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Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« on: February 01, 2009, 09:09:34 PM »
Big problem, my computer won't boot up and there's a yellow light on the power button. I using my parents computer.

Both computers are Intel.
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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009, 09:29:47 PM »
Hi...

If you press and hold the power button in for a few seconds, does the yellow light go completely off? If so, will it boot if you repress the button?

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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009, 09:46:50 PM »
I did hold the button for a few seconds and the yellow light came off. It still won't boot when I turned it back on, i also took a sniff and the PC smells all musty. The computer might be overheated.
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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2009, 09:55:33 PM »
I did hold the button for a few seconds and the yellow light came off. It still won't boot when I turned it back on, i also took a sniff and the PC smells all musty. The computer might be overheated.

Hi...

Ok, what happened when you pressed the button the second time? Did the same yellow light come on? It wouldn't be overheated if you just turned it on after being off for a while. ???

Also, can you provide the hardware specs of your system and the OS you're using?

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« Last Edit: February 01, 2009, 09:59:07 PM by ardvark »

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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2009, 09:58:32 PM »
Yes, now I'm opening the computer and finding the source of the problem.

My OS is Windows XP SP3.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2009, 10:47:15 PM by Jtaylor83 »
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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2009, 10:04:13 PM »
Yes, now I'm opening the computer and finding the source of the problem.

Hi...

Let us know what you find. :)

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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2009, 12:48:45 AM »
Hi, ardvark. I took a look inside and it appears the fans not spinning. I'll have to take it to Office Depot tommorow and have a specialist look at it.

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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2009, 02:39:04 AM »
Hi...

May God Bless you as well! :) I would imagine the fans not spinning is a symptom and not the reason why your system isn't booting.

I hope they find the problem and that it will be inexpensive to take care of. :)

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« Last Edit: February 02, 2009, 02:41:58 AM by ardvark »

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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2009, 03:51:34 AM »
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Just a guess, but I would say the power supply is failing.


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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2009, 09:41:51 PM »
Just a guess, but I would say the power supply is failing.

Hi...

Or possibly the motherboard. :(

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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 01:35:53 AM »
If it's a dell (I unfortunately used to be one of their on-site techs, working for Unisys), then yes, the motherboard could possibly be failing as ardvark has suggested.

Although, it could just be the fan...  Simply by pulling out the fan and spinning it with your fingers could let you know if it has seized or not.  That's a simple, cheap fix that anyone can do.  No sense in taking it to specialists if that's the case.

Powersupplies, are usually running or not running.  Yeah, I've seen where they are starting to fail and cause weird problems, but when a transformer goes, a transformer goes.  Doesn't usually take too long.  I'd definitely go the fan / mobo way.
« Last Edit: February 03, 2009, 01:38:46 AM by scythe944 »
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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2009, 02:55:36 AM »
My Computer is a Gateway and it was manufactured by Selectronix in Hazlehurst, GA, USA.

If the mobo is fried, then I will have to wait till next week to have my PC rebuilt or I could get a new cheap one from Walmart. They're all probably 64-bit with Vista.
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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2009, 06:20:24 AM »
If the mobo is fried, then I will have to wait till next week to have my PC rebuilt or I could get a new cheap one from Walmart. They're all probably 64-bit with Vista.

Hi...

Actually, no. The last time I was there, about two or three months ago, I saw an e-machine that came with Windows XP. I think it was around $200 or $300. :)

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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2009, 03:37:35 PM »
Well, they do sell vista machines, they're rarely 64-bit.  They are available though.

As for getting a new motherboard, it will probably have to come from gateway, as they positition the holes in the motherboard to fit their proprietary case.

If you want to spend the least amount of money, I'd suggest buying a new case and a motherboard from a place like http://www.newegg.com and putting all of the guts from your computer into the new case and motherboard.

Don't know if you have the skills or want to do this though.  But at least you'd be able to break away from proprietary hardware, and use anything you want from here on out.  Just my $.02.
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Re: Computer will not boot, yellow light on the power button
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2009, 09:54:35 PM »
If you want to spend the least amount of money, I'd suggest buying a new case and a motherboard from a place like http://www.newegg.com and putting all of the guts from your computer into the new case and motherboard.

Hi...

This would depend, in part, on how many devices are onboard as opposed to being provided by separate cards. If it's the former, it would be better to get a new motherboard from Gateway or just buy a brand new system. ;)

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