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When powered up the amber light stays lite, fan runs but will not start up.

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Go component by component to find the issue. Bring it down to nothing but the MOBO, removed the battery to reset the CMOS, listen for BIOS beep for no-memory. Added the RAM, see if that checks out and continue until it won't boot and you will know what component is bad.

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Try changing your ram and that'll solve the problem

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