My computer died and the Blue light is on the Mother Board, and there is an amber light that flickers rapidly by the front part where the switch is located.
Is there a way I can check the power supply to see if it is the culprit? if it is OK, I will check the motherboard. The system is 3 years old.Pentium3.
Thanks for your help.
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If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical power, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed. - Remove and then reinstall the memory modules (see "Memory" on page 112). - Remove and then reinstall any cards (see "Cards" on page 116). - Remove and then reinstall the graphics card, if applicable (see "Cards" on page 116). • If the power light is steady amber, there may be a power problem or an internal device malfunction. - Ensure that all power cables are securely connected to the system board (see "System Board Components" on page 107). - Ensure that the main power cable and front panel cable are securely connected to the system board (see "System Board Components" Copy and paste this link to your internet browser for your computer's manual. ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_inspiron_desktop/inspiron-531s_owner%27s%20manual_en-us.pdf You can also go to support.dell.com
First, try and take out the battery and start the computer with just the power adapter. If the power adapter is still blinking, replace the power adapter. If the computer turns on with just the power adapter, replace the battery.
If the battery status light rapidly flashes amber, the battery may be defective. Purchase a replacement battery from Dell.
If the power supply status light flashes, the power supply may be defective. Purchase a replacement power supply.
If the power light is steady amber - The computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist. Ensure that the microprocessor power cable is securely connected to the system board. it might also be a failed mainboard already since you are experiencing a blackout.
If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist.
Try, unplugging the power cable from the pc, and reinsert it, if this does not help try a differnt power outlet, if this dont help, open the computer, take the power Molex conector out of the mother board and try turning it on, if this dont help, take out the Memory modules and reseat them, if this dont work you may want to ring up dell support.
Can you see a green light on located on the mother board ? I had the same problem with mine right after the warrranty was off, The mother board failed, But you should make sure thats it first by making sure everything Inside of the computer is tight and secure.Unplug and make sure there is no power on and unplugged,Before you touch anything inside your computer discharge any static electricity by touching the metal on the inside of the tower. The Memory modules Make sure that they are pushed in securely in there slots and video card is Pushed in and tight, and any other extras you may have plugged into it, After you do all that put everything back and try to reboot see if that get you up and going. If not let me know I can Help You fix it or repair it myself if you would like, just leave message here or email me. email@example.com Happy Holidays
The power light is tied to the Mother Board and therefore it could be an issue with just about anything on the PC. Here is the trouble shooting documentation and the link should bring you directly to what the various conditions of the power LED mean.
There is also a detailed listing for the HD light as well as some diagnostic lights (if your paticular variation is equiped)