I have a dell 4600, when i turn on the computer, the power button lights up and the light for the hard drive comes on for about 20 seconds and then goes out. the monitor does not come on so i don't know if the pc is even booting up. I have a working desktop that i put this tower on and it doesn't work. Ca n it be fixed?
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CNETAug 5, 2009 - My dell dimension 4500 was accidentally turned off at the power strip and ... There is a light behind the button but no lights on back of computer. ... I have a Dimension 2400 that I'm not using--could I try that power supply in it?
usually this the indication of Hard driver problem.
this hard drve is on its last lag. it is hardware failure.
get a new Hard Drive and copy everything to the new hard drive. save this one as a backup.
Blinking Amber/yellow: Initial state of LED at power up. Indicates system has power, but the POWER_GOOD signal is not yet active. If the hard drive LED is off, it is probable that the power supply needs to be replaced. If the hard drive LED is on, it is probable that an onboard regulator or VRM has failed.
i would have to disagree with jerry, while that seems reasonable if the motherboard fan isn't running at all then whether or not the video card is ok is somewhat irrelevant.
I would agree somewhat though, i think the PSU might be a good thing to check to see if it is functional.
when you power it on does the CPU fan start or shudder at least ? that would be my first guess for a problem if you had been having any problems recently
I'm sorry to tell you this, but the yellow light means that there is an internal power problem. Usually this problem is a worn-out power supply (the unit at the back of the computer near the top that the power cord plugs into), and it would explain why the computer won't turn on.
If your computer is still under warranty, I suggest you seek help from Dell. If not, don't worry -- a power supply is relatively inexpensive (around $30-40) and not too difficult to replace. You can easily purchase one online and install it yourself. Rest assured that your hard drive and all its contents are safe and intact; you just need to replace the power source.
I hope this helps - please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.