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Dell e310 computer

I turned my computer off before a storm came the other night and now it will not turn back on. I had it on a power strip as well. I have a power supply tester and everything starts kicking when I plug it in but when I plug back into the motherboard I get nothing at all. I also checked the power button to make sure it wasn't worn out and not connecting. The only thing I can see is an aolid amber light on the motherboard next to the battery. It says it is the aux_pwr light. what does this mean? I am pretty sure my mother board is dead, is there anything else I can do to check it? Thanks

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  • nbiagini May 01, 2008

    Not that I can see, the only light that is doing anything is that aux_pwr light on the motherboard

  • nbiagini May 01, 2008

    I could not see any brand on the motherboard, but it is a intel 915 chipset motherboard. Nothing turns on when I plug it in. The only time anything starts up is when I disconnect the power from the motherboard and plug it into a power supply tester. Then all the fans and such kick on. But when the power is attached to the motherboard nothing will happen at all.

  • nbiagini May 01, 2008

    yes, I'm plugging the PSU into a tester and when that happens the fans and such come on. So the PSU is dead even though it comes on when the tester is plugged into it?

  • nbiagini May 01, 2008

    thanks, that is kinda the path I was thinking of, but just thought I would see if there was anything I missed. On a side note, do you know what the aux_pwr light being on means? I cannot find any documentation on what that could mean. Thanks again

  • nbiagini May 01, 2008

    Thanks, I already went through that support page at dell. None of that applies to what is going on.

  • Jason May 11, 2010

    Sorry, I meant to comment on "Then all the fans and such kick on. But when the power is attached to the motherboard nothing will happen at all."

    Ok, so PSU into tester, PSU fan spins. PSU into motherboard and outlet, nothing happens. You've got options.

    1 - You can try swapping the PSU (if you have a spare; don't go buy one as it seems like it's really ok)
    2 - Disconnect everything from the power except the motherboard. So disconnect your hdds, rom drives, etc. If nothing happens still...
    3 - Buy a new motherboard. We can figure that out after.

  • Jason May 11, 2010

    I assume you mean you're plugging the PSU into a tester? But if the PSU fan doesn't start to spin when you hit the power button, and it's plugged in of course, then your PSU is dead.

  • Jason May 11, 2010

    Happen to know what brand motherboard it is? You might be able to find that printed on the board itself somewhere around the processor.

    Also, when you plug the computer (and by that I mean when you connect the power supply unit (PSU)) into the electrical bar and turn it on, does the PSU fan turn on? Let's start there.

  • Jason May 11, 2010

    Is there a light on the power supply itself?

  • chris Rohrer
    chris Rohrer Sep 19, 2013

    no the fans are coming on when the computer powers on



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It's just a standby light, that the board is receiving power when the switch on the psu is turned on.

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