20 Most Recent Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop Questions & Answers


That GX280 is today 14 years old and came new with XP right>
still stuck at XP? if yes, doom is all there is.
XP is (as you learned) a huge virus magnet.(worse every day)
some were built with windows 2000, win2k, hopeless extreme...
windows xp recovery or restore fails because sure the recover software is corrupted and infected too, so erasing HDD is the only path as your discovered. (page 30 in your manual at dell will fail)
but not the dell disk install same page.
BTW , ive never seen an XP PC not infected, ever..... so..... bingo.
.
ever google.?
older post but and others will find this useful.
There are many pitfalls to OS installs I will bullet them.

  • The HDD is bad, (but if only infected it will be erased first)
  • Your PC has OEM COA license from Dell for MS windows.
  • Using most Microsoft install media will fail using your COA.
  • W7 will fail, W10 used to work this way but not now.
  • You failed to buy your DELL windows media kit long ago so is lost or gone or, never bought.
  • that means you have 2 choices, buy new windows 7 or 10 or run linux, I am sure you will not wont to run free linux. Ubuntu v17
  • SO buy windows 10-32b, (say) from MS.com and install it.
  • During the install , pick custom or advance setup and delete all partitions. click CUSTOM now. see links below.
  • then do as it says here.
  • https://www.groovypost.com/howto/clean-install-Windows-10/
  • then do the full install, as documented at microsoft dot com.
  • end story but not all pit falls,
  • Pit fall 1 is HDD is bad, fails Crystaldiskinfo , app.
  • or fails Linux demo boot, run disktests and fails.
  • on dead pc, I run this.
  • http://www.pcdied.com/linux.html#smart
  • if the C6 (198.) is not ZERO, the HDD IS NO GOOD AT ALL.
  • All drives (most) end up like this, runs but has no spare sectors left and can no longer self heal itself, and is a bad HDD.
  • Better is to upgrade to SSD, for sure , you will never go back to HDD ever again I promise.!!!

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Aug 17, 2018


It's a pretty common issue with the 270 & 280. More times than not it is blown capacitors at the root of the problem. Replacing the caps is simple if you know how to solder very well & makes for an easy fix. Also, make sure you're pushing enough power through your supply.

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Sep 18, 2017


Use your system restore disks to repair your computer since the OS is FUBAR
Without those disks you are SOL. And if you never made them or lost them, now you have learned first hand why it is so important to have them.
Go to the dell site and see if they have your original OS in an iso file for installation. If so that will save your sorry b---.

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Sep 09, 2017


Do the fans run? If not the power supply is most likely bad. Hopefully it didn't trash the motherboard, memory and any installed cards. If you can't hear the hard drives spinning up, then it has to be the power supply

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Aug 14, 2016


Paul,

Hi....The Dimension 5000 is definitely an older machine, but depending on what you plan to use it for and assuming everything still works ok, the PC can still be useful. You can still get parts for the machine, especially if you go to Ebay. www.ebay.com

For everyday computing like word processing or spreadsheets, it should still work ok, but will be slower than a newer machine.

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Jul 17, 2015


Paulji786,
Below are the specs you requested on these 2 systems.
Optiplex GX280
Memory
Type
400 & 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
400 & 533 MHzMemory connectors
small form-factor computer: 2small desktop computer: 4desktop computer: 4small mini-tower computer: 4mini-tower computer: 4
Memory capacities
128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC
Minimum memory
dual-channel: 256 MBsingle-channel: 128 MB
Maximum memory
small form-factor computer: 2 GBsmall desktop computer: 4 GBdesktop computer: 4 GBsmall mini-tower computer: 4 GBmini-tower computer: 4 GB
BIOS address
F0000h
Dimension 5000
Type 400- and 533-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM
Memory connectors four
Memory capacities 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC
Minimum memory 256 MB
Maximum memory 4 GB
System clock 800-MHz data rate
Memory speed

Thank You,
Dell-Jesse L
Dell Social Media and Communities

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Jul 15, 2015


Hi Asfand,

My name is Pradeep and I work for Dell's Social Media Team.
Please let us know the issue details we can check what best can be done to address your concern.

Pradeep Lokesh
Social Media and Community Professional
Order Status: http://del.ly/61822hij
Download Drivers: http://del.ly/61832hid

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Jul 06, 2015


Windows XP has EOL April 2014 suggest another version!

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Mar 02, 2015


It happens because the power supply is overheats and computer goes to standby. The power supply is 160w or lower. Specially it will happen if you put more devices in such as video card or sound card. So the only solution you have is to place a small 1or2 fans toward the power supply to make it cooler. And 1 more thing the power for the fans should come from other sources.

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Feb 19, 2015


THIS IS NORMAL. AMBER LIGHT IS SHOWING ACTIVITY ON THE HARD DRIVE

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Feb 17, 2015


Need to Change the Motherboard, it's blown out

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Oct 22, 2014


Its telling you that a cable is loose


Other failure has
occurred.
• Ensure that the cables are properly
connected to the system board from
the hard drive, CD drive, and DVD
drive.
• Check the computer message that
appears on your monitor screen.

click here and go to page 5
http://cms.springbranchisd.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=CpNj5Xk679I%3D&tabid=4319&mid=9311


here is the manual to this computer so you can look inside and see the cables
http://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_optiplex_desktop/optiplex-gx280_user%27s%20guide_en-us.pdf

hope that helps

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Aug 13, 2014


Make sure your bios is set to boot from cd and use a bootable installation cd.

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Jul 19, 2014


im assuming your computer running windows, does it go inside windows b4 it will restart? common causes regarding this problem are corrupted operating system or over heat on your processor and incompatble softwares such as firewalls and antivirus.

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on Jun 23, 2014


I had the same thing happen on my Dell. I found the processor was bad,

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on May 29, 2014


Either your hard disk drive or the controller on the motherboard is bad or your OS (operating system software,i.e. Windows 7) is corrupted and needs to be re-installed.

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on May 18, 2014


Is something broken?

If it isn't, don't fix it.
You should be ok not updating.

Dell OptiPlex... | Answered on May 18, 2014

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