Dell boots with solid amber light & fan on

Dell /
February 25, 2010 at 16:14:25
Specs: Windows XP
when i try to start the computer it dont turn green stays yellow not blinking and the fan kicks on slow at first then up to full speed does this mean i fried the cpu or what it used to boot to bios then i removed the bios battery because it didnt see the hard drive the data cable was loose then i turned it back on and the yellow light and nothing can anybody help or hear of this?

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#1
February 25, 2010 at 17:10:23
Are you saying it was workinig OK except for not seeing the hard drive so you opened the case and fiddled around inside? And after that nothing worked?

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
February 26, 2010 at 14:28:50
yes exactly i checked all the connections and nothing

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#3
February 26, 2010 at 18:58:40
Sometimes things can get damaged if you don't unplug the AC power before digging around inside the case since most computer power supplies provide a small current to the motherboard even when the computer is shut off.

Or you didn't get everything back together correctly. Or maybe you had some static on you and it discharged into some of the hardware while you were inside the case.

Hard to pinpoint for sure. There's a million ways for a computer not to work and only one way for it to work.

But you can try temporarily disconnecting all the drives and removing any unnecessary card and then see if it'll at least show a posting screen or Dell logo. when you turn it on. If so, then one of the disconnected items must be at fault.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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