Question about Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop
Dell inspiron 531s when turn on pc power light stays amber fans run but the pc dont boot up
If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical
power, a device might be malfunctioning or incorrectly installed.
- Remove and then reinstall the memory modules (see "Memory" on
- Remove and then reinstall any cards (see "Cards" on page 116).
- Remove and then reinstall the graphics card, if applicable (see "Cards"
on page 116).
• If the power light is steady amber, there may be a power problem or an
internal device malfunction.
- Ensure that all power cables are securely connected to the system
board (see "System Board Components" on page 107).
- Ensure that the main power cable and front panel cable are securely
connected to the system board (see "System Board Components"
Copy and paste this link to your internet browser for your computer's manual.
You can also go to support.dell.com
Posted on Jan 08, 2013
Replace power supply! amber led = bad power supply I'm DELL certified
Posted on Jan 25, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: black screen on start up
unplug the system
open the case
look for a battery and take it out
take out the memory (rams)
wait ten minutes
press power button 5 times
put everything back in
and boot it
Posted on Jan 12, 2008
Check motherboard for bad capacitors. I had the same problem and when i had bad capacitors replaced everything is ok.
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
I'll save you 3 hours on the phone with DELL. Same problem.
If you are OK with this, turn power off, discharge system by pressing on button for 5 seconds. Identify the slot for the phone jack/modem. Remove it. Plug in and turn on. If that is the problem, turn off and insert the card in the adjacent slot. They asked that I replace the motherboard, so if you're under warranty, call them.
Posted on Dec 10, 2009
Hey! Nice Computer! ( At least while it was working! Specifications show some high-end hardware parts)
Steady amber light on the Power On light, means a bad power supply.
The Dell XPS 420 uses the standard ATX style of power supply found in 90% of computers out there.
(Personal computers. Not the Cray Supercomputers!)
This is Dell Support, and the User Manual - Removing and Replacing Parts - part of the manual,
1) Computer unplugged from power, computer case open. TOUCH the metal frame BEFORE you reach inside.
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static will fry out computer hardware components.
You won't see it, or feel it.
Computer unplugged from power, you are safe.
Touch the metal frame Before reaching inside, your computer is safe.
Should you get up for any reason, walk away, then return, Touch the metal frame again)
You either have a 375 Watt, or a 425 Watt power supply.
I would recommend a power supply with more Wattage, and more Amp's on the 12 Volt power rail.
The Dell XPS 420 comes with an Intel Core2 Duo processor, or an Intel Core2 Extreme processor.
These puppy's can use a lot of power when gamin', or other intense programs are being used.
The Nvidia GeForce 8800 Series of graphics cards offered, use a lot of power when maxed out.
The motherboard with the Intel X38 motherboard chipset, uses a lot of power.
I would recommend a 600 watt power supply for a replacement.
My recommendation would be an OCZ StealthXStream 600W
1) If the temperature of this PSU is kept under 118 degrees Fahrenheit, the PSU can put out 728.8 Watts reliably. (47.9 degrees Celsuis)
2) It has Four - 12 Volt power rails.
EACH power rail can handle 18 Amps.
That's a total of 72 Amps!
3) It has all the power cables you'll need.
A) 20 + 4-pin ATX motherboard power cable
B) 8-pin 12 Volt power cable (8-pin EPS)
C) 4-pin ATX power cable
D) SATA power cables [ 3 ]
E) Peripheral power cables, (4-pin Molex) [ 6 ]
F) 6-pin PCI power cables. [ 2 ]
Not advertising for the above website, nor the PSU manufacturer. Recommendation supported by personal preference, and experience.
Information about the various PC power cables and connectors,
Posted on Jan 04, 2010
Please try the following
1) Remove ALL wires from thw back of the PC
2) Press and hold the power button on for approx 15 seconds
3) Replug only the mains power wire and the monitor cable and then retest
Please advise of outcome
I hope this has been useful
Posted on Mar 05, 2010
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