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Hi... When I push the power button on my HP Desktop, just the amber light in the button comes on....nothing else. No noises (hard drive spinning-up, fan, etc)...nothing.

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The amber light is signifying an error. Most common are the power supply, video card, or RAM. Worst case is motherboard has went bad. Try reseating the RAM without installing the video card, if it boots then it's the video card. Replace the bad part & you should be up & running again. Hope this helps & please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.

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