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I have a Dell Dimension 4700, the problem is that recently, i went to start it up, nothing would happen, the 4 ABCD lights don't light up, and i notice this steady amber light. So it was determined that a device is incorrectly installed or malfunctioning. I made diagnostics by trial and error.. the video card, sound card, and memory cards all work properly (i still get the steady amber with none of them installed, including USB peripherals!) I checked the hard drive and the CD drives, both are functioning properly .. the only time it works is when i tap the case right where the processor sits, and miraculously, i push the power button and it boots up. Then, after i turn it off, and turn it back on, the problem reappears and i'm back to square one. my guess is it could be that the CPU is failing..? Dell Dimension 4700 Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Intel Pentium 4 3GHz VANTEC 3GB RAM Hitachi HDS724040KLSA80 SATA 400GB nVidia Geforce 9500GT 1GB GDDR2 Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium

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You can try to reseat the CPU (processor) chip. Inorder to do that you have to remove the heatsink and then reapply thermal paste (compound) to the surface of processor. The processor rarely goes bad.

Posted on Apr 10, 2011

  • tdsam321 Apr 10, 2011

    i attempted reseating the CPU, but the problem still persists, with or without the CPU

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