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Amber light is showing on power button

NO beeping sound when powered on. No diagnostic lights. Amber light is steady on power button. Green light to the right of it is on. The cd and dvd rom works only when the cable are not connected. Both fans are working. Green light on motherboard is on. What is wrong with this baby?

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  • tjlawren Jul 30, 2008

    Why would it be the processor? Could it be the mobo? I'm having the same issue.

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The processor might be shot........

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