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HERE is a link directly from dell as to what the lights mean and possible solutions. sounds like you may have a failed component on the motherboard or a bad powersupply

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Orange light


If its a Dell E520
You can tell a lot about the condition of your Dell E520 computer simply by looking at the lights on the front of the unit. The color and condition of those lights can indicate a problem with the computer's hard drive, monitor and other components. Learning to read these lights and understand what they mean can save you a lot of time and make troubleshooting a lot easier and more effective.

Unplug the Dell E520 and plug it back in. If the amber light stays on, try moving it to a different power outlet and using a different power cord. Remove all peripheral devices from the E520, with the exception of the keyboard and mouse. A steady, amber power light can be caused by a malfunctioning piece of equipment. Turn on the computer on and wait for it to boot. If the computer boots with the peripherals removed, add back each peripheral one at a time, rebooting the computer after each device is added. Continue this process until you identify the malfunctioning device. Shut down the Dell E520 and remove all devices from the back. Remove the retaining screws on the back of the tower and remove the computer case. Locate the memory modules on the motherboard and remove them one at a time. You should see small, white retaining clips on the motherboard these retaining clips hold the memory in place. Spread those clips apart, then lift up the memory module and set it aside. Remove all the memory modules, then add them back one at a time, restarting the computer after each one is added. Continue until you identify the malfunctioning memory, then replace it with a new module. Remove any add-on cards for graphics controllers, networking and other purposes. Remove all the cards, then reinsert the cards one at a time until you find the bad card.

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MY DELL E520 FREEZES AFTER START UP


Is this a recent occurance? Try a System restore. Have you done ANY Driver updates? Any updates at all? Added any hardware? When you boot to safe mode it only loads minimal drivers.

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My power switch keep giving me a blinking amber light what can i do


Do you have a battery backup/surge protector?? Take it out of the loop and plug directly into the wall.
From DELL

If the power light is blinking amber - The computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist.
Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at your location (if applicable).
Ensure that the processor power cable is securely connected to the system board

Hope this information will help.
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I am trying to get a trashed e520 up and running does it use a usb keyboard and mouse?


Hi,
In case you can be a little more specific with the problem you are facing with this computer.The USB keyboard and mouse are capable of connecting to this computer and work without any problems.
You can use the following link to troubleshoot a lot of problems with your computer.

Advanced Troubleshooting


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Hi - our dell dimension c521 is stuck in power save mode. The light on the monitor is solid orange and will not respond to the keyboard or mouse


A solid amber light indicates a pre-POST failure has occurred. The system has received a Power Good signal from the power supply so it's not a power supply issue. HERE is the documentation that tells what the lights mean and possible solutions.

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Dell dimension 5150 blinking amber lights


I have similar problem these days. After normal shutting down the PC, it can not be powered up again, the amber light blinks. A temp solution for my case is by doing these steps:

1. leave all monitor, network, keyboard and mouse etc. connected
2. disconnect the power, wait until green light and amber light dim.
3. pop up the CMOS battery, then put back in (better to check its remaining voltage, if not good, change a new one)
4. power amber light flash shorter and lighter
5. disconnect any USB connections like keyboard and mouse,
6. immediately connect keyboard and mouse back into USB ports
7. my pc powers up at this point, all green lights shining. Except it displays CMOS setup warnings, give me options to click either F1 or F2
8. I click F1, it goes into normal login XP

The only problem is I could not shutdown PC again, if I do, then I have to repeat 1-8. I have to use "Standby" instead, which I usually do.

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Monitor stuck in power save mode


Hi,
This might be problem with your with your monitor or videocard.
Click Here to Troubleshoot.
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Dell dimension 4600C Power up issue


Woops -the blinking amber light of doom is a common fault on dells - as you already have replaced the PS that leaves the motherboard.
usually a solid amber is the PSU while a blinking one indicates MoBo problems. If either machine is still under warranty dell will replace it.
If not then it will cost you to have them replaced.

cheers Pete

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My pc is not turning on (all the light does is blink orange)


Woops -the blinking amber light of doom is a common fault on dells -
usually a solid amber is the Power supply while a blinking one indicates Motherboard problems. If machine is still under warranty dell will replace it.
If not then it will cost you to have them replaced.

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Amber Light and fan running


1st thing, disconnect everything but keyboard mouse and monitor, see if anything changes.

If the issue persists, ensure that all power and card connections for the motherboard are tight and secure. If you've added RAM or other parts, remove them. Reseat the RAM in the motherboard that came from Dell.

If none of those ideas have any effect on the issue, replace the motherboard.

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