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Montior wont turn on

I have a optiplex gx280 with a gateway monitor
i just got this computer off of ebay and went i turn it on the monitor stay black didnt see anything come up on it at all i have the key bord and mouse hook up i can hear the fan running on the computer on the monitor all i see is monitor self test , your monitor is work correctly , check computer power and monitor cable i dont know if the hard drive is working or not the fan is so load to hear anything

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  • David Harner Mar 01, 2009

    power led is Solid AMber
    Diagnostic LEDs on the back of the tower no light at all


  • IQUIT May 11, 2010

    What does the POWER LED on the tower indicate? Is it Solid AMber? FLashing Amber? Are the Diagnostic LEDs on the back of the tower on? (ABCD ether Green Amber or off)

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Solid Amber Power LED is indicative of a Motherboard failure. Replace the motherboard.

The GX280 is one of many motherboards made during that time period that may have had capacitors that could fail due to a manufacturing defect if the capacitor. Check the capacitors on the motherboard to see if the tops are popped (there is a X engraved across the top of each capacitor, it the X is open, then the capacitor is bad.)

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