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DELL Optiplex GX280 PC don't boot

Intel(r) Grantsdale-G PCI Accelerated SVGA BIOS
Build Number: 3314 PC Dev 04/12/2004 17:02:24
DECOMPILATION OR DISASSEMBLY PROHIBITED
Copyright (C) 2000-2003 Intel Corp. All Rights Reserved

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  • sblakely Oct 06, 2008

    I have the same issue and am not very technical....can someone help??

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    I have about 40 of the Dell Optiplex gx-280 minitowers and every one of the motherboards have gone bad - blown capacitors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dell would not replace them until they showed signs of leakage - even though everyone new they all would eventually go bad since I bought them all at the same time. Know they are out of warranty and I'm having trouble with the remanufactured ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • prashant1434 Apr 09, 2009

    i have sameproblem

  • dio dcs May 11, 2010

    More details please

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This is what I did & it worked to solve this error message on my Dell Optiples GX-280. Intel(r) Grantsdale-G PCI Accelerated SVGA BIOS
Build Number: 3314 PC Dev 04/12/2004 17:02:24
DECOMPILATION OR DISASSEMBLY PROHIBITED
Copyright (C) 2000-2003 Intel Corp. All rights reserved. I uninstalled all the ram except for one chip. I rebooted the system to to see if the one chip worked (ready to repeat the process if it didn't & thinking maybe it could also have a bad ram slot). The 1st chip worked & it went right into bios(clapping hands!!!) I then turned off & on the system...each time adding a new ram chip to see if any were bad, but to my surprise...none were...they all worked just fine after that(clapping hands & shaking head!!!)! Just to let you know...I had 4 sticks of DDR-2 4200 in it when I did all this...I know I know...it takes DDR-3200, but it will just clock it down to 3200 & still works just fine...trust me. Computer works fine now with no error messages what so ever...hope that helps~; )

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

  • munnacon2004 Feb 15, 2011

    thanks this worked for me.......... :-)

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Please check for leaking or bulging caps on the motherboard on the system since the model is one of the affected optiplex systems. If so, you may have to call dell for replacement if it is still under warranty, if not, then you may have to contact any local computer shops to purchase motherboard (if available) or if you are techy enough some people were able to manage replace the capacitors themselves or ask for recommendation from Dell tech support on where to purchase the motherboard.

if there are no leaking nor bulging capacitors on the motherboard, please reseat components (hard drive, memory except for cpu), try known good components as much as possible and also the power supply coz these seems to be what causing the issue for system not booting.

I hope this one help.....

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I didn't have my memory in matching pairs, slots, etc, duh... putting it in correctly fixed it for me. http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx280/en/ug/memory02.htm

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I had the same issue. System would not boot all LED's on the back were blinking and none would remain on. I grabed another system that was working correctly and started swapping out parts. When I swapped with a good power supply system booted normally. I found some decent OEM replacement P/S here.
http://www.affordablesurplus.com/dell-PS-5251-2DFS-0F0894-power-supply-250.asp

Hope this helps.

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Check your memory as well! Could be the wrong memory type

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