Dell XPS210, Vista.6 months out of service contract! Power on button when pressed: "Green" if O.K. and P.C. fires up. Steady amber - "a device may be malfunctionining". Flashing amber - "internal power problem may exist." I have the flashing amber. The P.C. will often come on after a random number of attempts, hence I am able to send this, sometimes I give up. Usually I get a millisecond of 'whirr' a glimpse of the green LED on the DVD tray then nothing, no lights, no fans, no nothin' except flashing amber.
I am assuming this will be a Power Supply failure but any thoughts gratefully received. Cheers
...may be worth taking the panels off and giving the heat sinks and PSU a blow-out with compressed air. Odd that it happened at start up, though - would normally expect a heat problem to show up after a while.
also along with the clean up of the fan and heatsink - let your laptop batteries fully drain and recharge a couple of times - battery memory may also cause the warning lights you mention. It is not likely to be AC adaptor causing issues - you can check by putting a multimeter to the output and check DC voltage (16-19volts usually - see base of adaptor for correct output). Try also booting without the battery in place - if all is fine - again may be battery "memory" issues.
with the laptop working again - go into BIOS and check the CPU temperature limit - it may be too low for the "hot" weather and this is prematurely shutting down the machine when it gets too hot.
sherwoodsolns hi, XPS210 is a desktop albeit a thin one! I believe it was Dell's smallest unit possibly still is. Perhaps I should have said "internal" power supply originally. I understand from other sources the PSU in this model is near the limit. The narrow case packs things a bit which probably doesn't help. It also makes upgrading difficult as few if any graphics cards fit. Thanks for input, I'll check the BIOS as suggested.
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