Problem with the Dell gx 280 optiplex Windows XP computer
I have a problem booting the system up. There is an error message that reads "Alert! Previous attempts at booting this computer have failed. The error message is [Ithr] and to contact a Dell customer represenative to solve this problem." Any idea what the problem is and how to fix it?
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1.You have a corrupted boot sector on your hard drive. 2.you will need to format the drive and then re-install the Operating System. 3. If you are not able to do this then a new hard drive is needed. 4. install a anti virus program after installing the operating system
To reinstall Xp from the CD you need to press F2 and go into the BIOS then select the boot order configuration and make the CD the first boot device and the hard disk the second boot device.
After installing XP, if you wish you can go back into the BIOS and change the boot order to boot from the hard disk first.
Turn on the system, as soon as the Dell Splash screen appears on the monitor, press F2 to enter the BIOS. That should get you access to the BIOS. If you get in, check, then clear the system event log at the bottom of the BIOS page.
If you are trying to boot the system to the F12 1-time boot menu, make sure you wait until the prmpt in the upper right corner of the screen and press F12 1-time only (Pressing multiple times will cause a keyboard buffer overflow and the keyboard will not function)
The GX270/GX280 model motherboards were the most commonly affected Dell motherboard (Dimension 8400 too) that shared the problem of faulty capacitors from a Chinese capacitor Manufacturer who used a stolen formula to make them. (The formula was missing a stabilzing ingredient which causes the capacitor to fail over time) Spotting a failed capacitor is easy, they swell and crack open on the top (The top of a capacitor is scored with an X to allow it to pop upward, away from the board if it fails)
If you need a replacement MB, you can buy one on EBay pretty easily. http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&dfsp=32&from=R40&satitle=GX280+Motherboard&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=ZIP%2FPostal&sabfmts=1&saobfmts=insif&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=32&fsoo=2
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~; )