My home computer can't turn on, so I'm at the library with limited PC time. My home comp is a dell e520 with a 305watt PSU.
After I unplugged the printer, it suddently shut itself off, and now every time I press the power button, it doesn't turn on.
I opened the case, and I see the motherboard has a glowing orange light (letters STBY LED next to it). When I disconnect/reconnect the power strip, the power button flashes orange, but doesn't turn on.
Is this a hardware error, if so which hardware component? thxs
A flashin orange light means either cpu, mobo or most likely I/O panel fail
you need to call dell and get them to come fix
if you are desperate you may be able to get it working by doing the following
open the case
locate the i/o panel cable where it connects to the motherboard, this is a flat grey ribbon which almost always connects to the board in the back right corner directly below the psu. it will have a yellow pull strap.
with the i/o cable out make sure all leads are connected and insert the power cord, making sure the wall plug is on
this normally bypasses the i/o panel on a dell and will boot the machine up if this is the problem. if not you are screwed im afraid