About 1 week ago, when I tried to turn my computer on...power button just flashed orange ....I then called Dell support, we tried to fix this over the phone, but this could not be fixed, diagnosis from Dell doctor was to replace motherboard.....:(. Unfortunately, I can only use computers not fix them therefore I need some advise as to how I can bring my Dell back to life... ?
Hahaha are you serious? flicking that switch on the power supply is the best way to fry something. Usually your power supply but your motherboard and other parts are at risk too... Under NO circumstances do it!
It sounds as if the power is fluctuating or is not at the right
voltage, see if there is a red switch on the back of your computer
where the cable plugs in, if so switch it and see if that works. If not
then switch it back then try putting a new cmos battery in the
motherboard or test the one you have, it looks like a watch battery.
It sounds as if the power is fluctuating or is not at the right voltage, see if there is a red switch on the back of your computer where the cable plugs in, if so switch it and see if that works. If not then switch it back then try putting a new cmos battery in the motherboard or test the one you have, it looks like a watch battery.
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Re: Dell Dimension 9200 flashing orange light
My first suggestion would be to completely remove the power from the PC. Wether you remove the cable form the back or switch of at the wall shouldnt make a differenence. Go out shopping for a while plug it back in and give it another go. Sometimes giving it time alone to itself can rectify a lot of issues.
If the pc is still under warranty try and get it looked at under the warranty agreement. If it is out of warranty you will probably need to get an IT store to look at it for you. I wouldnt be surprised if Dell has installed a special screw that requires a special screw driver bit to remove it.
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For the Optiplex 320, a flashing amber light with no sound indication can mean 3 things.
1) Your power supply has failed
2) Your motherboard failed, most likely from a bad capacitor.
3) The front panel board (where the power button is located) is faulty or not connected properly.
I've worked with 10's of 1000's of Dell Optiplex's over the past 8 years and the flashing amber light is well known as a tell-tail sign of one of those three failure. Always start your trouble shoot with a PSU tester, then inspect the motherboard for domed or split/leaking capacitors...then on to the front panel which would require another panel and ribbon from the same model.
Test your PSU or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty
One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive
Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA
the leads from your"((motherboard to your hard drive))"make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs its connections to continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer errorhope this helps
Usually the leds should flash a code. These will be short and long flashes a pause then a repeat. You should try and write this down if you can.
Usually when all you get is fast flashes like that it will be the motherboard or the cpu. Without knowing the exact flash I can't tell you what its telling you. You should be under warranty for that ( I think) so it might be worth contacting HP support You can call them toll free or chat online. They will be able to guide you as to what the lights mean. Then you need to figure out if its worth fixing.
I wish I could help you more than that but other than knowing that fast flashing is typically the computer panicking with a problem I can't tell you any more without knowing the exact sequence.
1. check the CMOS battery and replace it If it shows 3.5 or lower then it is in need of replacement and you board should work if not a new mother board is needed. 2. check your power supply unit it may need replacement as well. I hope this helps. Have a great day!
Yes, it sounds like the motherboard from the Dell machine is now ready for the recycle yard. My son had an old Dell that the motherboard failed, and one by one, all add on cards, and eventually the RAM stopped working. Those old Dell systems can only keep going for so long, and besides, why hang on to it? Get a new PC, they are low priced now, and you get such a faster, smoother running PC.
I would try another power supply first. Use one that has the same or greater output watts. I keep several old ones around for this purpose. If that does not solve it then you may have a failed motherboard. Failure of motherboards is usually due to breaking capacitors. A few years ago a capacitor company stole the "recipe" for making capacitors from another company and tried to make their own, unfortunately they did not get the ingredients right and the capacitors started breaking after 2-3 years of use. They sold these capacitors at very cheap prices and a lot of computer companies and power supply makers bought them. This is easy to diagnose. Look for capacitors (caps) (they look like little tiny soda cans) on your motherboard (mobo). They should be perfectly flat on top and not bulged or swelling or leaking anything. Be sure to look under the fan shroud also. The dead giveaway will be the fact that you are not getting anything after you change the PSU. There are a few companies that will repair broken capacitor issues. Also if you add a bunch of extra components without upgrading the power supply you can suffer underpowered situations and that can cause internal parts to fail. To eliminate some other stuff you could remove the memory and disconnect all the power plugs from the drives and then try to start it up. If it does not change the behavior at all (no beeps, no change in flashing lights) then you probably have motherboard issues. Make sure when disconnecting the memory chips (sticks) that you touch the metal on the inside of the case first to discharge static electricity. If it does change the behavior add 1 component or item back at a time to see what you can find out. Post back with what you find. And remember a bad PSU does not always mean no power, just not enough to run the computer.
This indicates power supply failure. PSU means Power Supply Unit.
Solution? Replace the power supply. MAKE SURE it is a compatible one!
What do I mean by that statement? In some years of Dell manufacturing, Dell made their computers "Proprietary". This means only Dell parts could be used in a Dell computer.
The wires in the 20/24-pin ATX main (Motherboard) power cable, were put in different socket holes, than a standard 20/24-pin main power cable. Yellow is 12 volts. Orange is 3.3 volts. Red is 5 volts. Black wires are Ground wires.
If an aftermarket power supply made by another manufacturer, were to be used in these type of computers, it will burn out the motherboard! Possibly the ram memory and processor also!
If you buy an aftermarket power supply, instead of a Dell unit, make SURE the colors of the wires are in the same place, as they are in the Dell 20/24-pin main power cable connector!
For more info about that last statement, I suggest you check out this page, http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html
1. try clearing your bios setup using the jumper provided on your motherboard. make sure that the computer is shutdown and power cable unplugged before doing this. make the jumper settings and wait for 3 to 5 minutes before returning the jumper settings back to its normal position.to locate the bios clear jumper; it's always near the cmos battery of the mainboard. after doing so, plug back your power cable and power "on" your computer. select bios or cmos default settings when you are prompted. save your settings and restart your computer.
2. or try flashing your motherboard again using the latest bios file available for your board downloaded from dell website. and select to bios or cmos default settings when you are prompted. save your settings and restart
You have left out a whole lot of pertinent information, such as which of Dell you are talking about, however since power supplies are ' usually ' fairly easy to eliminate as the problem especially by a fully equipped computer store who could if they wanted try another power supply on the mother for troubleshooting purposes but not have due to the possibility and fear that the motherboard would a deleterious effect on an otherwise good troubleshooting power supply. Voltage measurements can be taken during operation to test voltage levels and most any technician can do that if they have voltmeters and most any decent technician does. It is very possible that some component on the motherboard has gone bad, often a capacitor that will load down the power supply. I'm having to assume that you are talking about a desktop computer. Assumptions get a man into a lot of trouble, so until you can give better and more thorough information, I would have to conclude that the technician knows much more then I do.