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My Dell Dimension 5000 is stuck with a solid amber light on the power switch and solid amber light on the motherboard. Switch 'clicks' ok but light only goes out when power lead removed. No fan, no bleeps, no bootup, just solid lights. The 5000 doesn't have other LED lights to assist. The PC got into this state after local power cut, when power returned. I've changed psu today -- exact same condition. Any advice would be appreciated


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Hi,

A solid amber light on a Dell usually denotes that the PSU (power supply unit) or the motherboard is faulty.

The Dell Dimension 5000 takes a standard BTX (not ATX) unit even though the shape differs from standard PSU's.

What i suggest you do is remove power cord from the back, then the CMOS battery and the power connector blocks from the motherboard, then completely disconnect all the hard drives, optical drives and anything else that is connected to the inside of the computer like PCI cards etc.(not the power and reset connectors) and leave the unit for about 10 minutes. Then just reconnect the power plugs to the motherboard and return the power cord and see what happens.

If that does not work try the original PSU now its been disconnected for a while

Please let me know how you get on and good luck
If you can ..try to open it ...and remove the bios battery for a few seconds ..after that put it back ...and try to boot again ...also check the CPU to be in place ...and see if it has any protections on the power supply ..but if the leads lights this may not be the case... try this first ..and let me know if it does anything else...strange ...like any looping clicks or so...something like this...
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