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Blinking amber light and wont boot up.

One of the USB in the front of the computer Dell Dimention E510 had one pins shorted. fixed that and problem wad resolved.

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If the power button was blinking amber, unplug your tower, and hold the power button for 30 seconds to 1 minute, to use any excess power stored in the capassitors in the pc. this was told to me by a dell tech, it is a small issue with the 3100=E310, and 5150=E510 Dimension desktops

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