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Amber light on power button of Dell Dimension 4500

Hello. Tried to turn on my computer and the power button turns a solid amber color. Opened the computer up and there is a solid green light on the motherboard. Its not making any sounds. Please help.

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  • killa4keepz1 Dec 19, 2008

    i had this amber light problem too. i called dell and the technician said to refeed the ram and try to turn it on, which didnt work. since that didnt work he said that it would be the motherboard. i took the tower to a friend who knows a lil more than me, and he ordered another motherboard that was compatible of coarse. when he got the motherboard, he installed it and when he tried to boot up it would run halfway and stop. so far he cant complete the boot up. hes tried to test different parts to working computers. but cant get a solution to the problem. it may be the processor but hes afraid to test it and fry it. the motherboard has proprietary connections so you just cant take the motherboard and connect it to other pieces and throw it into another case. he tried to put it into another dell 4500s case and still no luck.......what could this be???? so far it looks as if it would be better to buy another working tower for 250 bucks and it be an upgrade compared to the 4500s. any info would be nice

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Ok - the amber light of doom on a dell means one of two things - either your power supply is pooched - or your motherboard, If under warranty dell will send out a friendly tech to replace them - if not it will cost you a bit. get the price and consider if it worth upgrading instead. Contact your dell rep or dell tech support and see what they say

cheers Pete

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