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How to get side panel off Dell GX280 minitower?

I know how to get the one, easily accessible side panel off my GX280 minitower, but how do i get the other one off? I don't see any obvious latches/etc. to do this, nor have i had any luck with Dell's irritatingly inadequate case documentation. Can anyone point to clear instructions or just point out what i'm doing wrong?

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  • ams0478 Mar 12, 2009

    Thanks for the responses. I know there's the latch for the one side, but there isn't for the other side. It may just be part of the case and therefore not removable...?

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There should be buttons on both sides of the machine. The cover does not come off. It opens like a hood of a car

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Depending on which chassis you have, here are the two documents for the mini-towers for opening the case:

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx280/en/ug/smtcvrop.htm

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx280/en/ug/mtcvrop0.htm

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Dell Optiplex GX280 has very high processor fan noise.


Hi
Generally Dells run very quietly, so there are three possible problems here.
The first is that excessive noise can be caused by the fans having to run faster than usual to keep the temperature down. In this case you need to check and make sure that all the airways and interior of the computer are clean and clear of dust, which can build up in such a way as to seriously obstruct airflow. If this doesn't help there are normally at least 2 fans in the computer, one for the CPU chip and the other in the Power Supply. If it definitely one of these the only real way to cure it is to replace whichever is causing the problem.
You can download a very comprehensive manual for the GX280 here:
Product Support Dell US

by clicking on the "Users' Guide" link. This will download a pdf file which can be saved to your drive for future reference. The manual contains detailed instructions for these types of things, easily accessed by an interactive menu system.
Since this is quite an elderly system, you may find, that after pricing any replacements necessary to cure the noise, it makes more economic sense to put the cash towards a more up-to-date system.
Hope this is helpful, if so would you please register that with Fixya
Cheers

Nov 27, 2014 | Dell PC Desktops

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Im wondering if I can put th processor from my 518 in my GX280


With the flood of information you posted I can barely sift through it

Do I assume you are referring to a Dell Inspiron 518 desktop computer's, processor; to go into a Dell Optiplex GX280 desktop computer?

You know Dell is a computer company that was founded on the principle, to give the customer what they wanted; and to be able to choose from several options.

That being stated, in reality I have no idea of what Processor is in YOUR Dell Inspiron 518, or Optiplex GX280.

However, if I am to assume the specs (Specifications), shown in the following link to be true; for Your computer, then the answer is NO,

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-inspiron-518/4505-3118_7-33186145.html

States an Intel Quad Core Q6600 processor.
(Operates at a maximum frequency rate {'Speed'} of 2.4GigaHertz.
2.4GHz )

Now let's look at the Dell Optiplex GX280 specifications,

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-optiplex-gx280/4507-3118_7-30998912.html

Both the Inspiron 518, and the Optiplex GX280 use an LGA 775 processor socket, on the motherboard.

This is good because both the Intel Quad Core Q6600, and the Intel Pentium 4, model 540; use the LGA 775 processor socket,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_T

What is Not good, is the motherboard chipset used on the Optiplex GX280, will Not support a dual core processor; much less a quad core processor.

The motherboard chipset for the Optiplex GX280 is an Intel 915G,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Pentium_4.2FPentium_D.2FPentium_EE_chipsets

The Intel 915G chipset supports Single Core processors -> ONLY.
Intel Pentium 4, or Intel Celeron D.

Front Side Bus (FSB) support is either 533MegaHertz, or 800MHz.

The Intel Celeron D is NOT a dual core processor,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Celeron#Prescott-256

"The Intel Celeron D processor works with the Intel 845 and 865 chipset families.

The D suffix actually has no official designation, and does not indicate that these models are dual-core.

It is used simply to distinguish this line of Celeron from the previous, lower performing Northwood and Willamette series, and also from the mobile series, the Celeron M (which also uses 3xx model numbers).
Unlike the Pentium D the Celeron D is NOT a dual core processor."

The Inspiron 518 has an Intel G33 motherboard chipset,

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-inspiron-518/4507-3118_7-33186145.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Core_2_chipsets

Scroll down to G33 in the left column.
Read across, and look at the headings above.

Here we see the Intel G33 motherboard chipset, supports dual core, and quad core processors.
Intel Pentium Dual Core, Intel Core 2 Duo, and Intel Core 2 Quad.

Front Side Bus (FSB) support is for processors, that have either an 800MegaHertz FSB, or 1066MHz FSB, or 1333MHz FSB.

Short answer?

If it is a dual core, or quad core Intel processor, the answer is NO.

Do you know how to find out what processor is in the Inspiron 518, and the Optiplex GX280?

1) Are the computers working, and internet ready?

No?

2) Do you know about Anti-Static Procedures, and how to read the sSpec number on the processor?

Post back in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Mar 12, 2013 | PC Desktops

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The computer dose not turn on.when i push the power button the cpu fan speed up and the speed of fan is going on.there is no video on the monitor.


This is a response I gave to someone else with a similar issue.

May be serious. See if the power light goes amber after power up. I had (have - still siting in my basement - gx280 minitower) one that did same. Power up, fans sound like 747 taking off. Power light goes amber. This is USUALLY caused by bad capacitors on the mother board. Known GX280 problem going back. If you look on the motherboard, the capacitors should have flat tops and not leaking. If the are rounded or leaking, the MB has probably gone bad.

I obviously can not be 100% sure about this as the unit is not here.

You can google this and see the issues. Here is one such link.

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/19253544/19414291.aspx

Dec 24, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop

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Dell gx280. F2 does not access bios.


Are you sure it's not another sequence to get there? try esc or altF1 or just hold a key down until it comes to the point where it says " stuck key, remove and hit.... to go to BIOS ".

Mar 21, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop

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Cant access internet via router on gx280 dell using ehternet cable, I have installed ethernet controller is there some setting i have to set up


if you are able to browse the internet using a modem and not using a router then the issue is not with the comp.., try using a different cable which has a different arrangement of the wires inside.., it will work..,.

Mar 03, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop

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I have a dell optiplex minitower that cpu fan run


its good to have faster fan for the processor to make the processor rurs cooler. but if you wish to have a slower amper level, and compatible for the pc.

Nov 07, 2009 | PC Desktops

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How to open it to clean it


small form factor desktop cases. With these you just push the buttons at the back on each side of the case and it lifts up there's a button on each side of the case towards the back.. press in and pull open the case, it's easier to open one side at a time.

(it's a hinged case design, lifts at the back and hinges at the front.)

hope this helps

Nov 06, 2009 | Dell GX280 Tower PC Desktop

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Dell GX280 Dextop: Very Low volume on Headphones


Are these USB headphones? If so, you must install them first and let the Device Manager confirm they are properly installed. Next, go to sound properties in control panel, select the headphones, and crank the volume within Windows. Finally, crank the volume controls on the headphones themselves. If they are not USB headphones, then the same sound jacks that allow speakers to be connected should allow the headphones to work.

Mar 21, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop

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Can I access the internet wirelessly with a desktop pc?


Theoretically, yes. you'll just need to install the correct driver on the dell and know what you're doing when you install the wifi card.

Mar 08, 2009 | Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop

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