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Solid amber light. No power to the system just the fan runs.

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Solid amber light means the CPU is not being powered properly, that is USUALLY a bad power supply. Contact Dell and order another power supply. if that doesnt fix it, you have a bum board. (usually, you will see popped capacitors on the board if its bad). I will say, that in about 70% of these, its a bad power supply. power supplys arent cheap (unless you have a warranty of course) but they wont break the bank. a replacement is likely going to be about 40-70 dollars. I havent priced it, but you can ask dell at dell.com/chat. Good luck.

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The XPS? 710 system includes a variable-state power button LED. The LED can provide a wealth of information about the system's state. The LED indicates the progress of the system boot; it does not indicate the exact problem. In this case(Solid Amber) The system is able to get power and isdistributing that power to its internal components but cannot process data. To narrow down to the problem... 1) check the 4 diagnostic lights at the back. 2) Open the system Tower, reseat the Power connector to the Motherboard better known as ATX connector 3) Remove each Expansion Card one by one and try booting the system. 4) Reseat the CMOS battery and the Processor. Please check for the Quad lights(1-2-3-4) at the back Y = Yellow G = Green. 1) Y-Y-G-Y is A possible processor failure has occurred. Reinstall the processor and restart the computer 2) Y-Y-G-G is Memory modules are detected, but a memory failure has occurred. If you have two or more memory modules installed, remove the modules, reinstall one module, and then restart the computer. If the computer starts normally, reinstall an additional module. Continue until you have identified a faulty module or reinstalled all modules without error 3) Y-G-Y-G is A possible graphics card failure has occurred.If the computer has a graphics card, remove the card, reinstall it, and then restart the computer. 4) Y-G-G-Y is A possible floppy or hard drive failure has occurred. Reseat all power and data cables and restart the computer Source: Manuals at http://support.dell.com

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