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Windows 7: Dell desktop amber light flashing

04 Jul 2011   #1
lmw2184

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Dell desktop amber light flashing

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?


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04 Jul 2011   #2
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

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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04 Jul 2011   #3
ibshaw

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Did the last poster actually read the original post - the guy's got a DESKTOP so it will be an internal power supply.... DOH....
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04 Jul 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Probably a power supply gone to heaven, but check your motherboard as it may have leaky, puffed-up capacitors.

Checking your RAM sticks are seated properly won't hurt nor will checking for a build up of dust inside your case.
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04 Jul 2011   #5
lmw2184

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Well this is a family members computer. I havent messed with it much I just noticed the other day when I was over she said she noticed the light blinking. She uses her laptop most and hardly uses the desktop, but it's still only like 4 years old. I'll pull the case off and see if there's any obvious signs. If not, she may have to take it somewhere.

Thx
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04 Jul 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

No problem. Keep us posted as it always helps others if and when a solution is found.
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04 Jul 2011   #7
Ivan the SoSo

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

A bent usb pin can cause the problem....might try cycling any surge/power strip switch off for about five minutes....check the voltage switch on the rear of the PSU
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05 Jul 2011   #8
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibshaw View Post
Did the last poster actually read the original post - the guy's got a DESKTOP so it will be an internal power supply.... DOH....
Sorry, I'm not sure how exactly I mixed it up, but I did. I've changed it though.
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31 Aug 2011   #9
glockshna

7 ult x64
 
 

Has any progress been made on that issue? Also, out of curiosity, what's the model number on that dell? A dell Optiplex 380 (I think it was) had that exact issue in my office a few days ago. From the look of the issue I don't think it's a problem with the PSU, although I don't have an alternative explanation.
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31 Aug 2011   #10
lmw2184

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by glockshna View Post
Has any progress been made on that issue? Also, out of curiosity, what's the model number on that dell? A dell Optiplex 380 (I think it was) had that exact issue in my office a few days ago. From the look of the issue I don't think it's a problem with the PSU, although I don't have an alternative explanation.
Bad power supply. Model number was Dimension 4700C.
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