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Dell Optiplex 320 Power button is amber


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#1 k_tec12

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 11:52 AM

I have dell optiplex 320, and for some reason the power button is amber, and the computer is not coming on...

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:58 PM

I encountered a dell once that had a similar issue, but on a different model. On this specific dell, there was a special small circuit board that controlled the on/off switch, along with a few USB ports, and a mic/headphones jack combo. Turns out the small circuit board in front was toast, but the rest of the computer worked fine -- I tested by manually turning on the computer by completing the circuit myself.

I'd say take a look in your computer and see if your front power button is connected to a small circuit board. If it is, see if it has a ribbon cable it uses to connect to the motherboard -- a small ribbon cable, not as big as an IDE connector for old 3.5 Hard Drive.

Let us know if your dell has a similar design, and we can go from there.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:13 AM

To Suicide King
its exactly how you described it . So whats my next move?

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:15 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-Optiplex-320-Power-Button-Front-USB-Assembly-WJ855-/220510561113

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:30 PM

To Suicide King
its exactly how you described it . So whats my next move?


I'd agree with dpunisher. At $9 USD, it's worth a shot. Considering the problem seems similar to the one I encountered, I'd say there is a good chance that is your problem.

My only suggestion to you would be to remove the power assembly first, and make sure the numbers on it match up with the number listed on eBay. Sometimes different revisions will be released of hardware -- sometimes new revisions can replace older revisions, but it is always best to make sure all the numbers match perfectly.




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