I just turned my PC off last night and tried to boot up this morning, only to find the power light blinking amber! I've tried unplugging, holding the power button, testing in a known-good outlet, and all that. It still stays the same. I've not had a single issue with this computer until now. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
That generally indicates a PSU problem, but it can also be caused by the motherboard. If you have a spare PSU, I would try that.
That's what I was thinking, but I wasn't sure. The motherboard still has the solid green light and there's no indication it's a hard drive problem, so I guess I'll buy a new PSU (unfortunately I don't have a spare one lying around)...
Peter, can you tell me if there's a certain kind of PSU I need to get? Does it have to be the Dell brand (model cx305n or part #w8185), or can I just get any 305w or equivalent PSU? PSU's are one thing I haven't worked much with...
Thanks for the quick reply,
The power supply is fairly standard. I don't buy them very often and am not up on all of the gotchas. Make sure to get one with all of the connectors your machine has and make sure that it fits in the hole on the back of the machine.
Some other models required that you cut a hole in the case to fit some PSUs.
Generally, with blinking amberpower light there are no diagnostic lights because there is a fundamental power problem. I will have to eat that statement if the OP comes back and says the diagnostic lights are on.
It's pretty hard to imagine how MS Picture It can affect your power on problems. It would have to be doing something that changes what is stored on the motherboard because there is no Windows when the power is off.