System just decided to not power up a few weeks ago. The LED in the middle of the board flashes Yellow. The built-in network jack has two lights flashing on it (one amber, the other yellow). Since then...
What am I missing? Do I dare start the process over or trash this otherwise phenomenal machine. The only step I didn't personally do was step 1. The Tech does have an attitude about Dell's proprietary status; could he have fleeced me on what he allegedly did (he did want to sell me a different PC)?
Anybody have any ideas? Hopefully Dell's forum users can figure out the blinking lights before the Smith & Wesson users can figure out the message I left there about their blinking lights. LOL
I followed your instructions (as I suspected, the technician I hired apparently did not).
Now that I did that, I found that the problem appears to be the chassis I/O panel (the part that holds the USB and front audio jack). When I pulled that cable off the motherboard, the light went solid as you claimed it would. I went to that module and systematically pulled all of the connections off one at a time - none of them stopped the power indicator from blinking, so I presume it is the module itself (please let me know if that is a wrong conclusion). I also went to the front panel and disconnected the power switch cable, just to be redundantly sure.
I know where I can pick up a used I/O chassis for under $20.
I'm excited. I own three Dells now - I am tickled with the help provided in the forum.
Thanks Josh! Your a good teacher - you explained it in a way I understood exactly what it was that we were trying to accomplish.