Dell GX280

August 2, 2010 at 10:17:22
Specs: Windows XP, Mohterboard
When the system boots it does not post and the fan either gets gradually louder or goes immediately into jet engine speed. The power light on the front gives a solid amber glow and the diagnostic lights above the usb ports do not light up at all.

I've reseated the ram, blown out all dust particles, reset cmos, reset nvram, tried booting without HD and floppy, swapped the video card but nothing seems to help. After several hours of searching I've found numerous postings regarding faulty capacitors on motherboards of this model. I've checked the motherboards on both units and neither have blown capacitors. I am also unable to find any documentation from Dell about the motherboard recall. Can anyone provide me with alternative things to try or give me some kind of documentation from Dell?

Optiplex GX280 - 2.8 GHz SD - 512 MB (1 - DIMM) - 80 GB SATA - DVD-RW

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August 3, 2010 at 13:05:07
That recall has long since ended on 280's (I believe).

Don't just check for blown capacitors, check for bulged (even slightly) capacitors like in this pic:

CAPS in the back row are bulged, whereas shorter CAPS two rows in front of those, are perfectly flat on top and in good condition.

Just another stupid saying...

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December 5, 2010 at 21:28:25
Did u get your problem fixed?

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