there was any issue, regardless of how long I'd owned it.
I was awoken by the whirring of the main fan on my computer (another one of those times when the computer decides it's time to wake itself up without anyone's input), except this time the computer never finished it's turn on phase (you know, when the fan quiets down and the thing powers up), I just kept hearing the fan that sounded like a skipping record (sound of it went up and down very fast, over and over and over again, and never stopped).  I looked at it, and the power button was solid amber.  I tried shutting it down and restarting, and again, the same thing.  I went through Dell's lengthy online he... Read more

Answer:XPS 420 Won't Start, Solid Amber Light

Wow, this can not be a strange coincidence.  I also have an XPS 420.  I awoke this morning,7/4/09, to it in what appeared to be sleep mode.  Amber power button.  But it would not wake.  I have gone through every part as well and can not get it to post.
Just as above It will make a sound as if one of the fans is running, or trying to run.  A soft repedable skiping sound is heard.
And of corse I am now out of warenty.
:(

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