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My dell optiplex will boot and says enter system password and i try to type it in but it dosent show words not even dots its a dell optiplex gx280

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You are probably using a usb keyboard....plug in the ps2 keyboard(the round one) and it will pick it up.Some wont have the correct drivers for themy dell optiplex will boot - afterhourspc_1.jpg usb until it boots. PS2 LOOKS LIKE THE ONE ON THE LEFT AND USB IS ON THE RIGHT.

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Click OK. Write this password down and store it in a secure place. I do not recommend that a password hint be used.


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Hello there,

For clarifications of your problem.

May I know if the password was a System Password or Windows Administrator Password.?

Let me know here again. I'll be glad to assist you again.

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You can download drivers for your PC from Dell's professional website. Click on free drivers download, enter your model number and operating system. Download all drivers you want.

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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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You hit that one right on the dot.  ATI website showed the specs for that graphics card you installed as needing a 300 Watt power supply.  Good news though... I researched newegg.com and I believe I found your 300W power supply.  There are 4 different Optiplex gx280 designs with 4 completely different power supplies.  Since you bought the low-profile video card, I believe you have the slim computer case and this power supply should work for you...
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Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.

Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted.

When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console.

When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.

At the command prompt, type chkdsk /r , and then press ENTER.

At the command prompt, type exit , and then press ENTER to restart your computer.

The system should boot back into Windows.

If that doesn't work follow the above steps again but after you type the Administrator password ...

At the command prompt, type fixmbr and continue the next two steps.

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The power supply might be defective, but usually this means a bad system board. Any other kinds of problems would allow the system to at least boot, but this one isn't getting even that far.

Unfortunately, the Dell case uses a proprietary motherboard, so you will need to get the same one if you want to replace it.

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