We noticed a similar trend with a large batch of GX260's and similar
failures with the MBs in GX270's also.
Stephen Bogdanski Network Support, MSU-CVM
Michigan State University [log in to unmask]
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East Lansing, MI 48824 Fax: (517) 432-2937
>>> On 9/14/2006 at 3:11 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 3 years (and two weeks) ago we made a bulk buy of 90+ Dell OptiPlex
> GX-270 systems to replace older desktop machines for our users.
> Overall we have been satisfied with these systems. But during the
> 7 months or so, we have had to replace the motherboards in 17 of
> The typical symptom that results in us having to request a
> MB has been that the video signal from the built in video card would
> spontaneously go dead in the middle of using the machine. No
> predictable pattern to when. Power cycling the machine brings the
> back 99% of the time. But once it starts to happen on a given
> it continues and increase in frequency.
> The first couple of times we suspected driver incompatibility, power
> supplies, etc. But in the end, replacing the motherboard
> over the processor and memory from the existing MB) has been the
> permanent fix.
> I am wondering if anyone else purchased some of these GX-270
> and has experienced the same or similar issue. Feel free to respond
> me off list as I am not trying to bash the manufacturer, just figure
> if it might be a manufacturer defect. A 20% plus MB replacement
> seems out of the norm in my thinking.
> These machines are out of warranty as of two weeks ago, and we now
> two more systems that are yet again experiencing this problem.
> Thanks for your time!
> - Al