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The computer would not go on onle a orange light is in the start button instead of the regular green light

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  • dhakx Feb 29, 2008

    how can i install the bios without going to the windows?

  • maryls Mar 26, 2008

    I have a 280 a few days ago I kept hearing a beeping but could not figure out where it was coming from. Then today I have a black screen and a blinking yellow light inside by the on switch. Someone suggested a video card? Any other ideas? I did try another monitor bur same thing. Thanks

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You should see a set of four lights on the back of the computer. They are dianostic lights that can give you a better idea of what's going on with the computer. Press the power button and look at how these lights are displayed. Here is a link to the errors assiociated with each light code: http://mss.net/Links/DellDocs/OptiGX260/UserGuide/solvprob.htm#1167139

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Reference the Power LED States
Dell OptiPlex and Dimension computers and Dell Precision workstations have incorporated the use of the multi-state power button LED as a hardware status indicator. The power button LED illuminates in two different colors and can also blink, which allows for indication of five different system operation states. (Table 1)
LED State
System State
Steady Yellow The power supply is functioning, but the system is not processing data. This may indicate an issue with the system board or CPU. Blinking Yellow The power supply is receiving power from the source but is unable to properly distribute it to the components. This may indicate a power supply problem. Steady Green This generally indicates that the system is functioning normally. However, if problems are detected with installed components, the system may initiate a beep code. Blinking Green The system is in a Standby ACPI state. Off The system power is off.

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The computer would not go on onle a orange light is in the start button instead of the regular green light. how can i fix this?


An amber power light that stays on indicates that the power supply is getting power to the motherboard, but the system can't process any data.

This is one of those cases where you would need to strip down the system and start with minimal hardware installed.
First remove all the PCI cards and the memory, as well as disconnecting the drives, to see if the system gives a beep code for no memory.
Next, add back the memory, one stick at a time if you have two in the computer. Connect the hard drive back to the system and see if it will boot up from this configuration. If not, then if you are using the onboard video, try an add in PCI video card.
If it still will not boot then the problem is likely to be the hard drive, mother board or processor.
You would want to try another hard drive to test. If you can boot from this configuration, then add back the other drives one at a time, then do the same with the PCI cards. At the point where the symptom returns, that will tell you which part is causing the issue.


Here is the manual
http://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_optiplex_desktop/optiplex-gx260_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf

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My Dell Optiplex gx260 Pentium 4 Flat CPU doesn't Display anything, and Power light is Orange.. Please help me out


You say the power light is orange--I'm assuming that you mean the monitor.
This indicates the monitor is not receiving a signal from the computer.
Assuming that the computer actually powers up (fan runs, you can hear the hard drive being accessed, etc) then your problem lies in the video card.

If, on startup, you do see the BIOS info and maybe even the Windows splash screen before your monitor goes dark, then the problem lies in the video card drivers. In this case, starting in safe mode will work and allow you to download and install new drivers.

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My dell gx260 ligth come green if i turn it on but for a few mins time it turn orange why


Do you mean the monitor's power light starts green and then turns orange when you turn it on? Most monitors will go to a power saving mode when they do not get a signal from the computer.

The Dell GX260 has a green power light when on. When the computer is off, the light is off. If it is green and blinking, then the computer is in a power saving mode.

Diagnosis: start with the obvious: is the monitor cable plugged into both the computer and the monitor (if not permanently connected to the monitor)? Are you connected to the active port? (You can add a video graphics card in most desktops. The motherboard video port usually needs to be disabled to use the card ports. If you plug in the monitor cable to the disabled port, it won't work.) Is the monitor set to the correct input? (This applies if the monitor has several ports. In that case, there will be a Source or Input button on the monitor.) Is the computer on? The GX260 has the power button on the front. (Other computers have the power button on the top.) There is also the power supply switch on the back which needs to be on.

Next try a different data cable between the monitor and the computer (if you can). Try a different monitor. If a second monitor works, than the monitor has a damaged main board. If the second monitor doesn't work, then the video graphics adapter has probably failed. Replace the add-on card, if in use, then boot in the safe mode to remove the old graphics driver. Then install the correct driver for the graphics adapter.

Note: the computer and the monitor should both be off when you connect the cables. Then turn on the monitor first and set it to the correct source before turning on the computer.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

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It depends on the color, if it's green or amber. This may indicate the computer is in sleep mode. Press the power button to see if you can turn on the pc. If it doesn't press and hold power button for five seconds. You may give more details. I hope this helps

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Open up the case and remove any add in cards and memory modules. Try to start up by adding these back one at a time until the unit stops booting normally. The light combination is not one recognised in the user manual so I am guessing you have a non-descript fault with one of your components. Be careful when you open the case as to not disturb the ribbon to the motherboard which controls the power, I have had a very long experience trying to get one of these reconnected!

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when did you purchase the computer? you might try to call dell for support..one thing I suggest,try to check the cables including the power supply cables..

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I had the same issue and accidentally discovered a temporary solution. Unplug the power from the back of the machine, open the case and unplug the ATX power connection from the motherboard. With the ATX cable unplugged, plug the power cord back in. When you try to turn the computer back on the power light should turn orange and fans should be spinning, with it powered on plug the ATX connector back in. That should turn the computer off. Turn it back on and it should boot fine. You can even shutdown and restart, but when the power is unplugged you will have to go thru the same process to get it back up. This sounds crazy but it worked on mine. Good Luck!

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