I took an old Dell Optiplex GX270 and in an attempt to get some more life out of it, installed a 64GB SATAIII SSD along with a copy of Windows 7 Pro 32-bit.
This Optiplex has 2 SATA ports and even though they are SATAII, I decided to go ahead and purchase an SATAIII SSD in case I want to move the drive to a different PC at a later date.
I was able to install Windows 7 Pro 32-bit on the computer successfully and you can reboot it as many times as you'd like - no problem.
The problem is when you actually shut the computer off.
When you power it back on, it loads the Dell BIOS screen all the way to the end (the white progress bar at the bottom) but then won't go past that.
If I press ALT+CTRL+DEL to reboot it, it will then go into Windows 7 no problem.
Any idea what could be causing something like this?
There are only the following components connected:
- USB Mouse
- USB Keyboard
- Cheap 64MB NVIDIA AGP Video Card
- CAT5 cable
Any help would be appreciated.
I'll be gone for the weekend but will be checking this first thing Monday in hopes of a solution.