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Power Problem Blinking amber light on the CPU. Green light is lit on the motherboard. Fans are not running, not able to open CD drive

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  • tk_n_elgin Nov 13, 2008

    the amber light on the right is blinking , and the fans are lit but my monitor wont respond im thinking its my video card

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I have the same problem. replaced power supply still an issue

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It could be the power supply isn't getting enough current to run things. I'd start there.

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http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dime521/en/SM_EN/adtshoot.htm#wp1056411

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