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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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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 | Computers & Internet

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Can not find jumper switch for Dell GX280 to remove password.Where do I find it or is there another way?


Hi there, For the GX280, you don't use a jumper to reset the BIOS password. You can reset the BIOS by pulling out the motherboard battery. The battery is on the opposite side of the external ports, and is flat and silver.
Power down and unplug the computer, then remove the battery for 10 seconds. Put the battery back in, then power up the computer. There should no longer be a password. If it is a Windows password you are talking about, you will need to reinstall Windows. Please let me know if that is the case. Alex

Jun 04, 2011 | Dell Optiplex GX280 (99301) Motherboard

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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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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 | Computers & Internet

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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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I want to know what type of grapjic card dell gx280 desktop uses?


You can use a graphics card, instead of the integrated graphics.
The GX280 Desktop supports a PCI Express x16 Video Card.
The Maximum memory supported, is
Small desktop computer, 4 GB
Desktop computer, 4 GB
The GX280 specifications and service manual is http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx280/en/ug/index.htm
let me know how that work for you and please do not forget to rate my service so we can improve on it with your help. God bless

Sep 28, 2009 | Dell (E210882) Motherboard

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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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GX280 board drivers for Windows Vista


i have installed vista... and i have found audio driver for my dell optilex gx280.. her is the link
http://www.getpcmemory.com/drivers/download-dell-optiplex-gx280-desktop-pc-windows-xp-vista-drivers/
but i am unable to find the video graphic driver for vista :(

Dec 12, 2008 | Dell Optiplex GX280 (99301) Motherboard

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