Posted 12 July 2010 - 02:37 PM
I have a dell Dimension E520 desk top computer (approx 3 yrs old). Vista Operating system. I went away for 4 days. Upon my return, I was trying to turn computer on and got no response just a flashing amber power button. I had shut off power strips and unplugged as well as unplugging my cable connection from the wall, to prevent any power surge/storm surge incidents. I checked message boards, one suggested disconnecting all components from motherboard and turning power on with each added component. I did this, but got no response upon pressing power button (carefully draining power depressing power button, unplugged with each added component). All I saw was the slowly flashing amber light on the mother board and front of the box on the power button with no effect on any other components (ie could not hearanything powering when I pressed the power button to boot up).
I also checked the power on different power strips to rule out any problems from that. My wireless network and internet connection are in working order as I am connected to the net by that system with my laptop.
While plugged in, I went to get lunch, computer turned itself on, now green lights beeps 6-8 times, shows 1, 3, 4 illuminated (no number 2), then gets stuck with the number 1 illuminated, fans on and hard drive spinning. I have tried starting the computer with peripherals attached to USB ports as well as nothing attached. The result is the same, the computer gets stuck after several beeps, with the number 1 illuminated (green hue).