I may be thinking of the wrong model, but I know Dell did a free
warranty extension on some of their boxes and has done freebie MB
replacements for an issue similar to this. Might be worth a support
Timothy D. First, CISSP, MCSE
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From: Peter J Murray [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, September 14, 2006 3:16 PM
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Subject: Re: [MSUNAG] Dell OptiPlex GX-270 Systems
This is a known problem with the GX-270.
or just a google
As an aside, I recently had a in warranty graphics card fail, due to
James Madison College
Al Bray 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 these
> The typical symptom that results in us having to request a replacement
> 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 systems
> 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 rate
> 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
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