Question about Acer Aspire 5315 Notebook
Unplug and take battery out. open up the memory cover in the bottom of
the laptop, take both memory modules out from the laptop, now with no
memory plug in the power adapter and try starting up, wait 1 minute and
turn the laptop off, now place one of the memory modules back into the
laptop and try starting up again, remember to unplug the power when
your connecting or disconnecting parts from the laptop.
Does the laptop start up? If not, then take the ram module out from the laptop again, this time place it on the other memory slot and try again. If it still doesn't start up repeat the above with the other memory module if you have two.
if theres no improvement take the laptop apart, just disconnect all extra not required components of the laptop, modem, wireless, dvd, etc.
see if it boots up with just motherboard, cpu, cpuheatsink, other heatsinks, and one memory ram module, on power adapter.
if it doesn't start up, reseat the cpu.
if theres no improvement, I would buy a card like this
should come with a good manual of the code meanings, the service manual for the laptop may contain better list, but generally those dell service manuals that they have online don't.
if it turns out to be a motherboard problem, not cpu or memory related the replacement part should have somekind of warranty from the company you purchased it from.
Posted on Jul 18, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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For the Optiplex 320, a flashing amber light with no sound indication can mean 3 things.
1) Your power supply has failed
2) Your motherboard failed, most likely from a bad capacitor.
3) The front panel board (where the power button is located) is faulty or not connected properly.
I've worked with 10's of 1000's of Dell Optiplex's over the past 8 years and the flashing amber light is well known as a tell-tail sign of one of those three failure. Always start your trouble shoot with a PSU tester, then inspect the motherboard for domed or split/leaking capacitors...then on to the front panel which would require another panel and ribbon from the same model.
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