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Computer wont boot have steady amber light on the start push button nothing on monitor

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The Power Supply takes AC current and converts it to various DC voltages. If the power supply fails to deliver consistent and precise voltage to the components of the PC, the system can become unstable or can be damaged. You can confirm power supply issue by listening to the power supply cooling fan. it should run when you push the power button. if it is not, this will confirm a power supply issue and, it should be replaced. Ok, if the power supply fan is running and, the Unit fails to present a visible picture on the screen, the can be a video issue as well. You will need to confirm that the monitor has power. Also, check the connections to the video card(A/V,DVI cables). If everything is well there, move on to the video card itself. Unplug the PC and make sure the graphics card is securely and properly installed into it's slot. Check that no pins are bent or missing from the connector.

Ok, if all the above check out ok and, the monitor has power, this will confirm a major issue concerning the Mother board. have it replaced asap, if possible. it has failed.

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Check you power cable and extension socket for steady power supply. if it is ok, consider plugging it into another outlet. if that fails, check your memory card. if you have more than one card installed, consider taking one out and restarting with one. if it fails, swap it with othe on and the othe out. if it fdails, take out the C-MOS battery from the motherboard and replace it after 2 or more minutes. restart the system.

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