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Older Dell 8200 will not power on. When plugged in the power light blinks amber, and it will not respond to the power switch. If I swap out the cpu for an extra celeron I have lying around the fans power up however nothing displays on the screen. I can't tell if the CPU's are the problem (bad original and the wrong replacement) or if the power supply has bit the dust since it does run when I do my experiment. Any ideas? P.S: I've removed the hard drives,RAM, and the CPU altogether - Same issue (blinking light, no fans, no response.) Thanks!!!!

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To better troubleshoot your issue take a look at the 4 diagnostic lights on the back of your PC, they will give you more information and possible solutions. HERE is the link to what the lights mean on your model PC.
Diagnostic Codes Your computer is equipped with four diagnostic lights, which are labeled "A," "B," "C," and "D" on the back of the computer. Each of the four lights can be yellow, green, or off as shown in the following table. When the computer is turned on or restarted and it is functioning normally, the lights flash during POST. After the computer starts, the lights remain green to signify normal computer operation.
If a malfunction is detected and the computer fails to start, the lights display a code that identifies the problem. Write down the diagnostic code displayed and look it up in the following table.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

  • matt897 Aug 31, 2010

    unfortunately the lights on the back are ALL off. They do not even pop on for a second

  • Shawn DuRee Aug 31, 2010

    Blinking amber usually means

    A power supply or system board failure has occurred.

    Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified. Also, see "Power Problems" in your computer Owner's Manual.

    To be sure I would call Dell tech support and have them help you diagnose your problem. They are pretty good about support even if you PC is out of warranty.

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