20 Most Recent Dell Optiplex GX280 (99301) Motherboard Questions & Answers

dells usually go full blast on power up then slow down to normal,sounds like fan is not responding to slow down signal i would try replacing fan, its got to be a dell fan

Dell Optiplex... | Answered on Jun 13, 2017

I'm not familiar with that exact model, but maybe try to get into BIOS setup and clear event error log

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Dell Optiplex... | Answered on Apr 14, 2017

This is a known issue with this system. If you open the case, you will most likely find swollen capacitors. I have replaced the motherboard on so many of these computers because it is a design flaw from Dell. Dell had recalled these computers a while ago to replace the motherboard, but it may be too late now. Unfortunately you will need a new motherboard for this computer.

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Dell Optiplex... | Answered on Oct 22, 2014

check out video card

Dell Optiplex... | Answered on May 25, 2014

you need to go to cmos to do that

Dell Optiplex... | Answered on May 23, 2014

These jumpers are almost always located close to the CMOS battery or close the PSU power connector. If you open the unit up and remove the drives to see the board, it'll be either green or blue and it'll say PSWD right beside it. Remove it, power on wait for the Password Clear message....done.

Dell Optiplex... | Answered on May 08, 2014

For the Optiplex 320, a flashing amber light with no sound indication can mean 3 things.

1) Your power supply has failed

2) Your motherboard failed, most likely from a bad capacitor.

3) The front panel board (where the power button is located) is faulty or not connected properly.

I've worked with 10's of 1000's of Dell Optiplex's over the past 8 years and the flashing amber light is well known as a tell-tail sign of one of those three failure. Always start your trouble shoot with a PSU tester, then inspect the motherboard for domed or split/leaking capacitors...then on to the front panel which would require another panel and ribbon from the same model.

Dell Optiplex... | Answered on May 08, 2014

100% motherboard issue guys. The dude above that said flash the new bios should realize that when you CANNOT post a machine you CANNOT flash the bios unless the bios chip is removable and you have another machine to flash it with. The only fix for this is a new motherboard.

Dell Optiplex... | Answered on Apr 11, 2013


You should attach two hard drives on primary ide. Set both jumpers to cable select ( or one on end is master, middle one is slave). The one at the end of the cable is where your o/s should be. You could try putting the third on seconday, along with your dvd rom.


Dell Optiplex... | Answered on Apr 03, 2013

You're supposed to pull up on the Green tab, then slide the Support Plate (Metal tray), with the motherboard on it towards the Front of the computer,


Scroll down towards the bottom of the page,

"If your system board is mounted to the chassis using a metal tray, remove the tray and the board as one piece: Pull up on the tab and slide the system board assembly toward the front of the computer, and then lift the board away"

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Dell Optiplex... | Answered on Oct 15, 2012



if these packages are not the right

on the home page you should see a search tab just type in what you are looking for
eg: motherboard name wireless or ethernet driver
you might have to try a few times to get it right

hope this helps

Dell Optiplex... | Answered on Sep 25, 2012

in general heat sinks are not soldered on, they usually have pins and springs, or some other mechanism for holding them in place. A lot of times there is some sort of thermal compound that helps to transfer heat to the heat sink from whatever it is helping to cool. you might want to remove the old thermal compound and replace it with new thermal compound and then replace the heat sink with whatever fastening mechanism it was originally held in place by.

Dell Optiplex... | Answered on Aug 31, 2012

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