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Sold amber light/fan running

When I turn the computer on, the light on the front of the unit is solid amber and the fan is running like crazy. I have tried the fixes such as the unplugging of power supplies and cards, listed on Dell to no avail. Does anyone have any other suggestions? The unit is only 2 years old. I'm thinking it is the mobo but wanted to check with some of the experts before incurring the expense. Thanks.

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  • peppec_2001 Nov 02, 2008


    Thanks for the reply. The system is a Dell XPS 410/9200. It does not make any beeping sounds. It doesn't get to the boot up screen. When I turn it on the fan is going full tilt and the light is solid amber.

  • wjcalvelage Mar 19, 2009

    Solid amber light on Dell 410 XPS. Fan kicks on and runs on high. RAM modules extremely hot to touch. Started melting sticker on module. S/D system. RAM is probably fried. Tried pulling all system components and computer does same thing. Ordered new mother board off ebay. Hope this works. Any suggestions?


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Hi, Does the system makes any beeping sound? Does it go to the boot up stage, which can be seen on the screen. Provide the model number with your reply. Thanks, Mike

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  • Mike H. Nov 02, 2008

    Hi There,

    It sounds like the problem is coming from the power supply or like you mentioned the MB.

    Check the power supply connection to the MB.

    You should have two power supply connection to the board.

    One is for the board and the other is for the CPU.

    Check the CPU power suppy connection to make sure it is connected properly.

    Let me know the outcome.




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