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hard drive light is amber, computer will not boot on

Q: hard drive light is amber, computer will not boot on

My hard drive light is amber and my computer will not power on. Battery light is white when power cord is plugged in. Ran updates earlier today and now computer will not power on.
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A:Dell GX280 amber light and hard drive swap

Unless you created a surge of static electricity, then you should not have hurt anything. But you Likely have connected the wires backwards... Does the fan have a four wire or three wire plug and socket?
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A:Computer won't Boot, hard drive light stays on

clear the CMOS (best to unplug the system and pull out the battery on the motherboard)
Do that for 30 minutes then connect back and turn on the system. If you still have issues then the RAM Voltage is not compatible with your mother board.
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A:Solved: Dell Dimension won't boot, getting some power and amber light
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A:Dell Studio Slim won't boot, constant amber light

Solid amber LED is a hardware failure indicator. motherboard I believe.
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i thought i had fixed it by trying a few other solutions i had found here on the net such as....

1. re-applying thermal paste to CPU
2. removing build up of dust
3. checking ALL connections
4. Re-installing windows
5. checking hard drive for bad sectors (which it found and fixed)

im running...
windows 7 32bit
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1 320GB western digital HDD
1 500GB western digital HDD ( which i think is causing the problems but its only a year old and shouldnt be failing now).

so yeaa..thats my problem..reall starting to anger me and im considering building a completley new system but this ones only a year and a half old :/ any help from you guys would be much apriciated


A:Hard drive light goes solid red and computer locks up...

It does sound as though the hard drive has failed or is not far off it.

I may be wrong, but I think Western Digital have a five-year no-quibble guarantee on their hard drives so it'll pay you to check with them.

A hard drive can fail at any time so I think you've just been unlucky.

You should try and get any important data off the drive as soon as possible.
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for the last 2 days my computer has been locking up and freezing with the data light on the computer to go into a solid state .
as for the locking up thing i mean it completley locks..mouse doesent move.. CTRL ALT DEL does nothing..only thing i can do is hit the power button untill it shuts off. I'v tried leaving it but the computer was still the same.

im running...
Hp pavilion desktop
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And also i didn't mention to one thing that when I unplug the wire of Pc my BIOS didn't recognize the time and date , I have to change it myself (Not always) just when I unplug the wire .

so please help me with that im getting mad on that

A:Hard drive light goes solid and computer locks up and freeze

You seem to have a couple of issues.

And also i didn't mention to one thing that when I unplug the wire of Pc my BIOS didn't recognize the time and date , I have to change it myself (Not always) just when I unplug the wire .

This happens when the CMOS battery is unable to keep enough charge, so when you unplug the PSU power source
+5V Standby Power also drops and clears your CMOS (BIOS).

for the last 2 days my computer has been locking up and freezing with the data light on the computer to go into a solid state .
as for the locking up thing i mean it completley locks..mouse doesent move.. CTRL ALT DEL does nothing..only thing i can do is hit the power button untill it shuts off. I'v tried leaving it but the computer was still the same.

Hard Hangs are usually hardware related .
I would start by taking a closer look at the HDD indeed as it is the first culprit that comes to mind.

Testing the HDD:
Perform a Disk Check | Disk Check
Then Post the results following | THIS METHOD
Download SeaTools for Windows if you don't want to use a CD to test the HDD you can use YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator to create a bootable USB (instructions are found at the bottom of both pages).
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A:Hard drive light stays on and computer freezes randomly in windows 7

Can we get some system spec's?
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OS is Win 7 Prof

A:Hard drive light stays on and computer freezes randomly in windows 7

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A:Hard drive light blinks fast, then stays solid, and computer freezes. What causes it?

Go to Start/Search and type CMD Right click the CMD icon in the Search Results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Command Prompt type chkdsk /R and press enter. Now type a Y for Yes and restart the computer. The Check Disk Utility will check the integrity of the drive.
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A:Blinking amber light

"I don't know what to do next"...

What's a small CNC machine, and where did the metal chips come from?
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A:blinking amber light

That's a classic Dell symbol for a bad power supply, but you can check the four diagnostic lights on the back of the computer against the chart here...
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A:amber light flashing

diagnostic lights are here

1 & 3 green = Memory modules are detected, but a memory configuration or compatibility error exists.

also manual here

Ensure that no special requirements for memory module/connector placement exist (see "Memory" in your User’s Guide).
• Ensure that the memory you are using is supported by your computer (see "Memory" in your User’s Guide).
• If the problem persists, contact Dell (see "Contacting Dell" in your User’s Guide)
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A:Dell Amber Light

See here for the manual for the system and the diagnostics codes that show on the front panel:

Yes, it could be the motherboard,or the memory, or the CPU. I recently had a C521 come in with a failed processor.
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A:Flashing Amber Light... Ugh!

karmalize said:

I think I may just need a new PSU.Click to expand...

It sounds lkie a PSU issue to me.
Check the outputs if you can or just try a different one.
It's not too common for them to blow, but they do.
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A:Optiplex 990 Amber Light / 2,3,4

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A:aux_pwr amber light is ON

Are you talking about the LED on the motherboard? That LED should be on as long as the PC is connected to a "live" outlet. It means the motherboard is getting "flea power" and is perfectly normal. 
If you unplug the PC from the wall and press/hold the power button for ~15 sec, the motherboard LED should go out.
nongjin100 I noticed that the Realtek wireless adapter was missing in the device manager. Fortunately, the Dell wireless adapter was still available.
That makes no sense - to me. There's only one wired and one wireless adapter, but you said there are two wireless. Do you mean the Realtek 8111E Network (integrated) wired Ethernet adapter ?
Have you looked at rear of the PC to see if any LEDs are on, next to the Ethernet (RJ45) port?
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A:XPS 710 - Steady Amber Light

The motherboard/processor has died. Power supply appears good as fans act like they should on bootup..with everthing out or disconneted except the processor and mb if it still is solid amber my moneys on the motherbord...
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A:Amber Light Below Start Button

Are you referring to your casing start button?

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The User Manual typically has the meaning of the LED lights in the trouble shooting section.

You can also check here:
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Hi and welcome to the TSG web site.

Found on Dell web site using a Google search for troubleshooting Dell Dimension E310:

Solid yellow Power Button:
The Dell Diagnostics is running a test, or a device on the system board may be faulty or incorrectly installed.

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My XPS 700 was purchased in 2006.  The only thing I've replace in that time has been my CD drive. A couple of days ago when I turn on the computer all I got was blinking amber light.  Any suggestions as to what this means and how do I fix it?  Or, is the computer dead after 10 years.  I can hear the fan. I did not notice any beep at startup.  I get nothing but blinking amber light, so trying to get to safe mode isn't going to happen. 
Thanks in advance
A blinking amber power light, usually indicates a power supply issue.
See page 14 Here:
What is the reading of the four Diagnostic lights, located on the front panel, or are they off?
See pages 15 and 61 of the owners manual.
The best method to check the power supply, is to replace it with a known working unit, to see if this makes a difference.
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A:gx280 amber light loud fan, however starts up sometimes help

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worth running dell diagnostics usually press 12 on start up
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A:Solid Amber Power Light, but no known issues

Sounds like the dell board just doesn't
display the same way as the HP.
Might make it difficult to see that the
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A:Loud groaning noise + amber light on

Power supplies are easily replaced... by a variety of brands an models.

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A:XPS 8300 four beeps plus solid amber light

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Please list exactly your Dell model. Example: Dell XPS 13 9350
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Thanks for writing to us. 
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Hi Escatdell,
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A:Tecra A7 - battery light flashes amber many times


If there is no hardware problems notebook must run with AC power supply only and without battery.
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Sorry but on this virtual way it is not easy to say more than that.
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Those flexible ribbon cables are notoriously difficult to snap positively into their sockets. If the keyboard cable is not making good contact that may cause your problem.

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A:Solved: Steady amber light after installed new motherboard

is the motherboard new or second hand? if it is second hand try cleaning the connctors including the ram slots, it could be that that is creating the problem as when i did not have my ram in correctly i had the same responce from my pc.

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A:Dimension 8100 not booting up and has amber light on power button. Please HELP?

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The power supply has probably gone bad...
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A:Optiplex 780 diagnostic lights 1 & 4 with solid amber power light

Thanks for writing to us. 
Diagnostics led 1 & 4 indicate power connector faulty. Please reseat the PSU connector if not yet done. 
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Do let us know how it goes post reseating the PSU connector.
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