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Dell dimension 9200 series desktop does not start

\015 I see amber light blinking when I start the computer. On the motherboard I see amber light.\015

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Most DELL's I have seen with this condition it was either the motherboard or Power supply. If your mobo looks fine (see explanation below) then I would try another power supply first. Use one that has the same or greater output watts. I keep several old ones around for this purpose. If that does not solve it then you may have a failed motherboard. Failure of motherboards is usually due to breaking capacitors. A few years ago a capacitor company stole the "recipe" for making capacitors from another company and tried to make their own, unfortunately they did not get the ingredients right and the capacitors started breaking after 2-3 years of use. They sold these capacitors at very cheap prices and a lot of computer companies and power supply makers bought them. This is easy to diagnose. Look for capacitors (caps) (they look like little tiny soda cans) on your motherboard (mobo). They should be perfectly flat on top and not bulged or swelling or leaking anything. Be sure to look under the fan shroud also. The dead giveaway will be the fact that you are not getting anything after you change the PSU. There are a few companies that will repair broken capacitor issues. Also if you add a bunch of extra components without upgrading the power supply you can suffer underpowered situations and that can cause internal parts to fail.\015\012To eliminate some other stuff you could remove the memory and disconnect all the power plugs from the drives and then try to start it up. If it does not change the behavior at all (no beeps, no change in flashing lights) then you probably have motherboard issues. Make sure when disconnecting the memory chips (sticks) that you touch the metal on the inside of the case first to discharge static electricity. If it does change the behavior add 1 component or item back at a time to see what you can find out. Post back with what you find. And remember a bad PSU does not always mean no power, just not enough to run the computer. \015\012\015\012I disagree with the post by GUEST. If you are having Hard drive issues the amber light will not sit and blink at you. I don't know how many DELL's they have worked on, but most DELL's I fixed had 1 of those 2 problems. If mobo looks good then try a bigger (more output watts) power supply. If you have the 4 tiny A-B-C-D Diagnostic lights on the back, what state are they in (amber/green/off)? This may help us diagnose further.
I had same problem. I did lots of research and eventually found the solution myself. Even I went to Dell's suggestion and manual but could not resolve it.

Here is the solution.
Go to microprosessor, there is a AC connector to motherboard. Near the AC connector, there is a pin. Take the pin out and put in the adjacent pin holder. Turn the computer on and it goes off itself. But this time, the light will be green from amber. Take the pin out from the adjacent and turn the pc on, and follow the instruction regarding the IDE.

Here we go, your pc is solved and put the PIN the back to the original place.

Good luck!

Mr. Nepal.
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