Can't boot Dell Dimension 9100 desktop

Dell Dimension 9100 desktop
June 21, 2010 at 17:19:28
Specs: Windows xp
My dell computer will not turn on. The power light just
blinks orange. I have tried reseating the RAM sticks
but this doesnt change the over all out come. When i
have the computer plugged into the monitor, the
monitor displays nothing but the message, In power
save mode press any key on keyboard or move
mouse. That doesn't work either. In fact the lights on
my keyboard dont even light up. PLLLEEEAAASSE
help, if any additional information is required to help
solve this problem feel free to ask xD.

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June 21, 2010 at 18:13:33
You can temporarily disconnect all the drives and remove all the cards except video and see if you get a posting screen or Dell logo. If so, then one of the disconnected items is at fault. But these things almost always are caused by a bad power supply, motherboard or both, as often a power supply going bad will ruin the motherboard as well.

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June 21, 2010 at 18:14:22
Sounds like a bad power supply. Not unusual even on new computers.

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June 21, 2010 at 18:34:00
Do you get a single beep when you attempt to boot up?

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June 21, 2010 at 18:43:44
I will try disconnecting the drives and occasionally i get 3
beeps at startup.

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June 21, 2010 at 19:44:33
"i get 3 beeps at startup"

This is no "3 beep" beep code for the Dimension 9100. The codes are listed at the Dell site. There are also diagnostic lights that you should be checking. It can all be found here:

Also from the above site:

"If the power light is blinking amber, the computer is receiving electrical power, but an internal power problem might exist.

Ensure that the voltage selection switch is set to match the AC power at your location (if applicable)."

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August 30, 2010 at 14:25:48
Can anyone tell me where the voltage selection switch is on this computer?

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August 30, 2010 at 18:58:01
The only voltage selector switch I'm familiar with is the 115/230 switch on power supplies so equipped. If you have one it'll be on the exposed side of the PSU where the AC cable plugs in. If you have one, make sure it's set in the proper position for whatever your wall socket supplies. DON'T GUESS.

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