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7th July 2009, 12:59 PM #16
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Optiplex GX280 - loud fan at start up and amber power light - does not boot - DELL COMMUNITY
looks like the recall for gx280'w without warrenty has ended but still available under warenty mine no longer have it, also I have read its easy to replace the dead caps on the mother board (I have not attempted it yet but will be soon) motherboards were going for about £25 on ebay last month but missed the end.
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7th July 2009, 01:04 PM #17
Bummer, that sounds like it all right. Well then time to find either cost of new MB or replace machine. No sign on any of the caps of damage so I doubt replacing them would be viable.
7th July 2009, 01:09 PM #18
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Could be the processor I have swapped them between machines and had the problem folow the processor in the past when the motherboard was fine
7th July 2009, 01:18 PM #19
Will give that ago. Anything at the moment!
8th July 2009, 09:23 AM #20
Had a chat with one of our LEA's "top guys" about something else and mentioned this problem. His first response was "bad caps". I said that there weren't any visible signs of this, but he reckoned there isn't always.
Apparently another school had 2 280s go in their suite. As the suite was up for replacement anyway, they bought in a bunch of new machines and the old machines were re-purposed for class use; since then a third of them have developed the same fault.
Worryingly, another machine in our suite seems to be on the way out with the same symptoms .
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