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Have a solid amber light on top right of motherboard just replaced the psu due to the fact went through 3 power supplies with this unit and a dell tech installed all 3 plus a motherboard about 8 months ago

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Sounds like there is a major problem with that computer, if you have proof that dell has done all this work, and they agree it was not your fault, you probably have a good chance of a replacement computer.
I would think this is time to find some advice from a consumer advice orginization.
Just google Consumer protection advice or similar

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