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Hard Disk Drive Access Indicator Blinking - even when off

By equestrian975
Jun 12, 2008
  1. I own an eMachine Model T2792.

    Starting 2 days ago, the Hard Drive Access Indicator light is on steady when the computer is on, but blinking when the computer is off. I tried turning the computer on and off a couple of times, unplugging and to no avail the light continues to blink when the computer is off.

    Does anyone have any feedback or means to correct this situation?
    Please let me know if you need more detail.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    A monitor light will blink when it's off, being in stanby mode. If the power is fully turned off, the monitor may still blink for up to a minute (usually less) then fully turn off.

    Is this what you mean?
     
  3. equestrian975

    equestrian975 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No - it is not the monitor. It is on the tower itself just below the power button - the hard Disk Drive Access Indicator light blinks. I have had the computer 3 or 4 years now and this is a new "thing" that never happened before.
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    It's in stanby (suspend) mode (the computer this time)

    Start your computer
    Press the key (DEL or F2 or other) that gets you into CMOS settings
    Confirm the power options, don't say suspend, but actually Turn Off
    Save and Exit
     
  5. equestrian975

    equestrian975 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I will try when I get home from work - thanks.
     
  6. equestrian975

    equestrian975 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the computer is not in standby - it is off.

    I could not get into CMOS with the instructions you gave. so I was unable to do what you said.
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Had to search around for what the correct function key is to get into your CMOS settings

    Try F11 at computer startup

    Hopefully there is a restore defaults (or similar) area
    Save and exit

    Test again
     
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