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My dell gx280 computer has no sound

You can Download Audio Driver From here.

And install it for your gx 280 . If the problem persists then you have to Download Universal audio architecture from here.

Then again you have to install the above driver
5/4/2020 11:10:26 AM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on May 04, 2020

My VLC media player won't play dvds correctly

Download div x codec and also update your video drivers.

7/9/2019 9:53:51 AM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Jul 09, 2019

Hi, do you have a complete instructions to install fresh windows.(something....??????)

That GX280 is today 14 years old and came new with XP right> still stuck at XP? if yes, doom is all there is. XP is (as you learned) a huge virus magnet.(worse every day) some were built with windows 2000, win2k, hopeless extreme... windows xp recovery or restore fails because sure the recover software is corrupted and infected too, so erasing HDD is the only path as your discovered. (page 30 in your manual at dell will fail) but not the dell disk install same page. BTW , ive never seen an XP PC not infected, ever..... so..... bingo. . ever google.? older post but and others will find this useful. There are many pitfalls to OS installs I will bullet them.
  • The HDD is bad, (but if only infected it will be erased first)
  • Your PC has OEM COA license from Dell for MS windows.
  • Using most Microsoft install media will fail using your COA.
  • W7 will fail, W10 used to work this way but not now.
  • You failed to buy your DELL windows media kit long ago so is lost or gone or, never bought.
  • that means you have 2 choices, buy new windows 7 or 10 or run linux, I am sure you will not wont to run free linux. Ubuntu v17
  • SO buy windows 10-32b, (say) from MS.com and install it.
  • During the install , pick custom or advance setup and delete all partitions. click CUSTOM now. see links below.
  • then do as it says here.
  • https://www.groovypost.com/howto/clean-install-Windows-10/
  • then do the full install, as documented at microsoft dot com.
  • end story but not all pit falls,
  • Pit fall 1 is HDD is bad, fails Crystaldiskinfo , app.
  • or fails Linux demo boot, run disktests and fails.
  • on dead pc, I run this.
  • http://www.pcdied.com/linux.html#smart
  • if the C6 (198.) is not ZERO, the HDD IS NO GOOD AT ALL.
  • All drives (most) end up like this, runs but has no spare sectors left and can no longer self heal itself, and is a bad HDD.
  • Better is to upgrade to SSD, for sure , you will never go back to HDD ever again I promise.!!!
8/17/2018 2:06:22 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Aug 17, 2018

Have a dell gx280, shut

It's a pretty common issue with the 270 & 280. More times than not it is blown capacitors at the root of the problem. Replacing the caps is simple if you know how to solder very well & makes for an easy fix. Also, make sure you're pushing enough power through your supply.
9/18/2017 9:40:36 AM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Sep 18, 2017

I can use my Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop says that windows could not start because drive 1 not found: serial ATA, SATA-2 and drive 3 not found: Parallel ATA, PATA1?

Use your system restore disks to repair your computer since the OS is FUBAR Without those disks you are SOL. And if you never made them or lost them, now you have learned first hand why it is so important to have them. Go to the dell site and see if they have your original OS in an iso file for installation. If so that will save your sorry b---.
9/9/2017 1:14:14 AM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Sep 09, 2017

My brother owns a Dell Desktop computer and suddenly it stopped working.

Do the fans run? If not the power supply is most likely bad. Hopefully it didn't trash the motherboard, memory and any installed cards. If you can't hear the hard drives spinning up, then it has to be the power supply
8/14/2016 11:05:08 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Aug 14, 2016

Is it worth upgrading to a Dimension 5000 (taking the existing HD and RAM from the 280 into the 5000), if that's all I can afford? Is there an official benchmark bar chart between the two?

Paul, Hi....The Dimension 5000 is definitely an older machine, but depending on what you plan to use it for and assuming everything still works ok, the PC can still be useful. You can still get parts for the machine, especially if you go to Ebay. www.ebay.com For everyday computing like word processing or spreadsheets, it should still work ok, but will be slower than a newer machine.
7/17/2015 6:01:05 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Jul 17, 2015

How does this computer compare to a Dimension 5000 with same RAM amount and clock speed?

Paulji786, Below are the specs you requested on these 2 systems. Optiplex GX280 Memory Type 400 & 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM 400 & 533 MHzMemory connectors small form-factor computer: 2small desktop computer: 4desktop computer: 4small mini-tower computer: 4mini-tower computer: 4 Memory capacities 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC Minimum memory dual-channel: 256 MBsingle-channel: 128 MB Maximum memory small form-factor computer: 2 GBsmall desktop computer: 4 GBdesktop computer: 4 GBsmall mini-tower computer: 4 GBmini-tower computer: 4 GB BIOS address F0000h Dimension 5000 Type 400- and 533-MHz DDR2 unbuffered SDRAM Memory connectors four Memory capacities 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC Minimum memory 256 MB Maximum memory 4 GB System clock 800-MHz data rate Memory speed Thank You, Dell-Jesse L Dell Social Media and Communities
7/15/2015 6:31:53 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Jul 15, 2015

How to fix it

Hi Asfand, My name is Pradeep and I work for Dell's Social Media Team. Please let us know the issue details we can check what best can be done to address your concern. Pradeep Lokesh Social Media and Community Professional Order Status: http://del.ly/61822hij Download Drivers: http://del.ly/61832hid
7/6/2015 6:31:44 AM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Jul 06, 2015

New hard drive screen goes black and says no signal after starting windows

3/8/2015 9:57:24 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Mar 08, 2015

How to install window xp on dell optiplex gx280

Windows XP has EOL April 2014 suggest another version!
3/2/2015 1:47:02 AM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Mar 02, 2015

Dell Optiplex gx280 shuts down and orange power light blinks

It happens because the power supply is overheats and computer goes to standby. The power supply is 160w or lower. Specially it will happen if you put more devices in such as video card or sound card. So the only solution you have is to place a small 1or2 fans toward the power supply to make it cooler. And 1 more thing the power for the fans should come from other sources.
2/19/2015 4:27:50 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Feb 19, 2015

Amber lights inside

2/17/2015 9:30:37 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Feb 17, 2015

Dosent work

Need to Change the Motherboard, it's blown out
10/22/2014 4:32:12 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Oct 22, 2014

ABC are green lighta and D is orange

Its telling you that a cable is loose Other failure has occurred. • Ensure that the cables are properly connected to the system board from the hard drive, CD drive, and DVD drive. • Check the computer message that appears on your monitor screen. click here and go to page 5 http://cms.springbranchisd.com/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=CpNj5Xk679I%3D&tabid=4319&mid=9311 here is the manual to this computer so you can look inside and see the cables http://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_optiplex_desktop/optiplex-gx280_user%27s%20guide_en-us.pdf hope that helps
8/13/2014 4:25:11 AM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Aug 13, 2014

How to install an operating system on a Dell Optiplex GX280

Make sure your bios is set to boot from cd and use a bootable installation cd.
7/19/2014 2:23:12 AM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Jul 19, 2014

Computer keeps restarting

im assuming your computer running windows, does it go inside windows b4 it will restart? common causes regarding this problem are corrupted operating system or over heat on your processor and incompatble softwares such as firewalls and antivirus.
6/23/2014 7:42:19 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on Jun 23, 2014

Gx280 powers up but no boot cpu fan runs out of control

I had the same thing happen on my Dell. I found the processor was bad,
5/29/2014 2:10:24 PM • Dell OptiPlex... • Answered on May 29, 2014
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