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January 15, 2011 4:40:22 PM

I’m having a little trouble with a Dell GX270 slim, the thing wont boot, when I press the power all it does is fan comes on and green and orange light come on, and all this happens for maybe 1 second then it shuts down, it does have the 4 lights on the back for self diagnostics but I can’t even get it to post so forget looking up the code, I know it’s not the power supply cause I’ve tested with another that’s fine and does the same thing, I have also tried resetting the CMOS by removing the battery and placing it back in and also tired resetting the BIOS with the jumper, any suggestions?
January 15, 2011 7:51:18 PM

Usually a orange/amber lite means motherboard.You may want to try the Dell forums. There are some people over there that might have had this problem. Hope it helps.
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January 15, 2011 7:55:16 PM

Pop it open and take a look at the motherboard, make sure the capacitors havent blown, some of the old GX 2xx systems had bad caps in them, i retired a GX 270 in november when i discovered all but 2 caps around the CPU were blown, as were others across the board.

If its not even getting up far enough to give you the codes it has to be either the PSU or the motherboard, nothing else is used in the early stages of POST, a good PSU and motherboard should at least get you up far enough to get error codes.
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January 15, 2011 10:25:05 PM

how do i check if capacitors are blown?
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January 15, 2011 10:47:43 PM

Open it up and look at the board, if they are blow, its pretty obvious that they arent meant to look like it. Take a look at the picture to know what you should be looking for, pretty much the can should be shut and the brown goo shouldnt be coming out the top.

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January 16, 2011 4:53:31 AM

here are some photos, they all seem to be fine other then a few in the pics, but there not as bad looking, could they still be blown?
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January 16, 2011 4:59:21 AM

Err, does your CPU not have a heatsink and fan on it? Or did you remove it to take the photos? Or am I just getting confused or something...?

Also looks like you took your RAM out, yeah?
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January 16, 2011 5:01:41 AM

i took the heatsink and fan off for the photos, ram is in 2x256mb, its reflecting the serial number on the board........
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January 16, 2011 5:03:33 AM

Some of the ones on the left look bulgy, thats not good especially since they are part of the voltage regulation circuit for the CPU. GX 270s are pretty old, it might be time for an upgrade.
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January 16, 2011 5:06:45 AM

well this was given to me by a friend, my lil brothers (who are 6) hava a computer but its a P3, this was suppost to be the upgrade for them, but i have a gaming case, so ill just get another p4 mobo and move the hardware over to it i guess, i myself have an ASUS G1S, lol
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January 16, 2011 6:09:00 AM

Best answer selected by furious_cruzer.
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November 25, 2012 4:54:36 PM

Hastibe said:
Err, does your CPU not have a heatsink and fan on it? Or did you remove it to take the photos? Or am I just getting confused or something...?

Also looks like you took your RAM out, yeah?




hey it looks like u know what ur talking about... i was wondering if u could help me... im having the same problem... the OptiPlex GX270 just will not boot... please help...
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November 25, 2012 5:48:10 PM

ps..i got tthe computer open n looked but all the capacitors look fine... i was able to clearly see the T & K on them...
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November 25, 2012 9:02:44 PM

just2goshopping said:
hey it looks like u know what ur talking about... i was wondering if u could help me... im having the same problem... the OptiPlex GX270 just will not boot... please help... my email is xxxx


@just2goshopping

Hi, it's generally not a good idea to put your email in a forum post. There are all sorts of bots that scrape them off and sell them. Open your original post and use the edit button (one of the three icons on lower right) to delete it. People will respond in the forum.

If you open your own thread and describe your problem you are more apt to get help. Adding in to a thread (hijacking it) bothers some people. And when the OP closes the post as solved people stop looking at it.
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April 8, 2013 5:42:40 AM

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April 8, 2013 5:43:14 AM

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April 9, 2013 8:00:37 AM

Was the solution ever found in this?

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