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Suddenly, no port lights light up any more. The only lights coming on are the status LEDs on the left of the switch, all are solid amber. Is it dead? Have tried a new power cable. Same happens even if all patch cables are removed.

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When you connect to the console and watch it boot, what do you see? – MDMarra Nov 2 '12 at 14:31
In a console I get no output at all. Just solid amber lights. – Name Nov 2 '12 at 14:53
She's dead, Jim. – SpacemanSpiff Nov 2 '12 at 15:19
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Bad news.

It's failing its boot-time diagnostic in a very bad way, which means it is dead.

I hope for your sake it's still under warranty. Else its going to cost money.

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