Dell Dimension 4600 Won't Boot Up, Steady Amber Light is on tower
I have a Dell Dimension 4600 that was working perfectly fine with no problems as of late. I recently moved to a new apartment and had to pack up my Dell and move it to my new place.
When i plugged everything back in and pressed the power button it sounds like it is starting up but then it goes into what seems like standby or sleep mode. A steady amber light comes on the front of the tower along with an amber light on the monitor (screen is black). The fan is running slowly and all of the diagnostic lights on the back of the tower are off. There are no lights on the keyboard as well. When i press the a button on the monitor it says that the computer is in "power save mode".
I've checked all the chords to make sure they are plugged in correctly, i've held down the power button while everything was unplugged, i've reseated the memory cards, and still nothing. I talked to Dell and they think i need a new Motherboard which the one they have for me would be $195.
I was wondering if anybody else has had this problem or knew what the problem could be? I really dont want to spend $195 on a five year old computer. Is it the motherboard? or power supply? And also, if i do have to get a new motherboard, is there anyway i can save all my files from my 2 hard drives?
Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
It could very well be the Mobo or the power supply. You may want to try
to take the CMOS battery out for a few mins as well, I have had
problems with that. But I would try PS first, get one from Circuit city
or another electronics store and if it doesnt fix it take it back. I dont know if you know a lot about computers but you could buy a new Mobo just make sure the Ram and Processor match up
I have seen with some of the small form factor dell's that there can be a motherboard problem; my expirence with the regular towers and the steady amber light have been power supplies. I have a dimension 9100 that is three years old now and I am on my fourth power supply. I am not sure that you would have one laying around, but in my past expirence its been teh power supply. On the ones that I have seen where it was the motherboard you could clearly see on the chipset where it was damaged from heat (it was burnt).
Hope that helps
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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
Blinking amber (orange) indicates a problem with the power supply inside the
computer. If the system cannot boot and there is a solid amber light,
this could indicate a problem with the power connections for the CPU on
the system board (see "Power Problems" in your Owner's Manual).
Power led on the front of the tower, it should be solid green when on. Flashing Amber is generally an indication of a bad power supply inside the tower
Power LED Solid AMBER indicates system is not finishing the power on self test (POST) and you remove all connections from the tower except power and try turning on again. If no change, remove all PCI and PCI-E cards from system, try again, no change replace motherboard.
On the back of the tower are 4 diagnostic LEDs near the ps2 ports marked ABCD, after the POST, during a normal boot the will flash in several sequences and with boot is finished all 4 should be green. If they stop an a different pattern, then that indicates a failure Yellow Yellow Green Green indicate bad RAM for example
If the LEDs on front and back are Green then the system appears to be booting but the monitor display is not functional
I used the
reset button on my last one whenever ctrl/alt/del failed to soft boot
Here is what Dell Chat tells me to do if ctrl/alt/del doesn't work:
Turn off the system from the power button. Remove the plug to the
power supply from the back off the system tower.Then hold the power
button on the tower down for 10 secs ( with the power cord removed).
Reconnect the power cord and then restart the system.This time do a
Blinking Amber/yellow: Initial state of LED at power up. Indicates system has power, but the POWER_GOOD signal is not yet active. If the hard drive LED is off, it is probable that the power supply needs to be replaced. If the hard drive LED is on, it is probable that an onboard regulator or VRM has failed.