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When the computer is plugged in it doesnt work. The datech fan doesnt work. The front of the computer displays an orange light instead of green. If I replace the fan will this correct the problem

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    Albert Benjamin May 11, 2010

    Is this a brand new computer or have you had it for awhile ? Also ,are you making contact with carpet a lot when you use it ? Is your computer plugged into a surge supressor ? Have you had a "brownout" ,"blackout" or thunderstorm in your area around the time the computer stopped working ? Sounds like a faulty power supply and / or motherboard.

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Replacing the fan as far as I know should not cause a light change but instead the computer would get hot shutdown every time he got too warm the orange light usually signifies a hardware problem. If you have opened your computer before you might have accidentally disconnected the hard drive or one of the cables from the motherboard. If the hard drive is disconnected that usually will get an orange light or if a ram chip is missing or not in all the way does a computer beep when you turn it on

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