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6 long beeps Dell GX280 -- unsolved Please help auntie! I have four PCs model RB-DT-OL-Dell GX280 ? they are fairly thin and light, you can open them like a suitcase. They worked just fine, then all of a sudden I?ve heard 6 long beeps on startup of one PC, and nothing was on screen. Fan became noisy, like vacuum cleaner, and moved so violently, it scared me away. I googled out one advice ? to disconnect bios battery for 10 minutes and then put it back. Computer worked well for about 30 minutes, then again screen turned black and fan moved too fast. I put that pc aside and used hd for another computer. But in several days a second gx280 gave me exactly same problem with 6 long beeps, and soon I noticed that fan gets a little noisy on the third one. It?s getting serious now. Any ideas? Please. buddymc Rank: Guru Rating: 93%, 21 votes Hello, You may have some machines with the bad capacitor problem. Check out saome pictures from my web site at www.ccl-la.com/badcaps.htm Open your computers and see if you have any capacitors that look like the pictures. The Dell GX270's and the GX280's have the problem. There are several places on the internet that can repair your boards if you find that this is the problem. I hope this helps. Buddy Corporate Computer www.ccl-la.com Over 21 years providing PC and printer support/repair __________________________ Couldn?t wait to get back to work on monday to check capacitors out, but they look good, like brand new batteries ? flat and shiny. What else can i do to save my gx280s? Anyone in the world? Please!

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  • dustyauntie Jul 04, 2009

    Hello Buddy. I didn?t come back to this question because it makes me upset. Feel clueless. But challenge holds. Of course I checked the diagnostic light pattern ? there are no lights at all. What might be ?possible pre-BIOS failure?? Would appreciate any reply.
    Auntie.

  • dustyauntie Jul 06, 2009

    Hello Buddy. I didn?t come back to this question because it makes me upset. Feel clueless. But challenge holds. Of course I checked the diagnostic light pattern ? there are no lights at all. What might be ?possible pre-BIOS failure?? Would appreciate any reply.
    Auntie.

  • dustyauntie Jul 07, 2009

    Hello Buddy. I didn?t come back to this question because it makes me upset. Feel clueless. But challenge holds. Of course I checked the diagnostic light pattern ? there are no lights at all. What might be ?possible pre-BIOS failure?? Would appreciate any reply.
    Auntie.

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I had 1 long beep, 3 faster beeps, then 2 beeps *I think*, and also my fan was going crazy fast - like someone else said "a vacuum cleaner"...
Well, I reseated the memory and problem was gone - it did seem like the memory was kind of "loose" - perhaps from shipping (bought this used).
The link to Dell's website was good for the beeps AND the "ABCD" codes reading on the back. Thanks very much! God Bless.

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Reseat the ram and restart the computer the beeping should stop.

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Hello again,
If the capacitors that I told you about look good then try this link to Dell's web site <click here> The web page on Dell's site details beep codes and also the LED codes hat are displayed on the bad of the PC near the keyboard plug. Let me know if this info helps.
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Had this today on a opti gx-280. Got the beeps (6) reseated the memory (2X512) nope. Moved the memory to the other two slots...nope. Removed one stick of memory Yes got no beeps and a boot. Guess I'll run on 512 til they send me some more memory...

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An optiplex GX280 giving out 6 long beeps could be a problem with the memory.
A bios update will deal with the spinning of the fan. if a bios update will not fix the spinning fan
try replacing the fan,if it does fix the problem.It will boil down to a motherboard replacement.

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You may have some machines with the bad capacitor problem. Check out saome pictures from my web site at www.ccl-la.com/badcaps.htm Open your computers and see if you have any capacitors that look like the pictures. The Dell GX270's and the GX280's have the problem. There are several places on the internet that can repair your boards if you find that this is the problem. I hope this helps.

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