When I try to start my XPS tower the power light just flashes orange. At first, if I unplugged the power cable for 15 minutes and then plugged it back in, the computer would start... this went on for a month. Then for a few starts, I was able to get it to start by removing the coincell battery on the motherboard and putting it back in. Now none of those methods seem to work. I have also tried reseating the RAM and graphics card. The computer is past warranty, and I am not in a financial position to spend any money on parts or a technician. For several reasons, I cannot be without my computer. I have only novice skills in repairing computer hardware. Somebody please help me!!!
What is the model of your system? A flashing power button can be the power supply, motherboard or another component. We will need to know a little bit more to help and try to narrow your issue down.
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What is the exact model number? Generally, a flashing orange light on many Dell's indicates a bad power supply. With the symtoms you have, especially unplugging the power cable, it would also tend to suggest a bad power supply.
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My computer is an XPS 720. The graphics card has been changed to a GeForce GTX 285.
Ugh I had a feeling you had one. Well if it is the power supply or the mother board you can only use Dell parts as this is and extremely proprietary system. Ok so first i would remove all external peripherals, except your keyboard, mouse and monitor. See if there is any change. IF not you need to unplug the computer and once unplugged press and hold the power button for about 10~15 secs. open the case and remove all your ram sticks, all your plug in cards, and disconnect the power connector on all of your drives. once that is done, plug in your computer and press the power button. if you still get the flashing power light then the first thing I would look at would be the supply. Now finding one your best bet would be E bay.
If the light goes normal then start adding in parts one at a time. start with the power to the drives, then the ram and finally the cards.
When i tried to boot it keyboard, mouse, and monitor only... The fans kicked in for a second and the case LEDs lit up (something I havent been getting) , then it all died and went back to the blinking orange light again. I tried to start it a few times afterwards, and couldn't get anything except for the blinking orange light (no fans, LEDs)
I just got the computer running. Now that it is running, is there ANYTHING I can do that will tell me which part is giving me trouble?
I have just noticed on the front of the tower that there is an image of a vertical cylinder blinking green repeatedly... Possibly another clue?
That is your harddrive activity light and is normal.
not really. if it booted up all the time you try running the dell diagnostics but that requires you tap the F12 key as the computer boots and entering the diagnostic menu.
You could also try removing and reseating the ram sticks and cards.
Try running Dell Diagnostic's extended test.
The instructions for using Dell's Diagnostics Utility, are HERE
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