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Dell Optiplex GX280 -ABC LIGHTS LIT UP IN BACK USB-HIGH FAN SPEED

Computer won't boot, orange lights are lit at the usb ports. beeps a bunch when power is re-supplied. There has been a real high fan speed when doing large AutoCAD drawings until now. Will not boot at all just beeps and lights. Any suggestions?

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  • juanitodjmx Nov 25, 2009

    HI!

    I don't speak english, but I understand more or less

    I have Dell optiplex 280
    My problem is this:
    Computer won't boot, orange lights are lit at the usb ports.

    A,B,C YELLOW AND D GREEN.

    Diagnostic Lights

    Problem Description: A possible BIOS
    failure has occurred; the computer is in the
    recovery mode.

    Suggested Resolution:
    Run the BIOS Recovery utility, wait for
    recovery completion, and then restart the
    computer.

    QUESTION FOR YOU!!

    HOW TO RUN Run the BIOS Recovery utility? AND
    Where can I download the Recovery utility for my dell optiplex 280?

    Thanks!

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A possible BIOS failure has occurred; the computer is in the recovery mode

Run the BIOS Recovery utility, wait for recovery completion, and then restart the computer.

where as the solid orange light says
The Dell Diagnostics is running a test, or a device on the system board may be faulty or incorrectly installed.

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Hello,

High fan speed indicates the system is overheating and the motherboard is speeding up the fans trying to keep cool. You problem now sounds like either the power supply or the motherboard was damaged because of the heat. The GX270 and GX280 system are plagued with this problem. The fan in the power supply goes out or does not spin fast enough to cool the system. When this happens parts called capacitors over heat and can pop. Go to my web site at :
www.ccl-la.com/badcaps.htm

Look at the pictures and open your computer case and check your motherboard. If you see any capacitors that look like the one on my site then your board will need to be repaired or replaced. The bottom 2 pictures are from the Dell GX270 and GX280 motherboards. Also while you have your case open try to power up your computer and see if the power supply fan spins, if it does not spin then you will need to replace it.

I hope this helps,

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