The power button shows a constant blinking amber light. None of the 4 diagnostic lights in front light up. Downloaded the service manual and the blinking amber means a power supply or system board failure has occurred. The lack of diagnostic lights probably mean a possible pre-BIOS failure has occured.
Isolated the PSU and did the green/black wire jump start and the PSU (fans run) cranks up. Plug it back into the Mother Board and its dead. Isolated the board from all drives and still nothing. I do have the bright green light ??? on the board but due to the lack of power there are no beeps either.
Sooo.....the board seems to be shorting out the PSU???? I guess it is time to order a new board (Dell "intel" HJ054) unless one of you can think of anything I missed. Any help is always apprecitated from all you GeeksToGo.
The computer is 1.5 yrs young and there was only a 1yr service aggrement, so to avoid the nightmare of dealing with Dell: where is the bestest cheapest fastest place to get a OEM or compatible board?