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Amber light flicks once or twice no sound from fan or anything? What do we need to do

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If the power button is a solid amber it is likely a motherboard due to a failed capacitor (Check the capacitors on the motherboard see if any tops are bulging)
If flashing amber, most likely a failed power supply
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4282412-find_no_post_diagnostic_information_dell

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