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Computer won't power on(my daughter's)

On button flashing amber...tryed detaching from surge protector and plugging into the wall...changing outlets all together...still will not come on...have a msi tv-anywhere tv card that has not been working right, but has not been removed as yet...was working fine this morning..went to the store and turned it on and nothing...no storms in the area or anything...surge protector still works when i plugged in a lamp...voltage selecter on back still unchanged...can't figure it out...please help...

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Greetings,
I am a former Dell resolution team specialist and manager so I am very well traind in these issues.
The solution to your issue depends on if your hard Drive light is flashing when the amber light is flashing.

The Initial state of LED at power up should flash amber for a moment this indicates that the 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. You will need to contact Dell for the replacement part or have a technician sent to your location.

If the hard drive LED is on, it is probable that an onboard regulator or VRM has failed. Look at the diagnostic LEDs for further information.
If there are any numbers displayed on the diagnostic leds on the machine

Here is the link to Dells troubleshooting tree that may also help identify a few other issues.

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/dsn/en/tree?c=us&l=en&s=gen&journalid=&treeid=011360B8243248349C306481A954B356&Query=&SystemID=&ServiceTag=&contenttype=&os=&component=&lang=&doclang=&toggle=&dl=

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Your fuse probably turned off on you since you were using too much power. go outside your house and there should be a fuse box and flip the switch to the room where your computer is located

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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How old is your computer? Did you recently have a power outage or anything? Most the time if a computer won't turn on, something in it went bad OR an outlet is bad. Try this:

1. Make sure that the power switch is on, the switch in the back (on the power supply itself) is turned on, and everything along those lines is functioning.
2. If that doesn't work, and it will not power on AT ALL, make sure the cords are plugged firmly in place, including the surge protector and/or the power cord itself.
3. Try resetting the surge suppressor and/or plug the computer into a different outlet in the surge suppressor. Try other items in that surge suppressor (or even in the wall outlet, if that's what you're plugged into) to make sure that the outlet itself is working.
4. If your computer is plugged directly into a working wall or surge suppressor outlet, try a different power cord.
5. If your surge suppressor works, your wall outlet has power to it, and you are using a known-good power cord in the computer, you will have to go into more in-depth investigation as something inside the computer likely went bad. It could be the video card, motherboard, CPU fan, power button, or the power supply itself. Start by testing the video card and the power supply by (one at a time) swapping out a known-good component for the one you suspect may be bad. If it won't turn on after that, try swapping out the next and try it again. If it still will not work, it could be something more serious such as the motherboard or power button.

Good luck!

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