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Dell Steady Amber Power Light - No Boot

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#1 retrac1324


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Posted 20 July 2009 - 12:06 PM

I have a Dell B110 with upgraded EVGA Nvidia Geforce 6200, Creative Soundblaster Live 24-bit, Linksys Wireless-G Adapter with Speedbooster and an added Seagate Hard Drive as slave.

I recently disconnected the slave hard drive of my PC and switched it with a compatible ATA hard drive (with the jumper set to cable select and the slave connector of the ribbon cable attached) from my friend's dead computer to recover the files.

I was unable to boot at this point so I removed this added hard drive, put it into a different PC and was able to access the added drive fine.

When I put my original drive back as the slave, it would no longer boot, but instead showed a flashing amber light instead of green in the power light. I went through the Dell Support Wizard which involved removing all peripherals, power+data cables from drives, RAM, expansion cards, and reseating the two motherboard power connectors. Doing this process changed it from flashing amber to solid amber. According to Dell's support site:

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I am unsure what is causing the problem or what I should do at this point.

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 01:18 PM

After all you have tried, which is pretty much all that could be suggested, I would say either the power supply or motherboard has failed.

A "power good" signal simply means the PSU is getting power & outpitting a mimumum.
That does not "prove" the power supply is good.
A bad power supply can appear to work.

The ONLY way you are going to determine if the PSU or motherboard has failed it to have the PSU tested.
If it is tested PROPERLY [under a load] & passes then the motherboard has more then likely failed

Try resetting the CMOS.
Unplug it before you move the jumper
There should be a jumper on the motherboard that you can move to clear the CMOS
Be sure to put the jumper back in it's original posistion before plugging it in !

The only other way to determine the problem is to simply start throwing parts at it until something works.
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 10:59 PM

I reset the CMOS (or at least I followed the instructions in moving the jumper to the 2-3 position, then back to the 1-2 position) and it did not change anything.

When the DVD drive is connected, the power light is flashing amber, but when I disconnect the DVD drive, the power light turns to steady amber.

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