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Hi,

Currently trying to set this desktop up for someone in our business, I'm a new IT intern. The computer will turn on, nothing appears on screen (however the 2 screens I've tried do detect the computer via vga), the PSU fan is on, the power button is a steady amber color (not flashing). Looks like maybe a motherboard problem? The computer was purchased 2010 and warranty is out. When I connect a laser mouse to any usb port, the red laser flashes once for a split second then shuts off. The mouse works on other computers.

I've tried removing the cmos battery and held power for 30 seconds. Didn't help.

This desktop needs to be ready by Monday, anyone know what's wrong?

any help is appreciated.

EDIT: sorry for the rushed typing.
Edited by xdanisx - 5/16/14 at 8:08am
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post #2 of 10
To my knowledge, I've always fixed this problem by replacing the PSU because it either died, or something tripped it.

Edit: The 3 I fixed that had this were all Dell Vostro's, though I couldn't tell ya the model number as it's been a few years..
Edited by Silvos00 - 5/16/14 at 1:25pm
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post #3 of 10
As Silvos00 said, test the PSU as that is usually the culprit. Mobos die hard in my experience.

Just open the case, and test another PSU connected to the Mobo, no need to remove the old one until you've isolated the problem. thumb.gif

Good luck sir!
 
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I'll 3rd swapping the PSU, though the most recent case for me was a slow blink amber light, not steady. Dell doesn't exactly use good PSUs.
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post #5 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kuudere View Post

I'll 3rd swapping the PSU, though the most recent case for me was a slow blink amber light, not steady. Dell doesn't exactly use good PSUs.

Almost all Dell PSU´s are made by Delta so thats not always true.
I am thinking its either the PSU or the motherboard
Edited by shilka - 5/17/14 at 4:05am
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post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Almost Dell PSU´s are made by Delta so thats not always true.
I am thinking its either the PSU or the motherboard
That's true it's quite hard to find a PSU dell uses that isn't from Delta. Sure they're cheapskate but they're not bad PSUs and they have delta quality as well
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post #7 of 10
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Thanks for the responses. Unfortunately we don't have any spare PSUs. I may swap one out of the desktop I'm working on now if my manager wants me to. We may just end up scrapping it though.
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Almost all Dell PSU´s are made by Delta so thats not always true.
I am thinking its either the PSU or the motherboard

Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveLT View Post

That's true it's quite hard to find a PSU dell uses that isn't from Delta. Sure they're cheapskate but they're not bad PSUs and they have delta quality as well
I've never run across a Dell with a Delta PSU, unless they brand it something else entirely and I never notice, which I'd happily admit doh.gif
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post #9 of 10
Dell and HP just rebrand the name its still Delta that made it in the first place
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post #10 of 10
Dell Vostros 230's do tend to have problems with the power supplies dying and a solid amber light usually is an indicator of this. I too work as a technician and we've had several of them do this.

The other things which it might be is a burst capacitor on the motherboard, this will also cause the solid orange light. You can replace the capacitor if this is the case.
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