If you have an orange light on your motherboard, don’t panic! This is a common issue for people who are using the latest Intel processors. The article will explain what this means and how to fix it.
What is the orange light on my motherboard?
If you have an orange light on your motherboard, don’t panic! This is a common issue for people who are using the latest Intel processors.
This is a sign that there’s a problem with the power supply. If it stays orange, this means that the problem hasn’t been solved and it will likely cause problems with your computer – usually random shutdowns or reboots – but it shouldn’t be anything too drastic. However, if the light blinks between orange and green, you could have serious problems with your PC.
Common causes for an orange light on a motherboard
Dust can accumulate around the CPU and cause a short circuit between different pins on your motherboard, which will then trigger an error message from the power supply to let you know that something is going wrong. This usually happens when people put their PC in a dusty environment without realizing it.
You should always keep your PC in a clean environment whenever possible – this may mean buying a desk or cabinet to keep it in, if you don’t have one already.
CPU fan not running at full speed
If your CPU fan isn’t working properly, this could be another reason why the orange light is coming up. You’ll need to get into your BIOS and check what speed the fan needs to be running at for everything to function correctly – just put the lowest speed possible for your CPU fan to work.
Power supply not supplying enough watts
This might be due to an older power supply, or one that is broken in some way. If it can’t provide 400 watts on its own, this will affect the motherboard’s ability to run properly and cause either of these error lights to come up on your motherboard.
This applies even if you have a new power supply – for example, if it has 4 cables but you’re only using 2 of them, then it won’t be able to give the system enough power. Make sure all of your cables are correctly attached at all times! If there’s still no change after doing this, try getting another p (if you’ve checked that you have all the connections in place and that your power supply is working properly, then you might need to get a new one altogether.
It’s also possible that your motherboard may not compatible with 400 watts. This happens sometimes if people try to use an older motherboard with a newer power supply, for example – you’ll need to upgrade your power supply as well if this is the case.
How to fix an orange light on a motherboard?
This should be a relatively straightforward procedure, as long as you know what you’re doing.
The first step is to check whether or not all of your connections are in place. You’ll need to check the power cables, data cables, fans etc. If you’ve checked all of these and there’s still no change, then it may be worth getting a replacement motherboard.
It’s also possible that your motherboard is simply incompatible with 400 watts (or whatever wattage your power supply is). This happens sometimes if people try to use an older motherboard with a newer power supply, for example – you’ll need to upgrade your power supply as well if this is the case.
Make sure all of your connections are correctly placed at all times
If you keep putting the incorrect parts together (e.g. putting in different sized screws), this leads to problems like these. Always make sure you’re using the right components for your PC, otherwise, this can lead to overheating or other issues later on which will prevent your computer from working properly.
It’s also possible that your power supply is broken in some way – either it doesn’t have enough cables or if there’s an issue with one of its components that means it cannot provide 400 watts by itself. If you’re sure that you have all of t connections are in place and that your power supply is working properly, then you might need to get a new one altogether.
You’ll need to either update your BIOS or update the chipset drivers for your motherboard.
For a BIOS update, just go to the manufacturer’s website and find the correct download page for your specific model – they often have utilities that will allow you to flash your BIOS without relying on Windows. If it tells you which file is needed, download this first.
If there are no utilities available, use the steps below:
- Get an old USB stick (plug it into one of the USB ports at the back of your PC – NOT one of the front ones) and put some files on it – usually these will be in .ISO format, but you can just download them if they aren’t. You’ll also need to download the latest BIOS update (or at least one that’s compatible with your motherboard) from the manufacturer’s website.
- Reboot your computer and go into its BIOS by pressing ESC or Delete (depending on what your particular motherboard requires).
- Go to “Boot” or “Advanced Options” (again, this depends on each PC), then set USB drive as first boot option. It should now reboot, but before it does, switch back to the main menu of your BIOS and disable this option again.
- The computer should boot into Windows – don’t touch anything; let it load up fully before doing anything else.
- Go to Device Manager and check if your chipset drivers are up to date. If they’re not, get the appropriate ones from the manufacturer’s website and install them.
- Reboot your PC again and this time it should go into the BIOS automatically when you start it up. You’ll need to change back to booting from a hard drive instead of USB for this one, so just follow the same steps as before (putting USB drive at first in Boot Options, rebooting computer and disabling that option again).
- Once it’s rebooted, press F12 or Del after Windows has loaded up and choose USB stick in menu that pops up. The BIOS installer will now run – just let it do its stuff until you see “Install Successful”.
- Reboot your computer, but this time you can remove the USB stick after Windows has fully loaded up. It should now boot into Windows without any problems! 🙂
The chipset drivers will be updated, allowing your motherboard to recognize more power supply variations and giving it the ability control the fan speeds better (which is what’s causing the orange light – but don’t worry about this too much if you’ve already fixed it).
when to contact technical support to resolve orange light on motherboard
When you have an issue with your motherboard, it will usually be due to one of the reasons I have listed above. Problems are most often caused by old or incompatible power supplies, dust build-up around or on components, or by not having the correct chipset drivers installed on your computer. If you don’t know what chipset drivers are, they are responsible for controlling how each component in your computer interacts with other ones – so if Windows is telling you that there’s a problem with them then this is probably why.
If none of these things work, then it might be time to contact technical support for some help! You’ll need to make sure that it’s actually something wrong with your motherboard before contacting them though.