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Flashing Amber Light of Death DELL E510 -fixed-

I just got a Dell E510, blinking amber light of death, new PSU, check HDD, Memory, Processor, reseating every connector. Nothing.

Then, when I was starting to take it apart (to use the DVD drives on a new system) I notice that on one of the front USB ports had all four pins
twisted inside, it looked like if someone had twisted a memory stick inside the
port, cuz they were all twisted and touching eachother and touching the inner metal jacket of the port. As you may know, the on/off switch runs to
the motherboard with all the usb ports , earphones and mic jacks on a ribbon cable. So, when I disconnected the ribbon cable, I did not get the blinking amber ligth of death, istead I got the regular green light and the fans spinned for a sec. Since the power switch is not connected I could not turn the machine on. Then, I just tried to untwist the pins inside the port, making sure that they were not making contact with the inner metal part, and connected the ribbon cable to the motherboard, and what'd you know , the thing just turned on just like that!!!!
Every thing works now (with the exception of that USB port).

So there you have it, this is the least thing I could have checked.

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USB port on front broke and pin was shorting to ground against the side of the USB slot. I straightened the pin to stop the short and the problem is solved.

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I had the same blinking amber light problem as neohass and did exactly as suggested. I bend the crooked pins in my USB straight again so they wouldn't touch the metal sides and bam! It worked! Thanks for saving me the trouble of ordering a part.

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You might have what they call a short back meaning the usb connector that was twisted inside those power 5v and ground could have cause a short thus giving you this death of the computer lights. I would R/O "rule out that this problem with the usb was not the cause of the death.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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