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Re: Blinking amber LED just won't quit - 5150

I have an E510 which is the US version of the 5150.  Although there are an abnormal number of power supply failures in this model, each one has to be examined case by case.  There can be other issues that cause the power supply to fail other than "defective components internally".  e.g. overheating, something on the motherboard that overloaded it at some point, a surge on the Mains, "self inflicted" by installing components that overload (exceed the capabilities) the power supply, etc.

Finally, a 30 month old PC, is nearly 3 years old and a candidate for potential hardware failures.  An article that recently ran in my local newspaper noted when to repair or replace appliances (which included PC's) and it was stated that a 3 year or older PC should be replaced, not repaired, if it fails.   

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