Introduction: Fix the Dell OLOD (Orange Light of Death)

If you have a Dell pc that won't turn on, Chances are that you have a power supply problem. Most of the time the power light will be flashing

Step By Step:
(Disconnect all cables, Inc the power)
1. Open the case of your Dell Pc
2. On the power supply box (top right) find the GREEN wire
(The green wire will almost always be the power switch on all Pc's)
3. Cut it at around the middle
4. Strip Both Ends
5.Find a long enough piece of wire that will reach to the front of the pc
6. Solder the GREEN wires back together but putting your seperate peice of wire inbetween them
7. Tidy them up with zip ties and shrink tubing (Electrical Tape if not)
8. Plug the power cable into the pc
9. Hold the wire onto the chassis of the pc
10. If the fans start at full speed, press the power button and let the wire off
11. your pc should be running as normal.


VintusO (author)2017-06-17

Please friend how will I solved the problem of my dell desktop c p u that only blink yellow Light but will not power

badeba (author)2016-11-29

while having this issue with dell laptop i did some research and i find out this can be fixed . just restart the laptop using the power key and hold for like 30 sec and let it turn on . try booting into using safe mode using the f8 for all other steps follow this post i am sure this may help

Aidan C (author)2015-11-25

I am having troubles turning on my computer (it is an optiplex 745 desktop) every time i turn it on the fan start and the disk drive works but on my monitor it says no signal, the desktop it self has an orange power light, now im wondering, is this OLOD?

MohammadT31 (author)Aidan C2016-09-10

Hi there Aidan C,
Ok so here's what u can do,
#1 Method.
Open up ur pc case
Pul out the power cable from behind the pc
Now pull out the cmos battery
Now replace the cmos battery with a new one.

If this doesn't work check ur vga cable , if any of the pins r damaged replace the entire cable.

This should work I hope.
And good luck.

Nduch (author)2016-08-22

FIX 1:

unplug all cords from your CPU then hold the power button for more than 60 seconds, this should clear the CMOS. then plug back the cords and you are back to work.

FIX 2:

JUST Clear Your Computer's CMOS to Reset BIOS Settings. 1. unplug all cables from your computer 2. remove the CMOS battery from the motherboard for over 6 minutes (to ensure the BIOS is reset) 3. plug it back in and you are good to go.

rumply (author)Nduch2016-08-29

FIX 1 worked for me!!!! My power breaker tripped and when I came back after resetting the breaker, my optiplex 755 had the amber/orange light on with the fan running. Your tip reset the computer.

Thank you!

AstroB1 (author)2016-08-23

My dell pc tower blinkin orange light the light is on inside as i open but it is blinking up front power button

SulaimanM5 (author)2016-08-14

Hello sir i try this step but not work..plz reply me i want solution

sk8nski (author)2016-04-10

Orange/amber light is solid, not blinking (Computer is a Dell Dimension E520). Tried all the suggestions recommended in the posts below. No fan activity or indication computer wants to start up. Just did the dust blowout thinking that could have been cause. I am also suspicious it could have been lighting strike but not certain as I cannot pinpoint. Any guidance on any other troubleshooting tips? thanks sk

PaulR159 (author)2016-04-05

TRIED BUT ORANGE LIGHT STILL ON. Method didn't work for me. This is the same as a reset button. Power light never did come on....Thanks, Paul

BrianH103 (author)2015-12-11

Thank you for sharing this. You saved me a headache that you wouldn't believe! (on second thought you probably would.)

Aidan C (author)2015-11-25

it has an ati-102-a771(B) and ad280p-00, aswell as a GSA-H3E1N

sorry i have no idea what these things are called because i am just getting strted with my computer

darsha1 (author)2015-09-27

I have dell optiplex 745..
So its not work
Power bottun light is orange and blinking

dzebrys (author)2015-08-13

omg, this is only temporary. orange means usually problems with power supply. same effect you can archieve pressing test PS button on back pane and at the same time power button. however for real heal you need to disassemble power supply and replace bad caps. see

BenjaminW6 (author)2015-06-03

7StarT (author)2015-05-13

Worked for me, Thank you.....

alsommer0 (author)2015-05-05

I tried above - with these results:

Power switch would not work - so I did the work-around on this blog(OLOD orange light of death) - power on BUT :1st: orange light (Power UP Button)stays on(should be blue) -2nd: computer system not working - does not get to BOOT system even (where you select F2)? What's the problem?? This is a DELL Inspiron 530, I have had it for 4 or 5 years. All of a sudden power switch don't work - so I did the above work-around where you run a ground wire to chasis - it powered up but two symptoms as listed above.

Clarification: I did the wiring change mentioned on your site -(OLOD orange light of death)- that is splice into the green ground wire from the power supply, touched the wire to ground on chasis - fans came up to speed - power seemed to be on - but system did not come up?? As I mentioned above - the power button stayed orange (should have turned to blue) - system did not get to BOOT file (where you can select "F2" to modify boot sector. Just ran like that - actually hung there for-ever. I messed around some more AND finally got the system to come up by hitting POWER on/off switch. I was able to power down -then- power up system - now I am afraid to POWER OFF
AGAIN - FOR FEAR I CANNOT BRING THE SYSTEM UP AGAIN. So my question is what went wrong with the ground wire thing your site describes -(OLOD orange light of death)- . I suspect the "amber" light on the "mother board" was not lite - when the fan came on - BUT-
system did not come up. I was wondering is there is a "reset" button I could have pushed (on the mother board or where-ever)???

VishvaP (author)2015-04-08

before trying that take off the case of your pc and clean all the fans using a compressed gas duster.

bneil4434 (author)2015-04-08

Holy *bleep* it worked! Way to go curtisg!! If it helps anyone I used a three-way connector (got it from the automotive section in Walmart) on the green wire that runs from the power box to the motherboard. (I put up a picture of it below) Again, great job!!

Taytaysat115 (author)2015-03-30

Plz just help me with my optiplex 745

Taytaysat115 (author)2015-03-30

Plz just help me with my optiplex 745

Taytaysat115 (author)2015-03-30

Will it work if i just replace the processer?!

curtisjoseph.ackahblay (author)2015-03-05

@g daily 1: am so grateful for solution cuz it did really work like magic.

curtisjoseph.ackahblay (author)2015-03-05

@g daily 1: am so grateful for your solution cuz it did really work. You are a genius

Shahid133 (author)2015-03-01

my pc dell optiplex 745 is blinking orange colour when i power on it .its fan is also running what should i do

femsyn (author)2015-02-25

@gdaily1, it worked like charm... thanks!

VickiO1 (author)2015-02-14

Thank you so much gdaily1!!! You are a lifesaver! Your suggestion about holding the power button while plugging in the power cord worked! I have a Dell Inspiron and it worked for me! Thanks again.

MuhammadN3 (author)2015-01-02

the probrem is MOSFET in CPU regulator are short, change with new one.. the probem 100% fixed

gdaily1 (author)2011-05-27

If I understand you correctly, the problem is that when you turn on the Dell PC the power button is illuminated AMBER and the power supply fan runs at high speed, and the computer will not boot.

There is an easier fix for this problem: Unplug the power cord from the back of the PC. Press and HOLD the power button on the PC while you plug the power cord into the back of the PC.

I am an IT specialist in a facility with approximately 1200 Dell Optiplex PCs. I have "fixed" a number of these computers with this same problem.

VicenteL (author)gdaily12014-12-29

I tried this already. When I press the power button, the fans start, then stop,

and the amber light stays on. the "test" button on the back of the pc lights green, makes the fan turn at full speed, but once you let go, It will turn off. Sometimes, if I hold that button, then press the Power button, the fans will stay on, but the light will remain amber, and no boot. I am IT Specialist as well, even took the PC apart, but still no clue what it could be. (tried different power cords, power outlets, nothing connected but the power cord, etc.) I even tried 3 different buildings (remote sites), and still no luck.

Dell wants me to call, and "troubleshoot" before they can replace it, since it's a NEW pc!!!!

DipayanM (author)gdaily12014-12-23

I will be so ever grateful to you for providing this fix. We had to send back our first one from our company because the technician told us the motherboard was corrupt and the system was still under warranty. 1 week downtime and hours of backlogged work. The second one did the same thing today. Being the only electrical engineer in this company, it was up to me to figure out the problem. 5 minutes of search, I see your solution. Fixed!

Thank you so much!

OAKESEY (author)gdaily12014-12-19

Hi i am having the exact same problem, i tried your fix the fan from the power supply comes on for 1 second then turns off. Been trying every type of fix out there with nothing that works. Do you think it could be a bad power supply or Mother board ?

Dragolink FromR (author)gdaily12014-08-04

gdaily1, I tried your soloution on my Dell Optiplex 745 and it didn't work. Anything else I should try?

rtrg (author)gdaily12012-09-22

Does NOT work on either board. On board 1 no fan turn. On board 2 fan TRIES to turn, cannot break magnet pull. Rotating by hand does NOT help. Is this a sign that the boards are BAD? Cannot return them as they are used and the seller will not accept them. He stated they came from working towers. PLEASE RESPOND with more fixes.

rtrg (author)gdaily12012-09-22

DELL mobo 4H665. Will NOT power up with only the power switch, fan, and PSU connected. GREEN led on power board 1 does NOT light, on #2 ORANGE blinking. Fan does not turn on either. Will this trick work on this board. There is NO GREEN wire in the 24 pin connector. Only ONE PURPLE wire. Is that the same as the GREEN?

sarahwho (author)gdaily12012-07-17

You are SO awesome! I tried it and it worked! Oh my gosh! Usually it's some terrible news, but it worked! Thanks!

kenkimball (author)gdaily12012-03-04

Wow. Had this very problem and followed this easy procedure. It worked!!!! Thanks so much. I was freaking out. I never respond in forums btw. That's how happy I am that this worked.

Callum Snowden (author)gdaily12011-06-18

Sometimes at my school, we have had dell computers that don't turn on at all because the USB was shorted so it was a simple fix just to lever the bent pins off the USB shell and then the PC's started as normal ;) (BTW I'm only 13 and have fixed many computers at my school)

curtisg890 (author)gdaily12011-05-28

the fans do not work at all when you press the power button! nothing happens... the fans only come on when i forcibly add power to the Power Unit and then press the power button to make it turn on

Jenelako (author)2014-11-30

wala po ba video nito.tnx sa mga sasagot

Jenelako (author)2014-11-30

panu po ba yun green wire

ShakeelI (author)2014-11-27

THANKS MR.gdaily1 your method is working good.

saqibbbbbbbb (author)2014-08-26

I Try this but no effect. i have dell 745 system.

saqibbbbbbbb (author)2014-08-26

I Try this but no effect. i have dell 745 system.

saqibbbbbbbb (author)2014-08-26

I Try this but no effect. i have dell 745 system.

chemteach1 (author)2014-01-10

Your instructions make no sense...are you on drugs?

gorilakhan (author)2013-09-20

Hi, i have same problem my dell optiplex 745, i done these step by step points. but unfortunately when i am on the point no. 10. i press the power button system is start then i shut down and remove the wire. then again start the pc. but nothing heppens. now its completly on sleep. when i tried to remove power cable then put it again and turn on power button nothing heppen. on mobo the orange light is on. but system won't start. any suggetions??? please help me...

ziarehman (author)2013-07-08

PLEASE help me i have dell 745 i also have this issue in my case amber light is solid
and i cant really understand the point 5 and onward in above fix.......

susej1 (author)2013-05-01

I have followed the steps you shared but after 9, I make the green wire "extension" to touch the PC chassis and the fan turns on and then after pressing the power button the fan stops and the blinking light appears again... any other advice?
btw thanks so much for sharing this solution steps!

lm2 (author)2013-04-12

I had the same issue with my OPTIPLEX 745... instead of cutting and soldering, i held a lighter to the green wire, melted the plastic a bit, then scraped it off to expose the wire, wrapped another wire around the exposed green wire, followed your instructions, and it worked for me as well. i am on it now and so happy, I wanted to post feedback. It did actually take about 3 power on and off cycles, but I have now shut down and restarted a few times successfully. Thanx for the post!! ( I used electrical tape to cover the exposed green wire when done)

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