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Dell Won't Power On (Orange Blinking Light)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Klax0r, Sep 4, 2006.

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  1. Klax0r

    Klax0r Thread Starter

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    Yesterday, I was just sitting there watching TV at my computer desk, with the computer on, next thing I know- I look over and the computer was shutdown. I didn't know why, so then I go to turn it on, it will not turn on- and the power button, that should be green, starts blinking orange. I'm not sure what the problem is, I think something might be dead. I have been getting a message that says "Alert! System Battery Voltage Low" for about 2 years, I'm not sure if that would be it or not (Maybe that died? Would that do it? I don't know).

    When I try to turn it on, I can see the fan and stuff turn on for about half a second, then everything just turns off except for the mobo light and the orange blinking light. I've tested my brothers working power supply in mine, so I know that mine still works because that didn't fix it. I've taken the graphics card out, that didn't do it either. I don't know what else I could do, please help somebody, I'm lost without my computer... Thank you.
     
  2. steigrafx

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    A blinking orange power light typically means a hardware failure. You've ruled out the power supply, so it could be the motherboard or even your hard drive. Try unplugging your hard drive and see if the PC turns on.
     
  3. Klax0r

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    Okay, I tried the Hard Drive, it's not that either. Also, the light on the motherboard still lights up, could that mean it isn't that either or could it still be?
     
  4. steigrafx

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    I googled dell blinking orange light and dell flashing orange light, and there is no single solution to the problem. I would disconnect everything that isn't necessary to go through the POST, such as hard drive, CD/DVD ROM drives, floppy. Boot with only the video card and memory installed. If that still fails, you can remove the memory and see if the PC errors out with beeps.
     
  5. giovannicosta

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    The reason is because dell make cheap PCs with are rubbish, anyway try what steigrafx said, good idea, bur earth yourself first...
     
  6. Klax0r

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    Okay, now I've tried taking out everything except the CPU and Mobo. Does this mean that one of those are most likely done for or what? I guess I could take out my brothers CPU and put it in mine if I should test that too.
     
  7. giovannicosta

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    Did it work? You didnt say
     
  8. Klax0r

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    Nope, it didn't...
     
  9. Klax0r

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    Also... it's letting out a beep everytime I try to start it now.
     
  10. Rich-M

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    Can we back up a step here and ask what is your pc model and what is your brother's as I think we are way past the solution. Dell's typically have crappy power supplies and also proprietary ones so unless these are the same models, I doubt you ruled out the psu, which this probllem sounds like.
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  11. giovannicosta

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    yeah that means something is wrong...

    Do the POSt thing...
     
  12. Klax0r

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    My computer specs are in my profile, we both have Dell Dimension 8250's but I don't have the original Dell PSU (and theres nothing wrong with it either because I tested my brothers PSU which is working just fine for him). The only difference between our computers is the PSU, different graphics cards, and I have 512 more ram.
     
  13. Klax0r

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    What is POSt?? Piece of **** Test? If that is removing part by part and testing the computer over and over to find which part is the piece of ****, then I already did that except for the CPU and Mobo.
     
  14. giovannicosta

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    No, I Donrt No How 2 Explain It..
     
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    pOST oRDER SELF TEST!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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