Question about Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop
When I press power button, it just blinks with a orange light. I took the power supply out and checked with a electrician, he said it is fine. So I put it back, but the same thing happens. Also when I plug the power cord and turn the switch a green led light inside the mainboard is lit. What could be the problem? Can you give me a solution? Thanks
I had the same problem here. And sure enough it was the USB socket that had been bent inside or broken off. Basically the pins were touching the sides of the casing and causing it to short on power up.
I used the method suggested above - get a screwdriver and (MAKING SURE THE POWER IS OFF) bend the pins from the USB socket back into shape so they are no longer touching the side casing. The USB port is unusable but the machine powered up straight away and is now working fine.
Thanks for your help!!
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
"Then I came across the recommendation to check the USB ports for damage. Saw some of the pins bent inside the port. Once I fixed them, the computer powered back on as normal! Small fix for big problem. Cheers - Parveen"
My wife's Dell E510 also suffered from the orange blinking light on front, and would not power up this morning. I had just purchased a new power supply for another computer and swapped it with the Dell's. To no avail... Put the Dell back together and still no luck with a start. So I came across your site and remembered that recently the 6y'o had jammed a USB port in the front of the Dell and after bending that USB port back into shape every thing works again!
Who would have thought that a free fix would be so easy!
Posted on Sep 19, 2008
Damn....you guys were right....it was a USB problem. I just unplugged all USB cables, pressed the power on button and up it came. I haven't yet determined if it's a bad USB cable or port.
Posted on Oct 10, 2008
I had to reset the bios and it finally powered back up. really weird, nearly any time i change power outlets or strips, i've got to reset the bios.
Posted on Sep 12, 2008
Finally, success, by replacing the power supply. Found one at Circuit City for under $30 and it's fixed - yahoo! Installed the Basiq 350 Watt Power supply and it works perfectly now. Hope everyone else with this problem can get it fixed.
Posted on Sep 11, 2008
Had same problem but it was due to a bad usb cable, once the cable was removed from the usb port the comp started fine
Posted on Sep 11, 2008
I had the same problem with the orange flashing light.
Then I got an solution from a technician that the SMPS power is leaking, sounds wierd to me. I checked the motherboard conectivity from SMPS. If you are using any surge protector, just reverse connection or change the port.
Then I came across the recommendation to check the USB ports for damage. Saw some of the pins bent inside the port. Once I fixed them, the computer powered back on as normal! Small fix for big problem.
Cheers - Parveen
Posted on Feb 09, 2008
Problem is the power button. It is not connecting when you push it.
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Dell Dimension 5150 PC
REPLACE the POWER SUPPLY 1st.
90% of the time, a flashing amber power LED on a Dell system indicates a failure of one of the circuits in the power supply (Usually the lower voltages 5v 3.3 v etc) The power supply is cheap ($40) and should always be replaced before the motherboard ($150) Unless you have a known good power supply for a similiar Dell that get the same results, replace the power supply.
I've seen many power supplies that will pass a bench test, but will still be far enough out of tolerance that it will not boot a Dell.
Posted on Sep 15, 2008
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