Question about Dell Computer Refurbished SYSTEM BOARD OPTIPLEX GX1 Computer (7803C1241193AQL4E) Motherboard

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One other problem persists

I cannot get into BIOS because the keyboard does not work at all after the message says, "Alert! previous attempts to boot the system have failed."
If you could "walk me through" on how to get to BIOS that would be terrific!
Have you seen this problem before with Dell computers? Would I need another motherboard? I read where there are quite a few motherboard's out there for the Dell gx 280 optiplex computer. Which motherboard would I have to purchase for my Dell computer? I saw on the internet where some models including the one have had some kind of "sweeling or leaking" compacicators involved which is causing the problem. Hope you can help me further!

Thanks so much for your input!,well appreciated!

Jeff

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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

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