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Just come back from a 2 week holiday and my dell dimension 5100 was off but i usually have it on 24/7. having returned from holiday , when i press the power button nothing happens but the yellow l.e.d light on the motherboard is on ... can anyone tell me my problem?

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This model has had a very high failure rate. The amber led on front is on to show an error. This can be 1 of 3 things. 1. The power supply has went bad. 2. The motherboard is bad. or 3. The front control panel is bad. Since Dell used proprietary parts on this model you would need to contact them for replacement. www.dell.com will have the contact info. Hope this helps.

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