At first look, this sounded like a bad motherboard. Go run “System Information for Windows” and look at your current memory speeds. The surprise is when I removed the hard-drive from the computer and loaded it on into another computer successfully; that’s right, there is nothing wrong with the hard drive. Turn on the system. Do this on a working XP machine. Solutions are to defrag the drive to put the boot files back at the front of the partition mydefrag is excellent for this, google it , but this doesn’t help if you can’t boot.

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Is this small form factor?

I hit F8 to have the boot options, gx20 of the boot option that I’ve selected gave me an error saying: So we might be able to salvage this situation.

To create a Windows startup disk, insert a floppy disk into the drive of a similarly configured, working Windows XP system, launch My Computer, right-click the floppy disk icon, and select the Format command optpilex the context menu. I found the detailed instruction on how to create a Boot up disk by downloading the BIOS firmware from the manufacture’s website.

Turn on the system.

Dell Optiplex GX280 Hard Drives

What size mobo is in a Dell Optiplex GX? I should add that the Dell in my link had a case opptiplex looked like yours, only a tower. I assume I need to go out and get an IDE hardrive? These are typically on bootable media themselves and would be immediately applicable to your situation.


Email Required, but never shown. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. At my place of work at least saat gx system has had its motherboard or power supply repaired.

Now, I cannot even repair of reinstall Windows XP, because the system is not booting from none of the boot devices. Follow the onscreen instructions. Do this on a working XP machine.

I don’t see any spare connectors inside at all. Do you already have an account?

Add a second HD to Dell Optiplex GX280?

When you see the Format dialog box, leave all the default settings as they are and click the Start button. I was looking for cables with connectors lying inside but I will see if there is an actual port on the board. Once the format operation is complete, close the Format dialog box to return to My Computer, double-click the drive C icon to access the root directory, and copy the following three files to the floppy disk: This is what it looks like: I have a link here.

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Two form factors, one model. So here is a step by step guide of what to do note I have done this to the gx’s in my organization:. I’ve had luck flashing machines booting from FreeDOS; just know that it may not always work–but the flashing program will fail to controllwr under FreeDOS, not in the middle of the flash process.

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From there, follow Doltknuckle’s process from step 6. Broam 3, 13 Already have an account? Reset your computer’s BIOS and then reboot.

So here is a step by step guide of what to do note I have done this to the gx’s in del, organization: Sort of like, “oh, look, here’s the new GX, it’s way faster than ours, can we get one”? Ask a question and give support. Sara, I did the F12 to boot from the devices menu and each one of the devices gave me an error message: I almost wonder if this isn’t a hardware issue.