I went to dell.com, ran the analizer and got four downloads

April 28, 2012 at 07:45:21
Specs: XP
DELL OPTIPLEX 280, Reved up fan after doing Dell Download of Monitor Driver. I went to dell.com, ran the analizer and got four downloads , Just before this I cleaned the inside of chassis and desmoked the fan, couldnt even hear it running, but when I did the Dell anilizer and downloaded the monitor driver, after reboot, the monitor doesnt display, I suspect the Monitor Driver, but dont have any access to the computer now since I cant see the OS or anything, Its like the monitor isnt recognized and now the fan Rev's to full RPM's, I tried to enter BIOS right when I hit power button, but nothing on monitor, any suggestions? It ran fine before the downloads with the exeption that I got a TPM component not enabled message and I know my brother did a bad re-Install of XP..

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April 28, 2012 at 07:58:52
Why are you using an "analizer"? All you need to do is go to the Dell drivers page, enter your service tag or model number, then choose the drivers you need. You should be installing drivers for the motherboard chipset, video, audio, & network. Monitors generally don't need drivers. However, any drivers you find on the Dell page will likely be outdated because your system is outdated & no longer being supported.

BTW, Optiplex 280 is an incomplete model number, there are letters that preceed 280, such as SX or GX?

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April 28, 2012 at 23:46:38
It wouldn't be drivers if nothing shows on the screen even prior to windows loading. And if it was you could probably boot to safe mode OK. Plus the continued high fan rpm indicates the bios hasn't taken over. You've got some other problem.

With the power cord removed, reseat any added cards, especially video (if it's not on-board). Make sure all the connections are correct and tight. Could you have jostled something loose while inside the case?

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May 2, 2012 at 05:57:31
YES, its a GX, How can I boot in safe mode when I cant see the screen,Does a firewire let me access the computer with my laptop? Thanks for your help, I know its outdated, But my son needs a computer and I have cancer and on a limited budget, Have to do things as cheap as I can, THANK YOU, FOR ANY HELP AND HAVE A GREAT DAY(no im not hollering, its my way of expressing graditude)

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May 3, 2012 at 00:53:16
What I meant was, if it was a driver issue you could probably boot to safe mode. Since you can't--because nothing shows on the screen--it's not drivers. Well, unless you have an old CRT monitor and it's booting so quick it's passing the posting screen before the monitor warms up. If that were the case you could still use F8 to bring up the boot menu and choose the safe mode option. By the time you did that the monitor should be able to display the page.

Does the computer give any beeps when you start it up?

Sometimes you can try clearing the cmos. I don't know why but sometimes that does it. To do that you open the case and with the power cord removed, move the jumper to the 'clear' position for a few seconds and then back to the standby position. You may need to check its manual if you can't locate the jumpers on the motherboard.

There's all kinds of ways a computer can NOT work but pretty much only one way that it will work so a problem like yours is hard to pinpoint. Other than what's already been mentioned, check my # 2 here:


There's some suggestions here too:


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