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Dell Optiplex GX660

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February 11, 2012 12:47:03 PM


I have been given a Dell Optiplex GX620 from work.

For business reasons they have removed the hard drive.

I have tried to use a mini OS on a CD to start the computer without success - I believe that there are Dell specific files that the system needs before I can get to the bios, which would have been on the original HD that has been removed.

Getting and fitting a replacement SATA HD is okay for me.

Can anyone advise me about the Dell specific startup files I need, that is what to look for and where I could find them, to be able to view the bios and be able to make a start?

Thanks in advance.

-Mike Kavanagh

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February 11, 2012 5:29:08 PM

Hi ,

Thanks for your suggestions - great site.

I did what you suggested - i used tiny core linux just to see if it worked.

the behavior was the same as when i used the other iso system i have (mini os).

the problem i think is that without the original HDD the pc does not have the right driver to read the CD.

I'm looking for guidance on where to get these drivers - i think you need to load them onto a floppy drive initially. all very primitive.

thanks for your help.

February 13, 2012 2:39:46 PM


Thanks for getting back to me - i downloaded a piece of burning sw and used the default settings (I didn't do a simple copy).

I put the cd in the CD drive and started the pc.

when i switched it on ...

the pc peeps (in total it beeps 6 times)

the cd drive light flashes for a couple of minutes.

then it stops beeping and flashing.

at no time does the keyboard lights flash so there it never sees the keyboard in order to use the F keys access the bios.

similarly the screen never lights up.

all looks quite sad at the moment.

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February 13, 2012 6:23:22 PM


There is no hard drive at the moment.

February 15, 2012 5:55:54 PM

When I press the "F2" repeatedly during startup nothing happens.

Just to let you know the keyboard is connected via usb - and there are no signs the PC 'sees' it as no keyboard lights are coming on during this startup.

February 16, 2012 2:29:53 PM


I do (with a purple din type connection) but there is no where on the PC box to connect it - only usb ports which surprises me.

unless i can use one of the other ports?