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Motherboard failure issue on Dell Optiplex 980

Q: Motherboard failure issue on Dell Optiplex 980

I have a problem with a batch of Dell optiplex 980's, for some reason the Main boards fail at a alarming rate.

According to Dell it is the memory controller that fails.

Error Lights 1,3,4 are on nothing on screen, power led solid blue about 10 error beeps!

Dell tech replaced the main boards and all is fine for a while but same problem persists.

Also according to Dell level 6 tech, it could be over heating, I had some fun proving them wrong, two PC's sealed in a box , hammering them, Temp between 85 Celsius - 90 Celsius in the sealed enclosure, optical drive started melting, cooled the PC's for a day and powered back on, no problems!!

Does any one out there maybe have a issue similar to this on the optiplex 980, main board failures?

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Creating a hardware profile after you have the configuration working and
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Here when the power button is  orange it indicates that the system is receiving power but not sufficient power to transmit it to the system's components.
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Welcome to Seven Forums.
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why not run DxDiag and post ALL of its results rather then selective

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Through the Optiplex 780, the chassis remained the same - that said, you're better off buying a new (or a newer used) system than upgrading this one.  
You'll find systems in the $200-300 range complete -- not a lot more than it'll cost for a board+CPU+ RAM alone.
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thank you

A:Optiplex 7010 motherboard replacement and ram upgrade

Hi AhmedAN
Thanks for writing to us.
Do provide us your system tag#, email address and name via private message,by clicking on my name
in blue and then select send a private message, so we can assist you further with the part #'s for both motherboard as well as the memory modules.
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Production date: 5/2011
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Chipset driver
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Can anyone else duplicate it?  
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Place the computer into sleep. 
Wake it up. 
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Many thanks,


A:New CPU/GPU for Dell Optiplex 390

Because the optiplex comes in three form factors, which one is it? The Desktop ones? or the smaller one?

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Thank you for reaching out.
Did you try 8GB(4+4) or Does it beeps even with a 4GB stick in one slot? 
Try each stick on both the slots, If that fails, you may try 1066 mhz.
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A:Dell Optiplex 755

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A:Dell Optiplex 755

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A:is GTS 450 compatible with Dell Optiplex 780

The power supply is the problem. Only 255W in the desk top version. The GTS450 needs one 6 pin power cable and it is very unlikely your PSU has one.

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A:Upgradability for Dell Optiplex G1

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A:Dell Optiplex GX270


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<ADMIN NOTE: Service tag removed per privacy policy>
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A:Anyone know how to get into the BIOS of a Dell OptiPlex Gs?

OptiPlex Systems

On all Pentium-based OptiPlex systems, press the Ctrl + Alt + Enter keys at the same time, or the F2 key as the system powers up.

Darn I have to read what I paste, the keys where bracketed and that's why it didn't make any sense, removed brackets.

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This is the description of the keyboard port

PS/2-style keyboard
(1) 6-pin mini-DIN

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A:Dell Optiplex 755 Cpu Problem

Best option is to post on the Dell forums, where those familiar with Dell's can help you. Dell Desktop Forum

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Unknown. These video cards were validated by Dell on this system model =FM351 ATI Radeon HD2400 XT 256MBC120D ATI Radeon HD3470 256MBY103D ATI Radeon HD3450 256MBH995J, K722J Nvidia Quadro NVS420 512MB
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A:Dell Optiplex BIOS

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A:Need drivers: Dell Optiplex 780

All Dell original drivers: (all is free)

Last link is what You need I think. Open, select Your system and download what You want.
If You begin from first given link, You can also use automatic system detector and recommendations. It is all for free.
Old Dell user.
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A:DELL Optiplex GX260

just as an fyi, you are going to run into issues putting 7 on that system. It was designed for XP, and 7 didn't exist at the time, so you will have a very hard time finding compatible drivers for it.
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A:xp cant install in dell optiplex gx 280

Rule out graphics or other problems by running an operating system from a usb or cd. My favourite is Linux Mint which you can download from here.

Download - Linux Mint

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Hi Andstino,
If it's okay, I'd like to ask you some questions regarding this as I want to make sure that we get to the bottom of the problem for you. Some of the questions will ask you to remove components from the system so please make sure that you remove the power cord from the back of the system before attempting these.
1) Switch the system on. Can you tell me if the power button is flashing amber or a solid amber? Please also tell me if you notice any diagnostics LEDs staying lit - these are labelled 1,2,3 and 4 and are near the front headphone sockets
2) Please remove all peripherals at the back of the system and switch the system on. Does this affect the power button LED or diagnostic LEDs
3) Have you added any components to the system e.g. video cards, sound cards etc...
4) Please open the system and remove the following components:
a) Power and data cables from hard drives and optical drivesb) Any PCI/PCI-Express expansion cardsc) All memory from the systemd) The system fan
5) With the above removed, please reconnect the power cord to the back of the system and switch the system on. Please make a note of what happens with the power button LED and the diagnostic LEDs
6) If there are no changes to the power button LED or diagnostic LEDs, please remove the power cord from the back of the system and remove the following components:
a) I/O panel cableb) CMOS battery
7) With the I/O panel cable and CMOS battery removed, please connect the power cord to the back of the system. The system should automatically try to switch on. Do you hear any beeps from the system? If so, can you tell us exactly what you hear?
If you need any assistance with removing these components, please see the User Manual here:

Please keep us updated on how you get on!
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Best Regards,

A:Add second Harddisk in Dell Optiplex 780 SFF

Hi Dani,
The SFF uses a slim optical drive which does not take a standard SATA power connection. You'll need to purchase an adapter or SATA power cable splitter to provide power to a second hard drive.
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A:Dell Optiplex 755 Removing CPU Fan

valley_girl1919,Start here for the Optiplex 755 user guide. Choose the appropriate chassis type from that page then proceed to the Removing and Replacing Parts section. You shouldn't have trouble locating instructions for how to remove the CPU fan there.
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A:Dell optiplex gx260

have you recently installed any new software or hardware?
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