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Solid amber light, fan runs, but nothing appears on the monitor.

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It could be and issue with the system board to confirm that try to run a HDD test once using an alternate video source to check id display coes on alt monitor...are u able to enter the BIOS check once.

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The power light on the start switch stays amber on my Dell Dimension C521 and the fan continues to run but no boot up.


Bad boot attempt. Try to reboot from cold for 2 minutes. If it still won't boot up the mother board is dead.

Aug 11, 2013 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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C521, get the orange light, fan turns on and it's just steadily orange light


A steady or Amber blinking power button indicates a low voltage problem. This can be caused by a defective power supply or a defective motherboard. Just to make sure that nothing else is causing the problem, remove any PCI cards like modem, video card, sound card, etc... Remove the memory modules and disconnect cables to CD/DVD drives. Look at the USB ports to see if any are damaged.

Oct 27, 2012 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Dell c521 motherboard diagrams problems


Per Dell's support site: If the power light is a solid amber, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.

Turn off the computer and unplug from power:

I would remove and unplug everything except the memory and video card. Then plug the computer back in.
If it posts (dell screen and then a hard drive warning), turn off the computer and start reinstalling each component one at a time and turn on between each install. Hopefully one compenent will fail and you will know what is bad and needs replacing.
If the computer still had the amber light, remove one of the memory modules (hoping you have 2) and try again. If it still fail exchange the modules. If this works you have a bad memory chip, reinstall the rest the componets to double check and power on. Replace the bad chip.
If the computer still fails on both modules, remove both, you should now get a memory beep code, if not then the video card is most likely bad and will need to be replace.

Hope this helps

Jan 31, 2012 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Hi - our dell dimension c521 is stuck in power save mode. The light on the monitor is solid orange and will not respond to the keyboard or mouse


A solid amber light indicates a pre-POST failure has occurred. The system has received a Power Good signal from the power supply so it's not a power supply issue. HERE is the documentation that tells what the lights mean and possible solutions.

Aug 26, 2010 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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It will not start even after I replaced the power


Before anything else, open your case and make sure all power and data cables going to motherboard, disk drives, etc are firmly seated, and remove and re-install memory sticks in the same locations. Sometimes temperature changes inside the PC can cause these connections to loosen. If that doesn't fix it, do you hear the noise of the cooling fans coming on? If you do, check your monitor for a green light. If you get a green light on the monitor and fans are powered up and running and you get nothing else it could be a hard drive issue. Try booting from CD in that case. If fans come on briefly and then shut off, or fans stay on and you have no green monitor light, this could indicate an issue with your processor or motherboard.

Jun 04, 2010 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Solid amber light with fan running, so i assume the power good signal is being received, no diagnostic lights and no POST. I've disconnected and substituted all the drives with known good parts, bought new...


Please let me know if the numlock light responds by pushing the numlock key on the keyboard. If you are using a videocard, please disconnect it and connect the video cable to the integrated video. Make sure you disconnect all the expansion cards. Please let me know if this doesn't work.

May 20, 2010 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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My dell dimension c 521 has an amber light and fan running, and nothing else ?


Try Cleaning the RAM Like this image,6a95110.jpg
but first turn off the computer. than install it again to the DIMM slot, and turn on the computer. boot-up should be successful. Otherwise, replace the RAM, Hope this helps.

Sep 26, 2009 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Motherboard change


jethro..
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimC521/en/SM_EN/tshoot.htm#wp1064555
check on system lights... what are the diagnostic lights telling you??
if the 4 lights are off you may have a problem with the led itself or the powersupply is just messing with your head.

Dec 02, 2008 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Amber Light and fan running


1st thing, disconnect everything but keyboard mouse and monitor, see if anything changes.

If the issue persists, ensure that all power and card connections for the motherboard are tight and secure. If you've added RAM or other parts, remove them. Reseat the RAM in the motherboard that came from Dell.

If none of those ideas have any effect on the issue, replace the motherboard.

Jul 01, 2008 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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