Question about Dell Computer Refurbished SYSTEM BOARD OPTIPLEX GX1 Computer (7803C1241193AQL4E) Motherboard
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!
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
Posted on Aug 25, 2008
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Below are the full error messages that may be seen when the computer is booting.
NTLDR is Missing
Press any key to restart
Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR
Please insert another disk
NTLDR is missing
Press Ctrl Alt Del to Restart
Computer is booting from a non-bootable source
Many times this error is caused when the computer is attempting to boot from a non-bootable floppy disk or CD-ROM. First verify that no floppy diskette or CD is in the computer, unless you are attempting to boot from a diskette.
Note: This error has also been known to occur when a memory stick is in a card reader and the computer is attempting to boot from it. If you have any card reader or flash reader make sure that no memory stick is inside the computer. Additionally disconnect all USB drives, cameras, ipods, iphones, etc. from the computer.
If you are attempting to boot from a floppy diskette and are receiving this error message it is likely that the diskette does not have all the necessary files or is corrupt.
If you are attempting to install Windows XP or Windows 2000 and are receiving this error message as the computer is booting verify that your computer BIOS has the proper boot settings. For example, if you are attempting to run the install from the CD-ROM make sure the CD-ROM is the first boot device, and not the hard disk drive.
Second, when the computer is booting you should receive the below prompt.
Press any key to boot from the CD
Important: When you see this message press any key such as the Enter key immediately, otherwise it will try booting from the hard drive and likely get the NTLDR error again.
Note: If you are not receiving the above message and your BIOS boot options are set properly it's also possible that your CD-ROM drive may not be booting from the CD-ROM properly. Verify the jumpers are set properly on the CD-ROM drive.
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