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SOLID AMBER LIGHT ON DIMENSION 3000

Everytime i turn on my pc the light is solid with no green, but when i remove the cd drive the lights are solid green and amber, my comp will not boot at all, everything else seems to run, but my comp screen is blank please help

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One of two things:

Either the power supply is marginal

or

the motherboard is bad.

Good luck.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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