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Dell SX260...Wont Boot...Power Button Flashing Amber....grrrr!

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!!!

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  • sobord May 25, 2008

    it use to work and any thing you do it flashes amber the monitor works but not the tower

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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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