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Indications of a no post
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Most likely a bad motherboard due to failed capacitors

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The gx280 has a problem with the cpu clamp use to hold the cpu down. It applies to much pressure o one side causing the other side to lift. Remove the top clamp and replace tha heat sink without the clamp and it should work fine.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010

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    Ok well as soon as you remove the heat sink there should be a lever that lift up in order to remove the processor. The actual clamp that the lever pulls down applies too much pressure on the processor. Remove the clamp that holds down the processor.

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the fan should be replaced (fan sensor is no good)

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SOURCE: optiplex GX280 - loud fan at start up and amber

Hi,
Most likely you have a bad Power Supply, replace your power supply
Thanks

DiegoTech

Posted on Nov 14, 2010

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OK, I use GX280s as home servers and ran into a similar problem with one of them...

The problem may be serious and not worth fixing (motherboard).

Turn power on
Fan(s) come on full power, sounds like a jet engine, or eventually gets that loud.

See if you power light has gone amber.

You get nothing on the screen, no Dell splash screen/post, nothing.

This is what I posted a while back concerning the above. Obviously I cannot bee 100% certain as I do not have your box in front of me. This a known issue.

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See if the power light goes amber after power up. I had (have - still siting in my basement) one that did same. Power up, fans go full blast . Power light goes and stays 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. Bottom line this is usually a defective motherboard. Mine was a bad caps issue, you issue could be different, but it does sound like the motherboard.

You can google "gx280 solid amber light loud fan" and see the issues. Here is one link.

http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/111476-gx280-solid-amber-light-and-loud-fan

I just replaced one of my old 280s with a dual core Dell Precision 390 workstation for about $118, and that included shipping, off of ebay.

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See if the power light goes amber after power up. I had (have - still siting in my basement) one that did same. Power up, fans go full blast . Power light goes and stays 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 "gx280 solid amber light loud fan" and see the issues. Here is one such link.

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

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May be serious. See if the power light goes amber after power up. I had (have - still siting in my basement) one that did same. Power up, fans sound like 747 taking off. Power light goes and stays 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 "gx280 solid amber light loud fan" and see the issues. Here is one such link.

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

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I have dell optiplex GX280 when i press the power button i dont get any display and cpu fan reach to its max speed how can i fix this prob?


May be serious. See if the power light goes amber after power up. I had (have - still siting in my basement) 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

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Optiplex GX280 - loud fan at start up and amber power light - does not boot


Hi,
Most likely you have a bad Power Supply, replace your power supply
Thanks

DiegoTech

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Apply pressure on the heat sink fan right before you press the power button and continue applying pressure. Watch your screen if you see it boot this means its a problem with your processor clamp that applies pressure to the processor. Try to remove the top part of the clamp. Shouldn't be too hard with some needle nose pliers. Then just replace the heat sink and fan with out that clamp.  

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Confirm no leaking or bulging capacitors on your mothboard.
refer to here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague

As this was a common problem with the GX280.
If found, you will need to replace the capacitors.

The other check is to make sure the heatsink is fitted correctly, perhaps reaply the thermal paste if you have any. I know that high temps would switch the GX280 off.

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You may have a problem with your power supply(the loud fan noise) and eventually it may get too hot and will cause problems like not fully booting.

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