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Dell PC not starting: amber flashing power light

Question: Dell PC not starting: amber flashing power light

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

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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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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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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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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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A couple of weeks ago, my Dell E510 started shutting off randomly. After it would shut off, the front would start flashing a yellow light, but the computer could be turned back on by holding down the power button and pressing it again. About two weeks later, this solution stopped working, and the pc would always show a blinking amber light, regardless of any attempts to turn it back on .
After several days of researching the problem, I found out that it could be a power supply. I ordered the exact same PSU that was previously in my pc, and installed it. To my surprise, it worked! Sadly, after 20 minutes of use, it shut off and I am now unable to get it to turn on again.
I have cleaned the entire case, and there are no corroded or leaking pins or caps on the motherboard. I just recently replaced the CMOS battery, so I don't think that is the culprit. I have tried fiddling with the wattage switch on the back of the case, but that didn't seem to do anything for me. I also tried resetting the CMOS memory by using the 2-pin jumper plug. Nothing seems to be working.
Is this a motherboard problem, or something else?

Answer:Dell E510 Flashing Amber Light

Hi MITCHELLRILEY3 
Thanks for writing to us. 
That sounds more of a motherboard failure. 
You can try to remove memory modules and observe if the system beeps , then put back the modules one by one and look for any promising changes. 
if nothing works, please consider replacing motherboard. 
Regards

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I got a Dell desktop that won't power up. I've unplugged everything, plugged it back in, held down the power button...nothing. The amber light on the front just keeps flashing, even with the power cord unplugged from the computer.

Any ideas? Bad power supply?

Answer:Dell desktop amber light flashing

I'd say so. Do you have or know anyone that has a similar computer? That way, you can switch PSUs to see what the problem really is.

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Hello Techies, this is my first time on Tech Support Guys. So here goes.
I have a Dell Dimensions 3000 desktop about 7 years old that does not start.
Symptoms are as follows:
- Power light on front of tower flashing amber when turned on
- Light on motherboard is solid green
- Power supply fan does not run
- Diagnostic lights do not light up at all
- Checked USB ports for bent pins and are OK.
- Removed power supply unit and visually checked components. Appears OK.
I was going to replace battery on motherboard but I have not recorded System Info. Can I still do this?
All is pointing to faulty power supply.
All help appreciated.
 

Answer:Dell 3000 amber light flashing

Jump a known good power supply to the board and see if that solves your problem. 95% chance that it is a defective power supply. You really can't tell much about the condition of the power supply by examining the external portion.
 

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Hey, Reciever80 here.

My computer a while ago got the solid amber light, and I believe i blew dust out of my case and took out/put back in the power cord and it was all good after that. Then maybe a month later, I got the flashing amber light (which was maybe 3 weeks ago).

I've used my old power supply, my current one (around 500 watts), and my second optiplex's PSU (yes i have 2--one in my study and one in my bedroom).

I've replaced the RAM, the Processor, i've disconnected all the cords, PCI cards etc. and reconnected them and it still gives me the same error.

And also, i have to unplug and plug in the power cord in order to retry the boot, and each time i do, the fan on my graphics card flutters for a single flick, and then stops. The CPU fan and PSU fan do not move.

So i figure it's the motherboard. I've looked up on the internet what busted capacitors look like, and nowhere on my motherboard is one. They all (from what i can see...) look fine, and everything seems to be running normal, however that's not the case...

Any help? I'd like to know whats wrong before i end up buying a new motherboard...

Is there anychance the motherboard warped or something? If so how can i tell?

Thanks for any help in advance....

-Reciever80
 

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Hello to all the experts...I recently just logged off and shut down my computer. When I went to power it back on, I get a steady diagnostic 2,3,4 green flashing and solid amber power on/off light. Replaced power supply with refurbished, still the same problem. Then Dell support says to try and replace the input/output board so, ordered that one with refurbished with new cables, same issue. Some other things done were removing the CMOS battery and re-start, no luck, re-seated all memory, no luck, checked all connections, good...I am told it is possibly the motherboard but, just want see if anyone has any idea's before I order one of those...Thanks in advance for any support provided!!! 

Answer:Dell Precision T5500 flashing 2,3,4 and Amber light

Hi RT51007,
Here's your service manual: ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/Common/precision-t5500_setup%20guide_en-us.pdf
Those diagnostic lights indicate "USB subsystem configuration activity in progress or USB subsystem failure" according to your service manual. So a motherboard replacement may be necessary.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4700C that I recently inherited from my mother when she bought a new computer. Initially, she gave up on it (without consulting me) because her monitor was blank when she turned it on. I installed a new video card and voila, a working computer.

...for about 3 days. I go to boot it up today and I get the amber blinking light of death, or so it is called. I read a previous thread on here suggesting it was the power cord, so I tried a different cord of the same type. Same problem. I went to Dell's tech support online and followed the instructions there: turn off computer, remove and reseat components, turn on computer. Tried this twice to no avail.

The computer was purchased in 2005, so I doubt it would be worth my time taking it to a shop to have it fixed. Any ideas on what it could be (other than the power supply) that I could possibly fix/replace myself? Anything is appreciated. I was trying to get this up and running to turn into a gaming PC.

Thanks for your time!

~Nira
 

Answer:Amber Flashing Light on Dell Dimension 4700C

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

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Hi, this is my first post and I have never used any other forum so i hope I'm diong things the right way.

I have a Dell Optiplex Gx280 and it won't start, an amber light is flashing in the power button. I have read the manual and it states the following:

If the power light is blinking amber ?

The computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might 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.

I did both things but it still does'nt power up.

I opened the comptuer and the stand by power light is on, (the one in the system board). I don't know if this is ok.

What else can i do?

Thanks for your help.

Hector
 

Answer:Dell Optiplex GX280 won't start, amber light flashing

How long have you had this machine? Is it brand new? If so take it back. If it's not new, what is the last thing you did to your machine? Any modifications? You are not getting any signal. An amber light means it's running but it's not going to show up on the screen.
 

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Hi,


Here is my computer specs:
DELL Optiplex GX520
Desktop
Windows XP Professional

This is my first time here... here is the issue... my friend gave me his computer for me to fix it. I replaced the hdd, I also reinstall the OS (Windows XP recovery disk used). Everything was fine and I let it stand there for a couple of days... maybe a week. After that I decided to get everything ready by connecting the remaining devices and closing the chassis. The computer started to show the blinking amber light. I opened the chassis again, disconnected everything and connect them one by one without luck. I also reset the battery, and changed the jumpers to the opposite ones (I inserted the pin in one side and it showed a steady amber light, in the other jumper a blinking amber light. I also switched the power surge from on to off a couple of times. The usb ports seem okay (I also removed all of my usb devices including the mouse and keyboard). The power supply was tested and it works, I also bought another ssf power supply (from Ebay... it was the same power supply by the same manufacturer, same watts and just identical). It stay with the flashing light. I don't think is the motherboard since the mobo's light is and when I replaced it with a normal power supply it works perfectly. So I don't know what's wrong... I don't think the hardware is wrong since it work with one of my power supply's from my other computer. The problem is that there is not wa... Read more

Answer:My Dell Optiplex GX520 has the dreaded flashing amber light

i have the exact same problem, with the exact same pc, did you come to any soloution?
 

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Hi everyone - my Dell Studio XPS 9100 tower computer turns on and works fine except there's a flashing amber light. Today I moved it from one part of my office to another and now there's a flashing light on the power button. I've read it might've been a power supply or motherboard failure but my computer starts up and works with, seemingly, no problems. Any help is greatly appreciated.A.

Answer:Dell Studio XPS 9100 turns on but with flashing amber light

Hi mindofchester,
This is normally the power supply. So you're saying that it works sometimes and other times the system fails to start?

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Hi everyone,

I need your help/suggestion for next steps. I have a Dell Dimension E310 that have been working well for a long time, but started flashing amber light on power on w/ blank screen. Behavior is like this:1) Flashing amber power light on power up. No beeping sound.
2) All 4 diagnostic lights lit up, steady green
3) CPU fan runs
4) Blank dark screen, windows does not start
5) But here was the weird part... If we leave it on for 20-30 minutes (in flashing amber state), then plug the external backup storage drive to the front USB, then Windows starts.
6) This technique had been true for 2-3 weeks, but now I could not get the PC to start at all.

​I checked the USB slot and can not see any apparent damage. I have also replaced the 3V system battery. Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Dell Dimension E310 flashing amber light

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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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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 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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HiAfter doing nothing out of the ordinary on my Dell Dimension 5000 Desktop.. i went to startup and the power LED is flashing amber and the PC is not booting up. My tech support book says this means it is an internal power problem.Does this mean I should buy a new PSU and replace?I am a complete novice to laymans terms would help lol.Thanks in advance

Answer:Dell Power LED Flashing Amber

It could be one of several components;Switch off machine, disconnect anything you have plugged in that is not necessary (eg just leave mouse, keyboard and monitor plugged in), try the machine then.If successful then the PSU itself might be failing, if you can get into Windows check your hard-drive for issues; click here

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Hello, My Dell 2400 computer that I've had for 2 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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My Dell Optiplex 380 is flashing its amber light on the power button but no other activity is being observed. CD-ROM drive will not open, nothing is showing up on the monitor and there is very little internal fan sound. I have unplugged the system overnight and plan on checking to see if it just needed a "reset". We have had trouble with this before and now I believe its a crash. Do we need a new hard drive? What can I do to trouble shoot this problem?? 

Answer:Amber light flashing and no other activity/Optiplex 380

Here is something from the manual for blinking amber light.  
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.

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I've been using my new Lenovo laptop for 2 weeks now and today it just shut off (screen went black, everything stopped running) suddenly and the battery light was flashing amber. I didn't want to panic too quickly so I just plugged in the battery and waited a while before I tried turning my laptop back on. When I managed to turn it back on, it asked me to wait while it was updating. I quickly googled about the flashing amber light and found people experiencing battery problems. This laptop is still very new so I'm not sure if it would apply to me. Anyway, it's the first time a laptop/computer has suddenly shut off to apparently do updates... So I'm wondering if I should look further into this or brush it off since my laptop is now again up and running.. My laptop is currently still charging, but before it shut off, I didn't see any notifications about running out of batteries.

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Dell Vostro 1015, well out of warranty. Plug it in and get an immediate flash code on the battery light on the front of the laptop. Not even getting to POST. Alternating 1 blue and 4 amber quick flashes, followed by various blue flash patterns ( which I know makes no sense but I am failing to find a pattern ). Unable to find any useful docs, can anyone help?

Answer:Vostro 1015 flashing amber battery light

Hi Escatdell,
Thank you for reaching out to Dell Community Forum.
Can you check if you can boot into Dell diagnostics <F12> and capture any error codes or messages?
Also,weI would suggest you to drain the residual power from the laptop:
* Disconnect any external peripherals (flash drives, printers, external hard drives) from the computer.
* Remove the adapter and then the battery.
* Press and hold the power button for 10-15 seconds.
* After draining the residual power, try reseating the memory and see if the system is able to boot.
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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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 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 had this z61t for a year and a half and this is the second big problem i have with it. It had a board failiure withing 3 months of having purchased. 5 days ago i noticed the battery led, started quickly flashing amber, i unplugged the power cord and the laptop inmediately died. Dust it, cleaned the battery connectors, and the system continued the quick amber flash. We have two more of this at the office, so i borrowed another battery, that I'm certain works with same results, except that this time the amber flashing seems a bit slower. I installed the Lenovo Power Manaer, and I get an error detected message (big red x) on the battery. I don't think the problem is the battery, and the system is out of warranty now. I have been able to use the system with the power cord, but i'm constantly in the move and do need to get the system to sleep to transport it. What's the best way to corect this problem? Help much appreciated.

Answer:Z61t Battery flashing amber light - error detected - on two batteries

Ultrasi, Welcome to the forum!   I tend to believe the symptoms point to a defective battery.   Check out this page, it may help resolve your situation. Best regards, Mark

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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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Greetings all, Shaun here, new to the forum.
Thought I would post this, so someone somewhere may see it one day, and it may help them. Also, maybe someone here has an idea as to what may be causing this, as I don't believe i have fixed the underlying issue, just allowed myself to continue using my machine for the time being.
So, got up this morning, made my coffee, went to the desktop - Dell Dimension 9150. Hit the power button, NOTHING. Looked at the button, and it was flashing amber, probably once every 4-5 seconds.
Great. Opened it up, checked all connections. Unplugged, held power button for 20 seconds or so, until the green LED on the MB went off. Unplugged all peripherals, plugged back in, same deal.
Opened up spare, non working PC, that has a known good power supply (700 watt), threw that into the Dell. Sane deal. Started reading different forums. Decided to try jumping the green wire on the main power cable (24 pin), WHILE PC IS PLUGGED IN. I found, that as long as I would hold the jumper into the green / black wires, it would start the fans up, everything sounded like it was starting up. Problem is, I was nervous, as I didn't know if this was going to damage anything, so i didn't want to sit there and hold it for any longer than I needed to. Well, as soon as I took out the jumper, the PC would go right back to being OFF, indefinitely.
Original power supply back into the Dell.
Read somewhere, that someone was able to jumpstart their power supply, then plug... Read more

Answer:Woke up to No Power Up, Flashing Amber Power Button

Replaced the motherboard battery lately?

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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: 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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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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My Satellite A100 laptop fell off the sofa and now wont power up,

I get a flashing amber LED but nothing else.
This only happens with ac adaptor plugged in and not with battery.

What can I do to fix this and what should I be looking at?

Answer:Satellite A100 does not power up - flashing amber LED but nothing else

Hi

Try to remove the battery and disconnect the AC adaptor.
Wait some time (>2 hours) and then connect both parts again.
If the notebook will still not power up, even using a good AC adaptor and good battery, then the issue might be related to RAM or motherboard problem.

You should also try to remove one (or both modules if you have some spare parts) RAM module and should try to power up the notebook.

Good luck

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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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Ok, a lot of posts have been about the steady amber light but mine is different - I think. I "stripped" down all of the parts except for the PSU, MB, CPU and the drives. I got the beep errors - a lot of them. Lol. The lights were all on but the steady amber light turned green! What am I missing? Please help - I'm getting paid for this. =)
 

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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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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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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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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 a Dell XPS 13 9360 laptop. Purchased almost a year. This is already the third time the laptop won't boot up and gives me an LED error code. Last two times I was able to run a self test and it fixed itself. This time it won't even run the self test when I press the Fn and Power buttons. Reboot it with pressing F2, no luck seeing the BIOS screen. Please help.
From reading this forum, seems like alot of XPS 13 users are having problem with their laptop. Should Dell has a fix or recall for this issue?

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Hi,

could someone tell why the power supply indicator is flashing amber?

When this happens my laptop wont turn on.
Its has turned on the odd 1 or 2 times only that when the screen displays the deskstop it automatically switches itself off,

Answer:Satellite Pro A120: AC power supply LED is flashing amber

> could someone tell why the power supply indicator is flashing amber?
The LED flashes because an error and fault on the motherboard was detected!

The LED provides an error which can be read by an Toshiba ASP technicians.

Therefore I would recommend contacting the guys for the notebook check!

Good luck

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When I left home this morning, all was well with the world...my Dell XPS400 was running smoothly, no indication of any problems. Came home this evening to find the PC basically lifeless, with only a blinking amber power light. No fans running, nothing. All attempts to revive failed. Disconnected power cord, cycled down, reconnected power.....nothing but that blinking amber power light.

Does anyone know what would cause this? Power supply? something else?

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Dell XPS400 - blinking amber light

You may have had a power surge during the day that possibly damaged the XPS power supply. Did you try unplugging it from the wall and waiting 10 seconds or so. then plugging it back in? Is it connected through a surge protector? If so, try plugging the computer directly into the wall plug
 

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I have look at lots of pages and none of them tell you what is the cause of that I think dell and every one else have no idea what is wrong they just want to run around it thinking they might know but no one know and dell is sure not going to tell you they just want you to send or buy more stuff so if there is some one who really know what the problem is and how to fix it not tell you to do a half a dozen thing that have no use to this dell system please let us know Dell inspiron one 2305message edited by terryjoel

Answer:Significance of amber light on a Dell desktop?

It could indicate a faulty PSU. Have you looked in the manual for the correct answer?Instead of complaining in run-on, fragmented sentences that make little no no sense, how about telling us what steps you have taken to diagnose the problem so we don't waste your time or ours repeating what you have already done.message edited by THX 1138

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I'm a computer repair novice, so please be gentle with me.

I have an older Dell Dimension 8400 that won't power up. I came home a couple of days ago to find the power button blinking amber. When I push the power button nothing happens. If I press and hold it down, the blinking stops and the computer completely powers down. However, if I press the power button again, it just blinks amber and won't power up.

I have tried unplugging the computer and keeping it unplugged for several hours, both when the light is blinking and when the light is not blinking. Once I plug it back in and push the power button, the amber blinking starts again.

I read in a couple of forums that the problem could be the PSU, so I replaced the PSU with brand new one. This did nothing to solve the problem. When the light is blinking amber, there is solid green light on the motherboard.

Should I replace the motherboard or junk the computer and purchase a new one? Or is there another possible solution to my problem?

This problem happened once before a couple of weeks ago. After pressing the power button numerous times and tapping the keyboard in between, the computer did finally power up, and a message briefly appeared on the screen that read, preparing to hibernate, before it powered up. I did recently activate the hibernate options on the computer, and I realize now that I shouldn't have done so with a desktop.

Help!

Answer:Dell Desktop - Blinking Amber Light

Try running with bare essentials, PSU, Motherboard, GFX, one stick of RAM. Everything else, take off.

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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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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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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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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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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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Hey, recently my mums work gave her a pc. A Packard bell utow - c02. When everything is plugged and the computer is turned on, the power light flashes amber. Also a red light is illuminated over the top of the power button. Everything i can see is connected properly.After reading arround on the internet i've discovered that this could be the PSU.The processor that was in the pc was... Broken. Lol, so i replaced it with a random, working Pentium 4 CPU i had hanging arround in a top drawer. Hard drive is functioning properly and so is the CD/DVD drive. I'm completely unsure about the ram as i have no other machine to check it on. There is three spaces where wires could have came from but are no longer there, but i am not sure. If anyone can be of any assistance it would be very much appriciated! thankyou x

Answer:Packard bell wont boot FLASHING AMBER POWER LED

For memory check click hereIf you messed up your PSU wires Google some more or go to the local computer shop.Are you an insomniac too? :-)

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I have a Porterge R500 with Windows Vista from my work.

I was going on a trip so I got myself an extra battery.
Before taking the airplane everything worked fine. Both batteries worked and they were fully charged.

After I entered the airplane, out of the blue, the laptop didn't not start with neither of the two batteries (original both of them).

When I landed I connected it to the ac plug in, and it started. It says the battery is charging (70% and 80% respectively) but none of them seem to work because if I remove the plug in, the laptop shuts down.

When it is connected, the battery light does a sort of blinking (every now and then) but I don't understand what is the problem at all because the computer is working, I have two batteries going sort of dead at the same moment and even when they are charged according to the computer, they don't deliver the power.

Any hints?

Answer:Portege R500 does not run at battery power - indicator flashing amber

> After I entered the airplane, out of the blue, the laptop didn't not start with neither of the two batteries (original both of them).

Very strange that both batteries don?t work after you entered the airplane.
To be honest I?m not the expert on this area but maybe the radiation while checking the bags and personal items could affect the batteries.

However, fact is that notebook does not work using the batteries. I would recommend you to purchase another battery.

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The Dell in question will not boot up. The power light has a blinking amber light. I googled for information for troubleshooting lights on the power supply and it could be a power supply failure, bad motherboard, or bad hard drive. I turned it off, unplugged everything, then rebooted. Nothing. There are two lights by the ethernet port that are normally green and now one is red and the other is amber. I personally suspect it is the power supply because the fan does not come on.

The machine is a Dell Dimension 4700C, Intel Pentium 4, running Windows XP. Can anyone be more specific? The machine is no longer under warranty so we'd have to decide if getting the computer repaired is better than the purchase of a new one. Thank you!
 

Answer:Blinking amber light on Dell Demension 4700C

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hi......
we have already faced to an issue that a few months ago we want to start the dell 9020 PC we saw that the power button continuously flashing the amber orange light means (flash....flash..................flash) by duration. we tried the supply change main board maintenance etc. but in-van. now we create a solution that i m going to share with all world which are facing the same issue,
FIRST CONNECT THE POWER SUPLLY WITH THE PLUG AND PRESS AND HOLD THE POWER BUTTON FOR 7 TO 9 SECONDS THEN RELEASE THE KEY AND QUICKLY PRESS THE TWICE LIKE MOUSE DOUBLE CLICK BUT REMEMBER DURATION OF CLICK SHOULD BE 0.4 SECONDS NOW BE PATIENT FOR A WHILE IF NOT WORKED RETRY AFTER 15 SECONDS.
i m going to practically done in a video and you can find on youtube with a name of (dell optiplex 9020 amber light power problem)

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I have a big problem in my dell studio 1558
I spilled juice on it
I cleaned the keyboard then drying it. , switched on the computer it worked for one day then i decided to remove the keyboard and clean it again as the keyboard became sticky
After connecting the keyboard , the computer never turns on. It gives steady amber light
I removed the whole computer, no sticky things found in the motherboard ,, i dried the motherboard using air dryer No sticky things found, the motherboard looked like nothing wrong on it...
Cleaned everything but computer would not start.. I am afraid that my Motherboard might become faulty now, how can i check the motherboard ......
I really need your help
Regards

Answer:my Dell Laptop gives steady Amber light, never starts again

Those flexible ribbon cables are notoriously difficult to snap positively into their sockets. If the keyboard cable is not making good contact that may cause your problem.

Other than that, if any part of the motherboard was still wet, or had any residual film on it, when you started it up after the spill that could cause a short circuit that could have damage some component on the motherboard. Were you absolutely sure everything was clean and dry before applying power?

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Hello. After I accidentally unplugged my pc, I tried to turn it back on but only got a solid amber light on the power button, nothing comes on the screen and there are no beeps, the PSU light on the back is green so I don't know if it's a PSU problem. The fans run and I can open the CD tray. I already tried unplugging the cord and holding the power button without results. Thanks

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The fan has always been loud, but now the drive will not boot up at all. When connected to the monitor, it's either black or has no signal. I have the cpu open and know a little, but there are some cables not connected, P8, P4 and one other. I am no expert with stuff like this but would love to keep this little computer going for my kids. Thanks for your help!

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Last week a lightning storm parked itself over my house. About two steps away from reaching the surge protector to turn it off, there was a loud pop and all the clocks/appliances in the house started the "I've lost power" blink. After the storm left, I tried to boot up the computer, which just held a steady amber light from the on button and the fan came on. The Dell information I found all indicated that this was probably a bad power supply. I have now replaced the power supply on the e 521 and it still has the steady amber light and will not boot.
Any suggestions, or should I assume that all hope is lost?
 

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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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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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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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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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Hello everyone,  I am facing this problem from the past few days in my Lenovo G510. Whenever I plug in the charger for charging the laptop, both the power light and the battery light with orange color, starts flashing and the laptop stops charging.  The color of the battery light changes to orange, even if my laptop is nearly 50% charged.Can't figure out, what is the problem? Any help will be appreciated!

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I just recently took a fan out of a working GX280 and put it into a GX280 that needed it. When I went back to put the fan in it the working machine, plugged everything in. The power button was glowing in an amber color. There is also an amber light on the motherboard. I had grounded myself ahead of time so I don't think I fried anything. Could it be a wire?Any help ahead of time is greatly appreciated. Also if the motherboards are the same can I swap hard drives?
 

Answer:Dell GX280 amber light and hard drive swap

Unless you created a surge of static electricity, then you should not have hurt anything. But you Likely have connected the wires backwards... Does the fan have a four wire or three wire plug and socket?
 

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Hi, my dell XPS 13 battery light is flashing 4 amber 1 white continuously. When I start up windows, i cannot charge the battery. Do you have any clue why this happened?

Answer:Dell XPS 13 (9350) battery light 4 Amber 1 White | Cannot Charge

Hi andyex777,
Thank you for writing to the Dell Community Forum.
Please run the diagnostics on the system (To initiate, power on the system while holding down the Fn key), let us know how it goes. Check the battery status in the BIOS, also check if the ac adapter is detected. Can you please check the blinking pattern again and update us. Test this ac adapter on another system and a good known one on this system, try these steps and keep us posted.
Kindly get back if there are any further queries.
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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I cannot turn on my Dell XPS One Desktop. The on off switch doesn't work. There is a solid red, or amber light on the back panel just below the plug, when it is plugged in? Can you explain what the solid red or amber light indicates please? Thank you.

Answer:Dell Desktop XPS One solid amber light on back panel

First suspect would be the power supply - about $50 to replace.  If that doesn't solve the issue, it's the mainboard - which is more like $400+ to replace.
www.parts-people.com/index.php

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My buddys Dell Dimension 4700 Desktop amber light blinks continuously and Fan not working when power is turned on. I suspect that the problem is with the PSU and/or mother board so I replaced it with a working standard ATX PSU. Ah! to my surprise this working ATX PSU Fan did not work also but only the amber light blinks. to confirm my suspect, I took out memory module and unplugged CD ROM and Diskette. I tested them one by one and there was no sign of them working, the screen stays point blank. I am now sure of my suspicious that PSU and Motherboard are fried. The machine has been with my buddy for more than two years. Before i dumped it, please Is there any more advice or something else i did not do?

thanks in advance
 

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Hello, (she says through gritted teeth)

My son spilt a glass of coke around my pc tonight, as I was cleaning the keyboard I assume I hit the power off button as it shut itself down. I decided this probably wasnt such a terrible thing so I could continue to clean the keyboard and the rest of the mess. I then powered it up and the fan ran furiously (louder than normal) with a solid amber light from the power button and monitor power button. I turned it all of at the power point then turned it all back on, same again. So I decided to remove it open it up and check for moisture inside. There was no moisture in and around the mother board or anywhere else that I could see other than some coming out of the plastic case area which I cleaned (also vacuumed it out to remove dust), but the metal case / base and all insides looked fine. After a while I plugged it back in but same again, fan going flat out and just amber lights. Oh yes and I tried the mouse from it on another computer and it won't work either!

Which part is cactus?

Can I retrieve any of the information / files from the hard drive? I have an Acer and a HP Compact, am I able to put the hard drive into either of these to get my files?

I had files I hadn't backed up on there ( I know it's a sin)

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Ok my husband the computer illiterate came up with the solution! I can't believe it, but I suppose it's common sense, he said maybe the keyboard was... Read more

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