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Dell Optiplex GX280 POST failure

Posted on 2011-09-05
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Hi guys,

Have a Dell Optiplex GX280 desktop PC acting strange on the POST. The diagnostic lights vary (B and C Amber one time with a hang, D Amber the next with a hang and a successful boot the next time). This is a mission critical PC because of the software installed so any help that would solve my problem would be greatly appreciated.

Best,

Paul.
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rindi earned 500 total points
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The GX 280 is notorious for bad Capacitors, and the symptoms you describe are typical of that. If you are good at soldering, you can try replacing the caps, if not you are looking at getting a mainboard (or PC) replacement.

http://badcaps.net/
http://www.thecapking.com/gx280.html
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OK. Thanks for that.
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rindi is correct.  I don't think I've seen a GX280 yet that had good caps.  If you decide on a motherboard replacement, make sure that you get one where the caps have already been replaced.
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That's that I suppose. Thanks again.
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