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Problem with Dell XPS 400 amber flashing power light


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#1 sgtwarpig

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:16 AM

I am currently having a problem when I hit the power button on my computer. The power light flashes amber for 5 to 10 minutes before the computer actually starts up. It then goes green and starts to boot. Does anyone have any idea how to solve this problem>

 

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 10:21 AM

This occurs when there is a hardware issue. If you change anything then go
back and check to see if it was correctly installed. (Reseat memory for example)

Could be any hardware including the power supply, loose cables, video card ect..

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:32 AM

I haven't done anything inside the computer this just started happening. Does that mean its the power supply and if so how do I determine which one I need for the computer I have.

 

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 12:00 PM

You can test the PSU with the following method.

 

Remove all external devices except for the mouse and keyboard.

 

Turn of the computer and unplug it from the wall.

 

Press and hold the power button for 15 to 20 seconds, the power LED should go out.

 

Open the case and remove the motherboard battery, please note the polarity (+ or -) before removing it.

 

Press and hold the power button again for ~30 seconds.

 

Reinstall the battery observing the proper polarity and plug the power cord back into the wall, see if the computer will boot properly when the power button is pressed.


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