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Old 06-04-2018, 08:17 PM   #1
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This morning I noticed my Dell OptiPlex GX280 was very noisy. Booted up the monitor and nothing on the screen. So I unplugged the computer and plugged back in. The computer came back on but never did this before. Had to manuallY start the computer. Anyway the same noise and a blank screen. So I unplugged computer again for a much longer time. Same results.

Any ideas what could have happened?
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:56 PM   #2
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This morning I noticed my Dell OptiPlex GX280 was very noisy. Booted up the monitor and nothing on the screen. So I unplugged the computer and plugged back in. The computer came back on but never did this before. Had to manuallY start the computer. Anyway the same noise and a blank screen. So I unplugged computer again for a much longer time. Same results.

Any ideas what could have happened?


Update: I am purchasing another Optiplex GX 280. Will swap out the hard drive from the now unworking GX 280 to the newly purchased one.
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Old 06-05-2018, 07:28 AM   #3
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Will it post without the hdd? can you run a live cd type of OS on it? Since it's a dell, is the powersupply light on?
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Here is what I see when the computer is on. The hard drive never is on because it's light stays off. All the external hard drives are on so the USB connections work. The CD drive holder opens and closes. The keyboard does not light up.IMG_5752.jpg

So I do not believe this has anything to do with it's internal hard drive.

Also the monitor does not show anything when the computer is so called on.
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Old 06-06-2018, 06:25 AM   #5
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Sound like the PSU is dying.
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Try creating a live os usb stick. I used LiLi last time i had to do this. it will determine if the hard drive is just dead, or just a psu issue.
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Sound like the PSU is dying.


That is fine. No biggie. Like I wrote previously I doubt there is any problem with the hard drive.

I do have every hard drive connected to the computer backed up as well as it's internal hard drive.
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What I decided to do is swap out the power supplies. Would be easier than to do all the hard drive things since the computer is set open how I want anyway.
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Power supply swap out looked too hard. So I swapped out hard drives. Works perfectly. Added two gb of ram from non booting computer.
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I also noticed on the computer that quit that sometimes there would be a noise. I just thought that was the hard drive. This noise began a few months back before the computer quit. Now one not tell the computer is even on.
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So it was the PSU after all?
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So it was the PSU after all?


Sure was. Great that the hard drive from the non working computer worked so well with the newly acquired computer. The computer cost 60.00 including shipping. Probably more than a power supply would have costed. But I like the easier fix.
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Looks like I was on the right track. Glad you got it.
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Still wanting to figure out where to install a SSD on a Dell GX 280 computer.

Did you see my fix for the external hard drive. I am sure when I added the partition and formatted the first time I did not add a drive letter at that time.

Peeps still complain when others still use Wwindows XP.

That is all well and fine but the computers that I have XP on will continue with XP until the end of time.
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There you go. Just overlooked it.
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That is like when I could not locate my iPad backup password. I knew I had saved the password. But, overlooked where to look. Finally located the password in a place I had not looked before. Now I have all the backup passwords in one happy place.
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i keep mine in an old 128 meg flash drive.
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I still think there was a way to recover the password. At least some 2 way authentication way. I used two different passeotk finders. None worked. Well if I would not been inpatient eventually after a looooooooooong time the password would have been found.

Oh by the Windows 10 is susceptible to internet things such as a time called malware.

Here is what was found on my Windows 10 computer.

One of those caused my browser to execute when the computer was first booted up.

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I have Avast to take care of my passwords and it remembers it. That way I can use a very strong algorithm without having to remember them. Google too so I have two ways to keep em.
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You use algorithms for your passwords!? You sir must be a scientist!
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