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Support I have dell optiplex GX280 series(4 in number).They were working well for about a year.what happens now is that,whenever I am switching on the pc it goes on well up to the Bios setup.But by the time it tries to load the os(win xp) from the hard disk to the RAM,there is a big noise heared and everything crashes there. I have tried many options such as changing the hard disk,the fan and heat sink,the processor,and even the power supply,but these don't help me much.Only using the PATA and win 98 was a solution I'm able to get,but I need to use win xp and the SATA. thanks in advance for your help.

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Hi Chery Regarding the posted solution to your problem re using an erasor to clean the gold plated RAM contacts I have no issue with this post as such as it was good advice, except never use an erasor to clean gold plated contacts ! The reason? An erasor is an abrasive tool that will definately remove the gold plating and reduce its long term reliability (if youve alreay done it, look at the contacts with a strong magnifier and see what I mean!) One large, international computer company had excellent employee relationships, but they would sack you immediately if you used an erasor to clean any of their companies gold plated products ! Instead use an alcohol soaked lint free clean soft cloth and rub the contacts with this. Avoid touching the contacts wth your fingers etc as deposited oils will lead to more problems later. You used to be able to buy prepackaged alcohol soaked cotton wool "buds" which are similar to the cleaning "wands" used to clean the heads on mainframe hard disk heads and video vcr heads and these are an alternative. Try your local chemist Good luck to you hpxref

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Pleasure in advance. ok, it sounds like the computer is having a very hard time. this massive falure can be caused by many things, heat stress, component faluire, etc... but as its getting through the post, i suggest the problem lies, in either the HDD, partition, IDE CABLE, and/or RAM. take the ram out and being carfull for the clips! take a soft eraser, pencil eraser and gently rub the glod connectors on the RAM and when it shines up replace the RAM and find old or new IDE cables and replace thoes, checking for broken pins on the HDD or on the motherboard. if everything stull doesnt work, look here: (pdf) for further understanding and troubble shooting and possibly reload the BIOS at: good luck !

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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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

"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,

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?


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

Post back in a Comment.


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4GB is the max if you replace all the sticks.

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inform me of what happened after you have done this.

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