I'm sure you see alot of these questions, so here I go asking for the thousandth time...I bought a used Dell SX260 3.2GHz...I plug in the power adapter to the wall...light on power adapter is yellow till I plug it into the machine...then it turns green. I try to turn on machine & front machine button flashes amber & motherboard light is amber too. My monitor light turns amber also. I know the monitor works. I tried unpluging everything....even the cd, ram & battery & let it sit for 1 minute....put battery back in & pluged power back in & still the same thing. I don't even have to push the power button for it to flash amber....just plug in power & does it all on it's own. Fan come on, but never hear any beeps. HELLLLLLP!LOLOLOL!!!
Try these (un order of degree of difficulty)
1. Try replacing the battery on the system board. it is typically a CR2032 button-style battery. This helps if the computer has been off for a long time.
2. Make sure all dust has been blown or vacuumed out of the computer.
3. Check to see if the USB pins are bent inside the connector on the back and the front of the computer. Straighten if possible.
4. Remove add-in cards, fans, shrouds, and heatsinks, then check the system board for leaky or mushroomed capacitors. If you would like, this may also be a good time to see if the processor is seated correctly or possibly short-circuited (burned black on the bottom, burnt or missing pins, etc). If it is any of these, you may need a new system board (motherboard)
5. It may be that you need a new power supply. Do your best to make sure that it will fit your computer case and have all the power connectors you need; they are not created equal.
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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 there probably old and 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 are probably old and faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
You may need to replace the cmos battery, its a cr2032 3v button cell Make sure all your expansion cards and memory are reseated. Make sure all cables are reseated. your power supply could be bad
If that doesn't work try this
Here is my fix for the dell dimension 4400 amber light problem. It works! replace cmos battery. then unplug power cord form wall about 5-10 secs. then plug it back in, wait 5 secs. If amber light comes on, press and hold power button until it goes out.
light out, press and hold power button while amber light comes on and
goes off again holding power button 2-3 secs after light goes out.)
repeat whats in parenthesis until computer turns on it should only take about 6, 7 tries.
After the computer boots, you may want to setup cmos or boot into windows. After you shutdown, unplug power cord for 5-10 secs then plug it back in. Press and hold the power button, computer should come on. I found that's the only way to turn on the computer. If you shutdown and don't unplug power cord the computer may not boot, mine didn't. Strange I'd say
I would think the batteries need replacing. That happened to my Dell Latitude CPI. The batteries won't charge past about 3%, so I got new ones and that did the trick. If this is under a year old I would contact Dell about it, if it is under a year old they should replace the batteries.
1) A lot of people have just removed the Jumper for the CMOS and turned the Power back on and back off and replaced the jumper and/or removed the battery.
2) Several people have reseated the Memory and after booting back up it worked.
3) A few had to replace the Mother Board and CPU but in this instance they had to also replace the Case because the Dell case wasn't really fit for the heat of from the CPU.
4) I had the exact same problem and luckily replacing the Power Supply fixed this for me. I had to cut out the back of the Dell case for the toggle on/off switch but when I tested the old Power Supply it was only getting 5amps and this was causing the Amber/Orange/Yellow light to constantly flash.
A Blinking Amber or Yellow power button means that the power supply is receiving power from the source but is unable to properly distribute it to the components. This can be caused by a defective power supply or a defective motherboard. Just to make sure that nothing else is causing the problem, remove any PCI cards like modem, video card, sound card, etc... Remove the memory modules and disconnect cables to CD/DVD drives. Look at the USB ports to see if any are damaged.
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inside the pc there should be a green light. called flea light. if its not on.. then id say motherboard or power supply are bad. take power cord off. and hold power button down for 10 ecs. then reconnect and retry. i think its abad psu.