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I have an Inspiron Desktop 518 and the computer will not start up. The amber light on the motherboard is solid and lit, the LED on the power supply is solid green, and when I press the power button, the computer does not turn on at all, and none of the fans run.

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There could simply be a problem with the power button

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Replace the power supply!

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    Replace the power supply!

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