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Amber light solid. Replaced the power supply ad the cmos battery. removed the memory and reconnected. Plugged back in and I hear the fan running kind of loud (louder than before) Still solid amber light

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Most times i have seen amber light, if it is where the pwr light is on front of tower means ur mother board might be fried. check capacitors one by one and make sure none are extended or leaking. dell has had this issue before when they sent out a bad batch of capacitors. may last it job was mostly issues with this. good luck.

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I think your problem is your memory or video card.

Below are some steps that I recommend.

When you plug in the power cord is there any lights whatsoever on the computer?

When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning, lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear the DvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for a second or two? If so the laptop is trying to boot or may have booted, but the screen is not showing for some reason.

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Maybe your power cord is bad if you don't get anything to happen whatsoever when you press the power button.

Maybe you have a Static Charge Buildup. Remove the Power Cord, then Press and Hold the power button for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds plug the power cord back in and hit the power button to see if it boots.

Maybe your memory is bad or the memory slot is bad.

Remove the Power Cord, Open the Case and remove one of the memory chips. Set the chip aside then try rebooting the computer. If it boots, then you know the memory chip you set aside is bad so mark an x on it with an ink pen. If it fails to boot then move the chip to the next memory slot and try rebooting. If it fails take the chip out and set it aside, then put the other chip in and try booting it in both slots. If it boots, just to verify that the chip set aside is bad, mark an x on it and put it into the open memory chip slot and try booting.

Maybe your power supply is bad. Sometimes there is enough power to make the power light or some other lights come on but not enough power to make the fan turn on or hard drive spin.


Below are links and info I found from Dell's Website based on your model.


http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime521/en/SM_EN/specs.htm

Controls and Lights Front of computer:

Power button - push button

Power light
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amber light - Blinking amber indicates a problem with the power supply inside the computer. If the system cannot boot and there is a solid amber light, this indicates a problem with the system board (see "Power Problems" in your Owner's Manual).

Diagnostic lights
four lights on the front panel (see Diagnostic Lights.)

Standby power light
AUX_PWR_LED on the system board

Hard-drive activity light
green light - When the computer is reading data from or writing data to the hard drive.

LAN indicator light

green light - Solid green indicates that a LAN (local area network) connection is established.


http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime521/en/SM_EN/adtshoot.htm#wp1056411

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