Alright, i got this Dell Optiplex GX270 off ebay, Dell Certified, and a month later the hard drive failed, so i got a new hard drive, and formatted the hard drive and everything, installed Widows XP, and i noticed that the sound wasn't working, so i went through troubleshooter after troubleshooter, and nothing workes then i decided to check the sound card because thats what it said on the troubleshooter, so anyways i do that, i check it, i make sure it's in firmly and it is, so i connect everything back to it and then it starts beeping and wont start up, but my CD and DVD drives are opening and sounds like they are reading disks but the computer wont actually boot up, i just got the hard drive a few days ago and now this happens, there is a amber looking light in the system when i opened it, and thats when im like "That can't be good." so i kept trying to start it up but it kept beeping and not working, the startup screen wont even come on, or to show that the thing is actually starting up. All this happend because i had to install updates, cuz i just installed windows XP SP2 and checked the sound board. but yet again i have this old 98 Dell dimension L800r without 1/4 a GB of ram, 18 GB Hard drive space and this thing is literally an iron dinosaur. It can't be killed. But can anyone help me? Please?
Amber Light = Hardware Failure.
The computer is in a normal off condition or a possible pre-BIOS failure has occurred.
Verify that the computer is plugged into a working electrical outlet and that you have pressed the power button.
A possible BIOS failure has occurred; the computer is in the recovery mode.
Run the BIOS Recovery utility, wait for recovery completion, and then restart the computer.
A possible microprocessor failure has occurred.
Reinstall the microprocessor and restart the computer.
Memory modules are detected, but a memory failure has occurred.
A possible expansion card failure has occurred.
A possible video card failure has occurred.
A possible floppy or hard drive failure has occurred.
Reseat all power and data cables and restart the computer.
A possible USB failure has occurred.
Reinstall all USB devices, check cable connections, and then restart the computer.
No memory modules are detected.
Memory modules are detected, but a memory configuration or compatibility error exists.
Other failure has occurred.
The computer is in a normal operating condition after POST.
Your computer might emit a series of beeps during start-up if the monitor cannot display errors or problems. This series of beeps, called a beep code, identifies a problem. One possible beep code (code 1-3-1) consists of one beep, a burst of three beeps, and then one beep. This beep code tells you that the computer encountered a memory problem.
If your computer beeps during start-up:
Microprocessor register failure
ROM BIOS checksum failure
Programmable interval timer
DMA initialization failure
DMA page register read/write failure
Video Memory Test failure
1-3-1 through 2-4-4
Memory not being properly identified or used
Slave DMA register failure
Master DMA register failure
Master interrupt mask register failure
Slave interrupt mask register failure
Interrupt vector loading failure
Keyboard Controller Test failure
NVRAM power loss
Screen initialization failure
Screen retrace failure
Search for video ROM failure
No time tick
Gate A20 failure
Unexpected interrupt in protected mode
Memory failure above address 0FFFFh
Timer-chip counter 2 failure
Time-of-day clock stopped
Serial or parallel port test failure
Failure to decompress code to shadowed memory
Math-coprocessor test failure
Cache test failure
Located on the front of the computer, these lights can indicate a computer problem.
Power is on, and the computer is operating normally.
Normal operating condition.
If your computer is experiencing a problem, check the back-panel diagnostics lights for more specific information (see Diagnostic Lights").
The computer is in the suspended state (Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and Windows XP).
Press the power button, move the mouse, or press a key on the keyboard to wake the computer.
A device on the system board may be faulty or incorrectly installed.
See "Power Problems."
If the problem persists, contact Dell for technical assistance.
A power supply or system board failure may have occurred.
Solid green and a beep code during POST
A problem was detected while the BIOS was executing.
See "Beep Codes" for instructions on diagnosing the beep code. Also, check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified.
Solid green power light and no beep code and no video during POST
The monitor or the graphics card may be faulty or incorrectly installed.
Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified. See "Video and Monitor Problems."
Solid green power light and no beep code but the computer locks up during POST
An integrated system board device may be faulty.
Check the diagnostic lights to see if the specific problem is identified. If the problem is not identified, contact Dell for technical assistance.
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