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No power lightning hit my phone wire after that i couldnt get my pc to power up all i could see inside was a dim amber light glowing but the power button did nothing when i pushed it in .

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  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Feb 29, 2012

    sounds like it might have fried the motherboard did you smell anythingdid you have it attached to a short circuit board                                       it might have just fried the PSU power supply unit the light on only means its still getting minimum power for the light you could use a multimetre to check voltage coming from the PSU  also look at the test switch for burned or black marksopen up your computer to have a closer look look for any black or chared wires hope it helps you

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    ford98b Mar 02, 2012

    i took the back off checked wires and boards dont see any burnt marks and when it happened i smelled nothing .everything else i had plugged into the surge protector was fine the pc is the only thing that wont come on and was hooked through the ethernet to the phoneline. the power button wont even stay in when i push it to power up thinking now could it be power supply or maybe pc went to sleep?

  • ford98b
    ford98b Mar 05, 2012

    ok i didnt see a reste on the power supply all there is is a red thing has 115 on one side then 320 on the other when i flip it over but no fuse reset?I also looked at the mother noard when i plugged the pc back in and the amber light that is on is on the mother board it just comes on when i plug it in still no power to the on button it wont even stay in when i try it



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Since you said phone wire, I'm assuming you have a dial-up modem card to connect to the Web. Look at the card that the phone wire plugs in to. Try removing that card and power on the computer.

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SOURCE: amber light on power button

Check to see if there are any loose connections to the memory cards on the memory board. Make sure the data cable to the drives are connected properly. Is the fan in the power supply on?

Posted on Jul 27, 2008


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SOURCE: Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC Desktop Problem

An Amber blinking power button indicates a low or missing voltage problem. This can be caused by a defective power supply or a defective motherboard. Just to make sure that nothing else is causing the problem, remove any PCI cards like modem, video card, sound card, etc... Remove the memory modules and disconnect cables to CD/DVD drives. Look at the USB ports to see if any are damaged.

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Posted on Oct 20, 2008


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SOURCE: When I push the power button, the power light stays amber.

Does your computers power supply kick on or the fan. If not at all there is two tabs on the motherboard. They are small and blue located at the bottom left and just to the right of the first one. they should be connecting a set of pins together on the motherboard take the left one completely off and leave the right one in the same spot. Try the computer again it should kick on. If not replace pin to the left 2 pins instead of the right for a computer reset. Then hit your power button. wait 3 minutes then take the pin back off and put into the normal position. Computer should kick on and run properly.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009


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SOURCE: Dell Dimension 9200 PC will not power on

Well, either way it sounds like something in your motherboard or your system got fried. Either a surge occurred frying some if not all components (yes, voltage can still flow through them even when they're dead allowing things such as the LED on the motherboard to glow) within the computer, or your PSU blew out taking some components with it.

Due to what you're describing, I'm more inclined to believe your PSU blew out due to some form of an overload taking your motherboard (if not more components) with it. An overdraw of power on the PSU or just a cheaply constructed PSU will easily blow taking some of the components with it (essentially killing the components).

Sorry if this is not the solution you were after. However, everything you described matches with either a power surge or a blown PSU. Always sad when perfectly good electronics get fried. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009


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SOURCE: My Dell Dimension 4600 will not turn on. Steady Amber Light

Disconnect the Power cable / A/c adapter/Battery from computer.
Disconnect External peripherials.
Hold down the power button on the computer for 10 seconds.
Reconnect the power cable or A/c adapter and battery or the computer
Try to turn on the computer
check for Led's on the computer
If still no display ,shut down the computer,disconnect power cable.
Open the computer tower,remove memory modules,reconnect power cable and turn on the computer.If you get a beeping sound after turning on you should be getting beeping sound suggesting the mother board is not bad.Turn on the computer and disconnect power cable from computer.
Reseat 1 memory at a time if you have 2 memory module or if single memory module reseat in different memory slot,swap memory module.
Reconnect the power cable and turn on the computer if it boots to desktop possible issue with 1 of the memory module.
Disconnect the harddrive ide cable from the harddrive .Turn on the computer.
If still unable to power on .Shutdown the computer and disconnect power cable.Remove video card,sound card ,modem card if any .Connect just the vga cable from monitor to the integrated video port.
Connect power cable and turn on the computer.
If computer turns on possible issue with one of PCI or PCI express card.
If still unable to power on.Disconnect the power connector pin from the motherboard and reconnect it back.Turn on the computer check power power led on motherboard,also check if the processor fan is spinning. if no go then issue with motherboard.

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