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It says system error when you turn it on and there is a red light on the green circle power button.

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  • Tom Kilroy
    Tom Kilroy May 11, 2010

    In the lit circle there are 4 lengths, or individual lights. Can you please clarify which lights are red, and if they are flashing or not?

    Consider the upper left light to be #1, and so on clockwise.


    This is considered the "red ring of death", and there are a number of things that could be wrong. With your clarification I should be able to help you.

  • Adam Austin May 11, 2010

    How many and which red lights appear on power button? It is separated into sections and the pattern of red lights is important to determine what is wrong.

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Its states in the manual, 4 lights mean AV cable error.
also you can try removing the hard drive and try running it then, let me know how it goes.

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Unplug the power cord from the wall socket.
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