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Orange power switch light Dell Gx260

When i plugg in teh power supply the light on the power switch automatically turns orange and i cannot turn the computer itself on

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  • gibinator343 Dec 30, 2008

    thx kermit that worked out perfectly even thought it was a clarification request that fixed the problem. thanks again

  • kermit366769 May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a power supply - to solve this you would need to know what power supply is inside, to do this you would need to take the side / top off the pc, if you are ok to do this please let me know

  • sachin hatagale
    sachin hatagale Jul 07, 2014

    change smps ......if same problem occurs........then add jumper near 'PSWD'

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Gx260-Gx280 have a known issue with the motherboard capaciators. Take a look at the capaciators on the motherboard and check if any look like they have bludges at the top particularly around the memory banks. If any of them look like this the motherboard most likely needs to be replaced.

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