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Dell Steady Amber Power Light - No Boot

by cyclone2527 / July 20, 2009 3:07 AM PDT

I have a Dell B110 with upgraded EVGA Nvidia Geforce 6200, Creative Soundblaster Live 24-bit, Linksys Wireless-G Adapter with Speedbooster and an added Seagate Hard Drive as slave.

I recently disconnected the slave hard drive of my PC and switched it with a compatible ATA hard drive (with the jumper set to cable select and the slave connector of the ribbon cable attached) from my friend's dead computer to recover the files.

I was unable to boot at this point so I removed this added hard drive, put it into a different PC and was able to access the added drive fine.

When I put my original drive back as the slave, it would no longer boot, but instead showed a flashing amber light instead of green in the power light. I went through the Dell Support Wizard which involved removing all peripherals, power+data cables from drives, RAM, expansion cards, and reseating the two motherboard power connectors. Doing this process changed it from flashing amber to solid amber. According to Dell's support site:

I am unsure what is causing the problem or what I should do at this point.

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And the diagnostics LEDS tell us?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 20, 2009 6:22 AM PDT
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by cyclone2527 / July 20, 2009 6:27 AM PDT

their all off when the computer is stripped down

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And when you press the power button
by Jimmy Greystone / July 20, 2009 9:09 AM PDT
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And when you press the power button, what is the pattern of the diagnostic LEDs left on when it stops?

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by cyclone2527 / July 20, 2009 2:01 PM PDT

When the DVD drive is connected, the power light is flashing amber. When I disconnect the DVD drive, the power light changes to steady amber. Everything else appears to be working (fans turn on, hard drive works, etc).

All four lights on the back of the case (ABCD) remain off when turning it on and do not change.

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a possible pre-BIOS failure has occurred.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 20, 2009 9:30 PM PDT
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That's bad news. I'd try a new cmos battery, then reset the bios settings and STOP connecting drives to this. You want less parts not more.

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