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Amber light instead of green light

I am getting an amber light instead of green light on two identically configured Gateway 500C CTO Desktops. The Power supply is a "160W Pwr Sply - P/N 6500582" and I am running Windows XP Pro, SP2. I have exchanged the cords between each other and still same response. Every once in a while, when I plug one in and it works fine. I originally thought it was the video card but I was able to update it and all the drivers, to no avail. I don’t want to purchase every new component as yet. How can I test weather or not I need which new component?

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160w is a very marginal power supply. Have you added any hardware recently? Anything you add draws more power. You can test the memory. Take one stick at a time out and see if there is any change. Better yet try some different memory. You might disconnect everything that is not essential for the computer to operate (CDROM, Floppy drive, sound card, network card etc. Try to boot with just the hard drive,memory, graphics card and motherboard plugged in. That is the minimum to run the unit. Your new graphics card is probably drawing more wattage also. If this 160w supply has not quit yet, it will, probably sooner than later so get a new one.

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