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Sound Issues with WinXp on a Dell Optiplex

Q: Sound Issues with WinXp on a Dell Optiplex

Everytime I reboot the computer, skype (since it launches at start up) tells me that there are no sound devices. I go to the device manager, but the sound device is listed. It doesn't work though. I try winamp/wmp etc, no sound. So I do a uninstall, and redetect and its all good.

Now if I reboot the computer, I have to repeat this whole process. Now, I thought this had something to do with the onboard audio, so I diabled that in the Bios, and added a pci sound card, but the same thing happened.

Does anyone know whats going on??

This computer also has issues with WinXP sp2s firewall. I can't turn it on, but thats an issue for some other thread..


A: Sound Issues with WinXp on a Dell Optiplex

Did the problem start after installing skype or was it there before?

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Good evening,

I work for a law firm that uses Dell Optiplex's ranging from 745's to 790's with all inbetween [745, 755, 760, 780, 790]. Our NJ satellite office also has these Dell model ranges, but all of them have Windows XP SP3 installations. These machines generally either have the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Drivers or the ATI Radeon HD 3400 series card/drivers for those models that do not have an available display port. With that said, all machines have dual monitor setups as well.

The issue, put simply: almost a 1/4 of the PC's in our NJ office lose their second monitor on almost a daily basis, where we either have to re-extend the desktop to the other monitor or we have to play the unplug/shutdown/re-plugin game with the display port adaptors.

We're about to run a report containing the following information for the affected machines: OS, BIOS, Video Chipset, Connector Type [VGA2DP, DVI2DP, DP2DP], Power Save Settings. However, I'd like to throw this forum post out there to see if anyone knows any specific Windows XP Pro SP3 issues that exist with utilizing dual monitors on these machine types and/or how to resolve them. Thanks in advance for those who can assist me with any information.

A:WinXP - Dell Optiplex 700s - Dual Monitor Issues

I'd suspect an issue with the DP adapters being used.

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Good evening,

I work for a law firm that uses Dell Optiplex's ranging from 745's to 790's with all inbetween [745, 755, 760, 780, 790]. Our NJ satellite office also has these Dell model ranges, but all of them have Windows XP SP3 installations. These machines generally either have the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Drivers or the ATI Radeon HD 3400 series card/drivers for those models that do not have an available display port. With that said, all machines have dual monitor setups as well.

The issue, put simply: almost a 1/4 of the PC's in our NJ office lose their second monitor on almost a daily basis, where we either have to re-extend the desktop to the other monitor or we have to play the unplug/shutdown/re-plugin game with the display port adaptors.

We're about to run a report containing the following information for the affected machines: OS, BIOS, Video Chipset, Connector Type [VGA2DP, DVI2DP, DP2DP], Power Save Settings. However, I'd like to throw this forum post out there to see if anyone knows any specific Windows XP Pro SP3 issues that exist with utilizing dual monitors on these machine types and/or how to resolve them. Thanks in advance for those who can assist me with any information.

A:WinXP - Dell Optiplex 700s - Dual Monitor Issues

bump - if this is more of a hardware-related issue, I can move this thread as needed but I'm not sure how to

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First off, hello to everyone.

A friend of my dads, his computer had been infected with spyware or viruses or something and he had it taken care of by some other group of people (I do not know who he asked to help resolve the issue), and he said that he is no longer getting sounds from it.

I did some looking around at his request and noticed there was a few other errors and things wrong.

Needless to say, now I am just stuck on aspects of trying to resolve the PCI Card error which is displayed as a Yallow ? on the device drivers page. I did some searching around, went to Dells Support page, and tried both of the audio drivers as well as the COnexant PCI card drivers it mentioned, but nothing seems to be working.

It makes me wonder. If they indeed formatted and had to reinstall the OS, could it be possible they installed things in the wrong order?

He has a Windows XP Home Premium Computer. It is Service Pack 3 as well. It is known as a Dell Vostro 200. He still has the Driver Cds that came with it, and it seems to mention the PCI card could be some form of communications modem. But, I get the feeling that is not the case as he is not getting sound, so I assume it could be something more.

I tried installing the Conexant Drivers, as well as the Creative Labs and Realtek Audio drivers as well for it, but unfortunatly, nothing seems to work.

Could it be possible that I may need to format the computer, install the Windows OS, then the Core Drivers and then the individual driv... Read more

A:PCI Card/Sound issues on WinXP SP3 Dell Vostro 200

What is this "PCI card error" that you refer to?

FWIW: There is no order to install drivers.

If there is a device reflected in Device Manager as requiring drivers...I would simply insert the original drivers CD and allow it to self-install, rather than manually trying to install random drivers.

The Dell drivers for that system can be downloaded from the Dell website, if you choose not to use the Dell CD.


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I am in college and we are Diagnosing a Dell OptiPlex GX270 with Win Xp. I know that 270s are known for bad capacitors but this is not the problem. It Boots REALLY slow and will randomly boot

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I have a Dell optiplex GX270 desktop running Winxp Pro OS . My issue is, after my computer was returned back to me from a friend, it was unable to boot to windows. The error message indicated that the following file is missing or corrupt:


I have reset the bios, then I inserted the original Dell reinstallation cd for Windows xp professional . Then, I tried the (ASR) method first; but the problem with that is, it prompt for the ASR floppy disk. (In which I do not have a floppy drive.) Is there another option? Is there a way I can aquire such file and possible download and burn a bootable copy onto a cd? Run it that way?

Please help..... Thank you in advance.

A:System Recovery for Dell Optiplex Gx270 Winxp Pro OS

Boot off of the Windows Disc Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn Boot off of the newly created CD and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.
You can also download the ISO image for Drive Fitness Test in my signature and burn the image to a CD using IMGBurn and boot off of the newly created CD and run the short and extended tests on the HDD to test the integrity of the drive.

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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 th... Read more

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I have no sound and no icon in system tray
My OS is Win2000 pro

Mother Board....... Dell Optiplex GX 260
Audio Adapter ...... Intel 82801DBICH4 - AC'97 Audio Controller A-1

Chipset.........Intel Brookdale G i845G

Device Manager Shows yellow "!" next to

1. USB Audio Device
2. Soundmax Integrated Digital Audio

Need assistance in locating audio drivers

A:No sound Dell Optiplex GX 260

Have you tried getting the sound driver from the dell website??

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Hi. This 24pix MINI atx power connector is basically the same as normal ATX connector (bur smaller of course)? At the pin settings is different? Where I can buy 24pix ATX to 24 pin MINI atx adapter that will work with those boards? Thanks.

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Moddiy makes this.
Dell 980 960 780 760 PSU 24-Pin to Mini 24-Pin Adapter Cable (10cm)

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I have 2 Dell Optiplex GX300 dekstops. Both of them have problems. 1 of them makes the error alarm sound that theres no memory when it boots even when it has memory in it. I've got four different sticks of the correct 128mb memory for it that I have tried and still it will not boot. I am certain all the memory is good because the other exact machine boots fine with it. The problem with the second one is that I can't seem the get a display on it. There is an AGP video card installed which I have taken out and put back in. I've also replaced it with a PCI video card and still I can't get any visual. I've checked every cable on everything and I'm pretty sure its something to do with the motherboard but can't really tell. Just to clarify I have not seen these machines in action nor were they my personal pc's. They are two of many desktop systems I won in an auction. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Dell Optiplex GX300 Issues

You can get a Dell manual for your PC here. Then use the beep codes section and see exactly whats wrong with the one PC. The other PC may not be booting up so any memory you install in it as a test may show nothing.
Also I see that your computer uses RIMMs not ordinary SDRAM memory. Ususally Rimms must be installed in identical pairs. So be sure that both slots are full and that the same speed and size of Rimm memory is installed in both slots.

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This machine worked fine until the user decided to shut down and reboot. When she shut down, the pc never would turn back on.
I have check the power supply up against another pc and it works fine. I figure it is something in the power button itself or some other function I am not seeing or thinking of.
Can someone, please, send your thoughts on this issue? The machine will simply not power up at all, no lights,etc.
Please respond asap to my email. [email protected]

A:Dell Optiplex sx280 issues

dshirley said:

I have check the power supply up against another pc and it works fine. [email protected]Click to expand...

When you say 'against another pc ' do you mean you took the power supply module/unit out of this pc and put it in another? Or do you mean the wall outlet?

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Im dealing with this dell pc and the issue is that it wont power up anymore, you would first suspect that the psu is blown. so I then ordered two different dell psu for the pc and still no luck. When you plug in the power cable to the psu, you get the motherboard light to come on, so then when you press the power button nothing comes on at all, no fans , cpu fans nothing,,,how else could I test out these dell psu"s...

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Hi, I recently upgraded my Dell Optiplex 755 EnergySmart MT to Windows 7.0.  I am not getting any sound from the speakers.  Can someone please help?

A:Dell Optiplex 755 MT with Windows 7.0 NO SOUND

The windows Vista Driver for X86 or X64 works fine in windows 7 or windows 8 or windows 8.1 You will also need the AMT HECI drivers if the system has Vpro
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Hard Drive Installation (via WinZip) with Setup.exe File for Intel_AMT-HECI_A02_R255437.exe


1.Click Download Now, to download the file.

2.When the File Download window appears, click Save (Windows XP

users will click Save) this program to disk and click OK.  The Save In:

window appears.

3.From the Save In: field, click the down arrow then click to

select Desktop and click Save.  The file will download to your desktop.

4.If the Download Complete window appears, click Close.  The file

icon appears on your desktop.


1.Double-click the new icon on the desktop labeled Intel_AMT-HECI_A02_R255437.exe.

2.The Self-Extracting window appears and prompts you to extract or

unzip to C:\DELL\DRIVERS\R255437. Write down this path so the executable (I.e.

Setup.exe) file can be found later.

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Hello to the community. All being well, someone can solve a problem that has been driving me crazy all week and I won't have to die in a diabetic haze of chocolate (my prefered means of suicide).
I have a Dell Optiplex 330 which never gave me any problems until recently. I have no sounds whatsoever. O/S is Vista 32bit Business version. The on-board sound was okay for me, but I wanted to get better sound and start producing training videos. I Bought a Hauppauge WinTV Nova-T Freeview TV USB package, and that installed and I could watch TV and sound was fine. I was running a file recovery programme for a day or so, and when I came down the next morning, Microsoft had interrupted it with an update and reset my machine for me. After that, no sound. No TV on my PC either because it needs a sound card to work. I ordered a new ASUS Xonar D1 PCI soundcard and while waiting for it, I downloaded all the new drivers for the Dell and Hauppauge. Even some from Microsoft. Nothing made a difference. I changed a few bits in the BIOS. Still nothing. When the new soundcard turned up, I held my breath and installed the new drivers and rebooted. Still nothing. In System Driver Properties, I have a code 39 - Cannot load the device driver for this hardware. In the Control Panel in the Sound section I am told - No audio devices are installed. Against the three sound items are exclamation marked. My speaker icon is crossed through. I've tried as much as I know, but I can't get off the... Read more

A:Dell Optiplex Sound A Goner

Try doing a System Restore with the Hauppauge installed, to a time before the problem first happened

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Hello. I am new to this forum so I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. I was wondering if I could have some help with Floppy drives on a dell Optiplex 466/l from 1994. I am trying to install a hard drive and I need a Windows 95 install 3.5" 1.44mb floppy disks. I got an image online but when I put it in the floppy drive it says "diskette drive 0 seek failure". So I got a floppy drive from my sell dimension 4600(which I used to make the image) and the Optiplex said " diskette read failure". All the posts online for these errors say to disable floppy drive but I can't do that because I need both the floppy and hard drive. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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i am totally new to this and am not a computer whizz at all..i need help with my dell optiplex gx280...when trying to litens to music or watch anything i do not have any sound at all..i went into control panel and nothing is muted is says my default sound devixe is Soundmax digital audio, i also pressed f2 when the dell screen came up to check that BIOS but i couldnt change anything and i was unsure if i needed to do anything with it..its really bugging me now have no sound and wondered if there is anything i could do via the computer or shall i jsut go and buy speakers!!??

all advice very much appreciated for this computer dummy!

A:No Sound on Dell Optiplex with Soundmax audio

Take the computer to a friend that understands how to troubleshoot computer problems. We can't stand beside you and see for ourselves what the problem is caused by. You have to be able to understand what we ask you to do...

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Hi Expert

My client has 5 desktops at his office all of them are Dell OptiPlex GX720 with XP Prof SP3.

One of them sound does not work,,,,,I tried many things, install driver and download new driver , check if the sound is disabled or enabled ,,,,etc.

Sound card is built in.

What I did from home I accessed the desktop that has sound issue (VPN and RDP) and when I un installed the sound driver and installed it again the sound worked I thought this is the end of my dilemma, I was so happy because the issue was solved and I called the client to tell him that everything is fine.

Next day there was a surprise for me my client rang me to tell me that sound does not work,,,,,,I have no idea what do ? Why it was working when I logged in remotely ?

What are other steps I ought to be considering for the troubleshooting ?


A:Dell OptiPlex GX720 sound does not work

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I'm stumped. My customer told me that she had done something to the sound in her parent's computer and couldn't get it back on. She's a database programmer, so the possibilities are endless. The system has a TurtleBeach A3d card in it, and play the first second of a wave then choke on it. I updated the drivers and the BIOS with no avail. So I put in an Esoniq ES1373 card in. It sounded like an alarm bell whenever a wave was played, and occasionally make screaching sounds. Then I tried MY Audigy card (weeps) and it acted just like the A3d card. Now it is apparently deceased (moans) as my computer no longer recongizes its presence. So my question is, is this a problem with the system as I'm currently assuming or is there something going on in Win2k I'm not seeing.

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Hello everyone,

I am new to this board and want to say hello, first off. Now for the reason I am here in the first place. I have no computer sound! I recently reformatted my computer and installed Windows XP Pro. Everything works great except my speakers! I have no startup sounds and no sounds period. I have searched the web over and over, trying to figure out the problem. I have had very little luck so far.

Here is what my computer is doing. When I got to Start>Accessories> Entertainment>Volume Control i get a message telling me...

" There are no active mixer devices available. To install mixer devices, go to Control Panel, click Printers and Other Hardware, and click Add Hardware...

This program will now close"

I have all my specs' listed in my profile for help. If there is any information that is missing that needs to be known to help figure out the problem, please let me know.

Thanks, slo0pyj0e

A:Trouble with computer sound...Dell OptiPlex GX270

Hi sloppyjoe and welcome

Go here

look under audio

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Hello everyone

I need this driver for windows 7 x86

Intel 82801g( ich7 family) I/O controller hub ac'97 audio for windows 7

for Dell Optiplex Gx520 computer

A:(Need) Dell Optiplex Gx520 Sound Card Drivers for Win 7 x86

Hello, you should be able to find all drivers for your PC at the link below:

Product Support | Dell US

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Hi, I might be able to buy a second hand Optiplex mini tower and I would like to install the motherboard etc. of my Optiplex 755 SFF.

Wilt thi fit?

The idea is that with the Mini Tower I can buy a better GPU.


A:Does motherboard of Optiplex 755 SFF fit in a Dell optiplex 745 dualcore mini tower?

No it wont fit.   The board layout, number of slots etc is different.

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I would like to share my experiences how to fix noisy audio output on Dell Optiplex 755 under linux. I did try changing power supply, better video card, adding separate sound card (front panel audio output doesn't work then) updating drivers and even changing the whole computer. I was first sure that the reason for the noise must be old capacitors somewhere in the system board or in the power supply. It took me months to find the solution.
The symptoms are: static noise on audio even if there should be no sound at all. The noise doesn't depend on the audio volume. 
The solution: open terminal, start alsamixer. HDA Intel Analog Devices AD1984 should open. Use right cursor key to scroll the screen until Beep audio level adjust is selected. Lower the volume of Beep down. This should fix the noisy output.  I set the Beep volume to 6%.Apparently Beep sound output produces low level noise even if no beep sound is produced. If Beep volume is adjusted to high in alsamixer, this noise is amplified and added to the audio mix.

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I was planning on buying either a Dell Optiplex 780 SFF or an Dell Optiplex 980 SFF but I would like to know which one will work with Windows XP 64 Bit.

A:Will Windows XP 64 Bit work on a Dell Optiplex 780 SFF or Optiplex 980 SFF?

For Windows XP 64 Bit its best to use the somewhat hidden (old ftp website):
This has the old drivers listed of multiple versions including the XP x64 drivers not mentioned on Drivers and Downloads. The new ftp website is slightly broken at present.

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I have a Gateway Tablet PC, and I did the System Restore it has build it(I was having major issues with slowness, not shutting down and freezing even though virus protection said I was fine.) So I did the restore and everything else is working wonderfully, except the volume. There is no toolbar icon to change it and in the 'start, control panel, sounds speech and audio devices, sounds and audio devices' everything is grayed out, I cannot change anything exept the tab 'sounds' sound scheme. It is set to windows default now, before it was blank. But this has not helped any. I have tried to go to the Device manager and change/update, but no luck. Everything says the drivers are working, but when I click 'advanced volume controls' a beep from the PC itself(not the speakers) goes off then a pop-up says "there are no active mixer devices available. to install mixer devices, go to Control Panel, click Printers and other hardware, and then click add hardware." That does not work. What is the real problem and how do I fix it? Sound used to work just fine before I did they restore. Please help! I've read other articles and they have gotten me know where, so please don't tell me to read those instead.

A:Reinstall Winxp Sound Issues

Right click the sound Device in Device Manager and uninstall the Device, then Right click any device in Device Manager and choose Scan For Hardware Changes. it should recognize your sound hardware and ask if you want to install the previous driver or a new one. Try a new one. If that still doesn't work then go to the Gateway Support site and down load an audio driver for your make and model PC.

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Hi, (Sound): I started having trouble back in 12/2010. My 5.1 surround started playing out of only my center speaker. I figured I had a virus so I ran Malwarebytes and it found infected registry values and data items. It successfully quarantined and deleted the infected files found (I am posting a log file of that scan from 12/11/10). After that, the sound was still not working correctly. Anytime I would go into the control panel sound menu and change settings, the result of center speaker only output was the same. I then uninstalled and reinstalled my Soundblaster Audigy driver. Still the problem persists. I have tried both the latest version driver and an older version, both with the same results. (Win Update): I have my Automatic Updates set to notify me when new updates are available before they are downloaded. Once I select the updates to be downloaded, the update icon disappears from the task tray and my firewall will show no download activity occurring. I have to go to the windows update website in order to download and install any updates.Both of these issues are beyond normal for my computer. I scan frequently with Malwarebytes(Safe Mode) and Avast(Boot-time scan), but they are not picking up anything. Please take a look and see if there is anything you can find to help me cure these odd system issues. I really want to avoid a complete wipe and install. Hopefully I accurately followed all the steps listed in your Preparation Guide posting. I have p... Read more

A:WinXP Pro SP3- Automatic Update & Sound Issues

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Two drives on system 265GB Samsung on motherboard and 1TB drive internal bay.
Dell installed OS on drive 0 (C) 1TB (slower drive) and the SSD drive(fastest) drive 1 (E) blank empty.
Make no sense to me.

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When the PC starts up, the dell loading screen begins. Normally this takes around a few seconds but this time it didn't end. We've tried all the diagnostic tests and they all came back fine. Also tried disconnecting all external cables (ie headphones, ethernet etc). Powered on and off multiple times and no change. 
By the way, I don't know if this is related or not, but last night before the issue occurred, I was randomly logged out. Once it logged me back in, everything was closed and there was a small square of like TV static towards the bottom right corner. I restarted and it fixed the issue there but I don't know.
Thanks in advance, Sean

A:Dell Optiplex 9020 AIO stuck on Dell loading screen

Unplug the system and hold the power button for 30 sec.  Then try powering up again.

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I have a Dell computer which the sound comes out crackily - its not the speakers as tried a different set of speakers that work fine on another computer and the sound comes out all broke up too.

I have changed the sound card and no improvemt.

Do DELL computer have know problems with known sound issues?


A:Dell Computer sound issues....

Do you have the latest sound driver?

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I have an Inspiron 660 desktop that I bought about 3.5 years ago. I updated to Windows 10 and have recently started using a Dell U2415 UltraSharp Monitor. The sound bar was working well with the new monitor and desktop until about a week ago I noticed the sound started getting low, then completely out, then came back on like normal.  It worked fine for the last week, then it started doing it again today and now completely no sound.  I have tried headphones and two different Dell sound bars and the sound doesn't work on any of them.  I have looked at settings and device manager and it says the 'Intel (R) Display Audio' is working correctly.
I have looked at different solutions, including downloaded the latest audio (Conexant Smart Audio Driver) and chip driver updates (12/15) and still no luck.  Can someone please help?

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I have a rather harmless question concerning an odd problem that has been occurring with the headphone jack on my Dell Latitude laptop. When I start up the computer and want to use the headphones, it works perfectly fine. I can even choose between using the speakers or the headphones interchangeably. However, the issues come in when I receive communication from microphones on other computers. For instance, when playing in an online game, the headphones will work until somebody says something using a microphone through the voice chat client. At this point, all sound exits the headphones and comes out of the speakers regardless of whether the headphones are still plugged in or not.

I can make a quick fix by restarting the computer, but then the cycle begins again. Like I said, it's a pretty harmless problem. Thanks ahead of time.

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Hi to all.

On my Dell OptiPlex 755 E6550 2.33, I've had intermittent issues with the headphone socket suddenly stopping working for quite some time,sometimes problem is auto detected and fixed, sometimes I download a driver or three to resolve. This time nothing is helping no matter what drivers I've tried. Have Win 7 Ultimate installed with just on-board sound. No sound or audio shows up in device manager? Are 755's fickle with on-board sound or just too many sound drivers installed? Any ideas please.

A:Dell OptiPlex 755 No Audio Output device and no Sound/Audio in Device Manager

There could be multiple hidden audio devices.
* Press windows key + R* Enter cmd, click OK* Type cd\ [press Enter]* Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 [press Enter]* Type devmgmt.msc [press Enter]* Once the Device Manager opens, open Sound and see if you have multiple grey out items. If yes, delete them, then restart the computer and retest

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Morning All,

Not come across one like this in the 18 or so months I have been qualified and actively repairing pcs so wondering if somebody could assist me please ?

I have a customers Dell D610 Laptop at the moment as a week after me going round to update her paid Antivirus (Bitdefender 2011 to 2012 Edition), she contacted me to say her she was getting no sound.

I went to collect it and when I asked her whether she had done anything different on the pc, she said she had done a cleanup scan and also scanned the registry for issues using CCleaner. I asked if she had backed it up before doing the scan and she said no !!

I brought the laptop home and ran a few virus and malware scans as the pc seemed quite slow using Malwarebytes, Superantispyware and A Squared but all came back clear.

Checked the device manager and the following Sound, Video and Game controllers have yellow exclamation marks in front of them:-

Audio Codecs
Legacy Audio Drivers
Legacy Video Capture Drivers
Media Control Devices
Microsoft Kernel Acoustic Echo Canceller
Microsoft Kernel Audio Splitter
Microsoft Kernel DLS Synthesizer
Microsoft Kernel DRM Audio Descrambler
Microsoft Kernel GS Wavetable Synthesizer
Microsoft Kernel Wave Audio Mixer
Microsoft WINMN WDM Audio Compatibility Driver
Sigmatel C-Major Audio
Video Codecs

So I would have thought this would be an issue with the Sigmatel audio driver so:-

I have checked the Virus vault in Bitdefender just to make sure it hasn't accidentally ... Read more

A:No sound on Dell D610, XP SP3, Driver Issues

Appears to me that you have a number of XP sound files...which are not well as the Sigmatel audio controller.

<<I have done a repair install with the XP cd and that has made no difference>>

That should have eliminated the absent Microsoft files, which certainly would be necessary before installing the Sigmatel drivers, IMO.

If you replaced the hard drive and encountered no would seem that the finger points to the hard drive or the partition structure on the troublesome hard drive.

Did you try running the XP Sound Troubleshooter?


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Hi all. My Optiplex 780 had Windows 7 Pro on it, and I needed to step down to Windows XP.  On installation, I get to the Windows XP Install page, then about half way into the device drivers loading, I get this BSOD error. I've tried to go into BIOS and tweak a few settings, but to no avail.  I've taken all of my cards out and still am having the same issue. The system was working with no issues when it had Win7 on it, so I don't think that there are any memory issues.
Any thoughts how I can go about getting past this error?  I've seen some posts about loading additional Dell drivers, but not really sure how to do that.  My Optiplex does not have a floppy drive.

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I recently purchased a Dell XPS 15 9550 and I love it. The speakers work well, I set defaults proper;y, etc. etc. 
However, I have a 5.1 Logitech surround system. plugged into a usb soundcard (vantec 7.1) and while there is sound coming from my speakers, it is only from the front two speakers, essentially stereo sound. In the soundcard software, I can test each speaker individually, and they are all working and outputting sound when tested through its own software (each speaker will say its name and position within the 5.1 setup). When I play other audio, such as YouTube, or any other website, or audio file, it only plays from two (out of 6) speakers.
The Dell audio manager is no help, I mute the realtek speakers and microphone and it still plays from two speakers of my system. I try to change the "speaker setup" in the Dell audio manager to anything but stereo, and the drop down menu refuses to open, so there is nothing for me to really click on. I tried reinstalling the drivers to no avail.
Does anyone know of a fix?

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This is getting a little bit outside of the realm of computers, but I thought I would give it a go to see if I could get some suggestions.

I have a Epson powerlite 1945W projector connected wirelessly to a Dell Inspiron Desktop. The dell has the 64 bit operating system and is running Windows 10. The desktop is connected to a sound mixer.

The problem I am having is as follows. When I am not connected to the projector I can run the sound through the sound board. However, once connected to the Epson projector the sound will not go trough the sound board at all. The only option it gives me is to connect to the speaker that is built into the projector itself. I cannot show a video on the projector and have the sound go through my sound mixer.

Any suggestions? I tried disabling the Epson projector speakers but that doesn't help.

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Does anyone know if the Optiplex GXi will work with an 80 GB HD? If not what can I do? That is the size of my extra drive.

A:Dell Optiplex GXi

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Hi everyone,

I have been looking up about getting a replacement for my existing CPU which is an Intel Core i5 (Version: 2400) and upgrading to the new Intel Core i5 4460 which does support HD better for what I needed, such as movies and gaming (I only need up to 60FPS).

But other than that, I have been looking either at a portable GPU. The GPU is called a Zotac GeForce GTX 960 4GB (from NVidia). I just want to know if this will fit and will it work well with my PC?

I just want to know if the new Intel Core i5 4460 will fit in the Optiplex 390's motherboard, the same for the Zoatac GeForce GTX 960 4GB GPU.

But I would be interested to see what you have come up with any other CPU/GPU recommendations for this Dell Optiplex 390 Desktop.

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?

Anyways, to be able to upgrade to a Haswell processor you'll need a new motherboard aswell (Those with H81 chipset will do). The Zotac GTX 960 will work provided you have enough juice from the PSU to be able to supply the graphics card

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Hi!. I got a not so new Dell optiplex 745 with a old Intel Pentium 4 530 @3.00Ghz with 1gb of sYstem RAM, a 80gb seagate hard drive, a 305w power supply And integrated intel gma 3000 graphics, my question is, Can i replace the old Pentium 4 that is 90nm with a Pentium e5500 or a Core 2 Duo e6750 that are 45nm? also, i will buy a geforce gt430 and a 2gb dual channel ddr2 memory. does the power supply support these three components? also is this a good computer or should i buy a motherboard and install everything from the start?

A:Help With Dell Optiplex 745

Minitower Optiplex 745:
Supported microprocessor types: Intel® Pentium® 4, Pentium® D, Celeron®, or Core™ processor
DDR2 RAM should be installed in matched pairs so you'd need to install 2 of them. But there's no point installing 4 GB of RAM with a 32-bit version of Windows which can only use ~3.0 - 3.5 GB of RAM. Note, this system supports 2 GB RAM modules but only those running at 533, 667 MHz. It doesn't support 2 GB modules running at 800 MHz, but apparently will support smallar modules running at 800 MHz.

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I have a dell optiplex Gx 270 it powers up but with no dislay on the monitor boots up and from the on board speak you can hear that Windows xp has loaded but still displays nothing. I have change my ram, i have tried a pci display card, but still to no avail and i have also tried heating the display chipset on the board and still have same redults someone please help.

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I have a Dell Optiplex 745 SFF with a Pentium D 945 3.4GHz 2x2mb I would like to upgrade the processor to the best possible option but not sure what if any I can upgrade to? 2nd question What would be the best Nvidia Geforce Graphics card I could upgrade this system to? Thank you for any help you can offer!

A:Dell Optiplex 745 SFF

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Hello I have a dell optiplex 755..

I have 2 gigabytes of ram
I have 256 mobile intel graphics card
I have a dual core 2 duo processor

I want to buy a new graphics card but i cant decide what to get and i dont know wheather it is a ddr2 or ddr3 ... i want a graphics card for good games like NFS all the new versions and some other good new games ..

Please i need ur help asap .. Ty


A:Help with Dell Optiplex 775

I couldn't find a place to install a graphics card on the motherboard, can you?

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hi there My dvdrom hardware seems to be acting weird it will eject but will not play or autoplay the discs,
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A:dell dvd rom 745 optiplex

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Has anyone installed Windows 7 on a Dell Optiplex GX 280? I am trying to install and and I get as far as the initial "starting windows" where setup begins at, and I get

STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}

Anyone know what is wrong?

A:Dell Optiplex GX 280

Press F8 during boot. Select Last Known Good Configuration. If this works, we will take it from there.

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I was trying to install windows Xp sp2 on a Dell computer: Optiplex 755. When the software reach that step: setup starting windows a blue screen display saying windows has been shut down to prevent damage, check for viruses, check your HDrive, etc?
I removed that HDrive, and I installed to another Dell computer same type (Optiplex 755) I started the process of that windows Xp sp2 (installation) everything was fine. Now I switch back the HDrive to the first Dell Optiplex 755. I power on it started loading properly when it?s about to reach the screen that has the recycle bin. The blue screen display again with the same message, windows has been shutdown to prevent damage etc?, at this point which one to accuse the memory or the Bios, any help will be greatly appreciate.

A:Dell Optiplex 755

That PC uses SATA drive controllers . . Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

If there are no such settings you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :


You can get a reinstallation guide specific to your Dell here

Are you using the Dell Reinstalltion disc? . . if so is it SP3? Those have the Intell SATA drivers

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Hello,I purchased an Optiplex 380 a couple of years ago which came with 2x2GB RAM @ 1066Mhz and now I think time has come to upgrade to at least 8GB. So, I tried a kingston value ram of 4gb @ 1333Mhz and unfortunately it beeped with 1 and 3 diagnostic LEDs lit. I know that the Dell manual says a maximum of 4GB ram but I have seen people here on dell forums running 2x4GB without any problems, so according to my thinking, maybe the bus frequency is the problem? shall I try 1066Mhz? Crucial's site also suggests up to 1600Mhz so whats the confusion here?P.S. I have latest BIOS A07 flashed.

A:Dell Optiplex 380 max RAM

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.
P.S:  We haven't tested 8GB configuration on this motherboard from the factory, If none of the steps works, You may have to revert back to 4GB. 

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Hi guys I need some help please my dell optiplex 745 sff will not boot up just amber light at points abcd and real loud fan

A:dell optiplex 745 sff

my guess would be that this was after some kind of storm or power surge. can you see the bios loading? in order to diagnose this you will have to have parts that are known to be good and go through the machine one piece at a time. The main suspects right now is the power supply, CPU, or the mother board. Do you get any audable beeps when it is trying to start up?

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My dell optiplex 755 sometimes won't turn on, and other times will. When I turn it on by the plug you hear it power on but the monitors just go on standby. But others times it powers on perfectly ? I'm confused!??

A:Dell optiplex 755

Hi welcome to TSF

How old is this computer? It could be the power supply going bad.

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This is a continuation of my earlier thread which says it is locked:

Alas, the unit recommended to me in that thread is sold out.

I have been looking at similar units of the same model number but, as best I can tell, although they have the same name/model, the Dell Optiplex 780 seems to come in two different case sizes, a MF and a SFF, the SFF being the smaller of the two.

The SFF seem to be the more plentiful and about $50 more expensive, while having only 1TB SATA compared to the MT having 2TB.

Am I right in thinking that there are indeed two case sizes; and, if so, which is the preferable ?


A:DELL Optiplex 780 ???

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I am using Dell optiplex 390 we wanted to know that in Serial port which is connected in cpu for db9 contains full handshaking i.e wheather it supports UART TX,RX,CTS&RTS functionality.
Thank you,Deepanraj.A

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I did a restart on my PC because I had a virus and I couldn't get the virus off now the monitor is froze on one page 1 screen blue asking questions and with them what does the symbol next down at the bottom and I can't there's no air like a woman who I can't get that thing off there I need help Live Help

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It's an older dell (Optiplex 320 3mhz single core w 2 g ram) with onboard graphics. Want to put a 256 or 512 mb pci e card in as an upgrade. Any economical suggestions?

A:dell optiplex 320

Do you have the Mini tower or the desktop model 320?

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I am new to this site, and I am needing some help. I am trying to erase the hard drive on a Dell Optiplex 755 with Windows XP, and reinstall factory settings. I have already reinstalled major drivers once, but the user says that this harddrive is "buggy", and since I'm suppose to be the IT guru he wants me to do a factory reset. My two questions are this. First. Is it Ctrl F11 or F12 that I hold when starting up, and where do i go from there? Secondly. Do I need anything like killdisk or paragon disk wiper pro to fully erase harddrive?

Thanks for youtr help.

A:Dell Optiplex 755

Here is the support site for the Dell OptiPlex 755.


Here is the user guide for that desktop.

Expand the "Troubleshooting" menu and then expand the "Restoring Your Operating System" menu.


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I have a dell that does not read the cd-rom. In bios it reads "cd-not installed. Does that mean adding text to a file? Look at photos

A:Dell Optiplex 260

It displays "cd-rom device NOT installed". So the drive is faulty or not connected properly.

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I need information about the following:
I owe a Dell Optiplex 745 sff running Vista Business,
hard disk is a 80 Gigabyte sata
The hard disk is almost full and I wish to take it out and replace same by a 2.5" sata hard disk.
Can anyone tell me whether this is possible and if so how to go about it?
Because it's a small form factor it can only hold one hard disk.
Your advice will be highly appreciated and thank you beforehand.

A:Dell Optiplex 745 sff

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Trying to fix this thing up for my grandaughter. It has a 200 mh. processor 128MB ram and a 40GB hard drive. Now it seems that the mb. drive controller is inop. At least that is what it says when I try to boot. I was told that it wouldn't support the 40 GB drive anyway so I bought a PCI ATA card. By the way I installed a 6GB. drive to see if the MB.would boot it,and it said the same thing. How can I get it to boot? It seems impossible because I need the PCI card to get to the drive and the system needs the driver for the PCI card to run the drive. Is there any chance???

A:Help Dell Optiplex GXi

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I just purchased a (barely) used Optiplex 960 from my office (my employers often sell used equipment to employees if they want to get rid of it).  It's in great shape, clean, and all the hardware seems to work, except for the fan speed controller.  I know it's supposed to adjust the speed of the cooling fan depending on how hot the CPU is getting, but it's not doing that.  The fans seem to stay on low / medium speed even when the CPU is pushing 70 degrees C according to Speedfan...which is WAY too hot.  The only way I can get the fan to speed up is by disabling the auto-speed control in the BIOS and leave it on 100% constantly. 
Anybody have any suggestions?  Is the temperature controller damaged, or do these systems normally run hot?  Thanks!

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Hi, I recently bought this new Dell Optiplex 745 SFF computer off of my brother and I really need to upgrade this damn video card. I can't stand integrated. But since it is a Small Form Factor case, I am supposed to get an SFF video card. Well, I don't want one. So I was wondering if I can just modify the innards of the case and leave the door off and will it be fine to just use a normal non-low-profile Video Card in this case? It is PCI-E so if you know of any good cards for under $75 throw them at me, I just want to play The new Borderlands game. Thank you all.

A:Dell Optiplex 745 SFF Question

Sure, leave the cover off. The motherboard is the same as the full width Optiplex 745, so if your office space is secure to prevent a cat or a box of Oreos from getting in there, you can do what you wish. I would cover the opening with a treated cheese cloth or other dust and lint preventative.
You can also find a lot of video cards where the only change need is the size of the install end. Take the hardware off an old junker card with matching components, you will be happy.
The real problem is that Optiplex power supply will not work well with some video graphics cards due to power demands.

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I will start loading when powered up, the go to black screen and it days type in system password, but you can't type anything in there without it beebing at you and halting the system?

Any thoughts?

A:[SOLVED] need help with Dell optiplex 360

Did you set a Bios Password? If so, you need to type that in. Sounds like you have a stuck key on the keyboard. Turn the keyboard upside down and blow out the keys with a can of compressed air. Try a different keyboard

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At work we have 3 Dell Optiplex GX270's purchased from an ICT equipment recycler. They came from the supplier with a fresh version of XP Pro installed on them, and the XP Pro Dell OEM COA on the side, and i therefore assumed they were legal.

I have come to fresh install XP Pro on them, and the OEM disk the vendor supplied will not allow me to enter the COA off of the side as a valid Windows XP Key.

What version of Windows XP Pro do i need to source to allow me to use the COA off of the side of the tower?



Any Dell Reinstall CD that is XPSP2 should work. Since it is OEM it will not work with Retail disks or Upgrade disks.

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system locks when users log on after scriptlogic runs and user must restart the pc to complete log on process. sometimes systems lock up during use. Really need some help with this one, because i have a few pc's with that same problem which won't go away no matter what i try

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX260, when I turn it on I get the message "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility". I cannot get pass this screen. What could be wrong with this system.

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Hi All,
I currently have a problem with my computer. Seeing i'm a beginner i have no idea how to fix my problem. Hopefully there will be enough info below for somebody in the know to help me solve my problem.
I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 Desktop, O.S Win XP pro SP2, 533MHz Bus 256MB Ram.
I recently installed new ram 2x512, The ram specs where provided by Crucial memory's patch. The ram specs where DDR SDRam PC3200 400MHz 64x64bit CL3. the computer was running fine after i installed the memory for a bit over 24 hours. I had received an email at that point i got an error screen telling me to restart my computer in normal mode if this was the first time i had seen this message. This information was on the screen, Error Signature
BC Code:1000008e BCP1:C000005 BCP2:B59923D8 BCP3:B69157D8 BCP4:00000000 OSVer:5_1_2600 Product 256_1
*** STOP 0x00000050 (0xE01748F8, 0x00000001, 0x8054B339, 0x00000000
I restarted it but it froze halfway through the bios loading. I restarted again it started power on but nothing else and the screen stayed on stand-by. I restarted again it showed n-vidia card and nothing else. I tried booting it from CD it did'nt respond just a black screen. It was suggested to try removing the new hardware and reinstall it again, i did but no success. i got a screen saying ; Alert previous attempts at booting this system have failed at chec... Read more

A:Ram troubles with Dell Optiplex

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I have installed windows 7 Professional in a Dell Optiplex GX240.  I need to find the associated drivers for it.  Does anyone know a website?  Should I just reload windows Vista home premium?  

A:Dell Optiplex GX240

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Hi !

We have win2k network with 1000 cleints, and i have one little or big problem. have setup an RIS server and Dell Optiplex clients with intel boot agent cant recive any boot filname error E-53. Alla other cleints can pxeboot or funcion with a risboot floppy. Its only this Dell Optiplex who cant pxeboot.

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Can I change CPU in Pentium to Core I7 ? 
Dell Optiplex 380 Support this CPU?

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I've tried disabling the Autosleep/powersaver on a Dell Optiplex GX, with no luck. Any clues?

A:DELL Optiplex GX AutoSleep

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The college I go's Computer Lab has a eBay account in which they sell used PC's that are surplus or no longer used. I bought a Dell Optiplex 780 from them. Since I was in class today and the auction ended today just 30 minutes before class, I snagged the only bid of $40. Now all the computers in the computer lab are this model and run Windows 7. I was told that Windows 7 is native to this desktop. It came with Windows 7 Pro, but if you know me, I am all about personalization so I wiped the PC clean by deleting the partitions using GParted and installed w7 myself. It says it has all the drivers except 2. technically it needs 3. The system claims that the Video drivers are already installed, but I cannot achieved a higher resolution than 1280x1024 on a 1080p (1920x1080) monitor. The computers at the college running the same OS, same model desktop are displaying in 1080p. Mine is not however.
drivers needed:
Video Driver Hardware ID
(says it is installed but no HD or widescreen)(computers at college are)

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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Hey guys, I reloaded win7 on this unit, it started restarting on it's own after I choose the shut down option in windows and it shuts down but now "sometimes" when i go to the net it will shut down too and restart, any ideas please?

A:Dell optiplex 390 restarting on it's own?

Tap F8 at boot and select Disable Autorestart on System Failure. Hopefully the next time it will throw a BSOD you can diagnose. Also check your Event Viewer for any problems.

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I have a Dell optiplex 745 with pentium d 3.4ghz. recently i began getting blurring and horizontal line on screnn which rectify when disconnecting ad reconnecting the monitor. It has now died. First the thrid warning light was not showing which think indicates a graphics problem which is integrated. i am now getting nothing fromm it. The fan comes on and the motherboard light but no output whatsover. The standby button has gone from green when working to orange which i think indicates a problem?? Any advice to whether it could be a motherboard/ processor or other problem would be greatly appreciated

A:dell optiplex dead?

First off, the amber light on the monitor means simply that the monitor is turned on but not getting a signal from the computer. So, I think your problem is in the computer.

These are the possibilities as I see them in roughly their most likely to least likely order:
Bad power supply
Bad video card
Bad main board or processor or both
Bad memory chip

disconnecting ad reconnecting the monitorClick to expand...

Disconnecting and reconnecting a digital monitor can fry a main board or processor.

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Hey Guys & Gals,

I Installed Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit On My Dell Optiplex 755, I Updated All My Drivers, But 2 Pieces Of Hardware Do Not Have Drivers Even After Updates. They Are,..PCI Serial Port & PCI Simple Communications Controller. Has Anybody Found Any Compatible Drivers For This Yet, It Will Be 5 Years Before M$ Gets Around To It.LOL! Thanks In Advance!!


A:Dell Optiplex 755 Driver

Hey Guys & Gals,

I Installed Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit On My Dell Optiplex 755, I Updated All My Drivers, But 2 Pieces Of Hardware Do Not Have Drivers Even After Updates. They Are,..PCI Serial Port & PCI Simple Communications Controller. Has Anybody Found Any Compatible Drivers For This Yet, It Will Be 5 Years Before M$ Gets Around To It.LOL! Thanks In Advance!!


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Hello i got this dell optiplex gx 260 and i have this monitor well its a tv which i use for monitor and it loads the dell logo but then after that the screen turns black, so i got my old old old.... monitor a Amptron and i was able to see it fine, so any help here? the tv is a toshiba

A:Dell Optiplex GX260

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Last night I opened it up to see where a second drive would go and I don't really see an obvious spot for one. Nor do I see connectors around where the current hard drive is. Does anyone know if this PC can accept a second HD?

A:Add a second HD to Dell Optiplex GX280?

It can if you remove the floppy drive and mount the hard drive in that spot. You'll need to use an IDE cable with two connectors and use it for the CD/DVD and the new hard drive. I don't recall if there was a SATA connection on the motherboard, if so that would be the way to go.

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Hello! I want to upgrade to DELL OptiPlex 760 (service tag
<ADMIN NOTE: Service tag removed per privacy policy>
1-replace the HHD drive on the SSD.
2 - replace the E6600 on CPU Q9550S.
3 - to add 4 more GB of RAM.
Version BIOS - A16. All the latest updates for your computer installed.
Questions: 1 - the PSU should be changed? 2- it is possible during the update do not use the fan HHD disk? 3- possible such an upgrade and have all the systems to work stably?
Thank you for your time. Best regards, Sergey. Sorry for bad English.

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i recently got a dell optiplex gx280 from my dad and i was wondering of anyone could show me the way to a 64x cpu
current specs:
cpu:2.80 ghz 2 logical cores 1 real
ram:4gb 3gb useable
video:radeon 3400 1.5gb ram
operating system:ubuntu 14.04

A:x64 bit cpu for old dell optiplex gx280

There is no point to X64 cpu in this model.  The GX620 is the same and has a 3.5 gig ram limit based on a chipset limitation not on 64 bit OS or not. You have a Hyper thread single core P4.
Zero advantage to EMT64 cpu on this model.
Intel didn't implement 64 bit until the 600 series on socket 775
The GX280 is too old.  The GX620 can go all the way to windows 10 but it too cannot take advantage of more than 3.50 gigs of ram regardless of the physical amount installed.

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I'm trying to find a guide of some thing that will tell me the compatible processors for a optiplex 330 desktop tower?

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 I have a Dell Optiplex 755 mini tower and the past week or so there has been a ticking noise coming from the cpu fan area. I am not getting an error code when running diagnostics, it honestly just sounds like something is in the way causing the noise. I want to remove the fan and try cleaning it, but I have never done this before do not want to damage my cpu. I have looked on the Dell site trying to find maybe documentation on how to do this, but can not find anything and i dont have warranty any longer.
Does anyone know of a site or where on the Dell site to find documentation/videos on how to remove a cpu fan in a optiplex 755?

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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Ever seen i have this computer been running good but recently i don't know what happen but it runs slower and it has very low ram but never had a problem. Is running window xp pro sp3. Any idea what could be wrong.

A:Dell optiplex gx260

have you recently installed any new software or hardware?

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Sometimes when I turn it on, the power button light is dim gold, it blinks along with a blinking green light on the zip drive. At other times I get it to boot into windows(XPpro). Could it be the power button, it's like an art to turning on this thing.

A:Dell Optiplex gx240

You may have a motherboard with bad capacitors. A Google search turns up a number of hits with people having that problem with certain production runs of Dell Optiplex models.

With the computer turned off, look for any electrolytic capacitors (shiny aluminum cans with heat-shrink plastic covering) that are bulging or oozing liquid.

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I have a Dell Optiplex GX270. It is a SFF. Is this equivalent to a Micro-ATX?
I wish to replace motherboards and use a ZOTAC 9300-A-E.

A:Dell Optiplex GX270


Dell use their own PSU's in these models and you can only use the correct board.

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just as the title says .
i just want to know if nvidia geforce gts 450 is compatible w/ my dell optiplex 780

here are the specifications of my desktop.

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93GHz

2.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz
Manufacturer Kingston
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Type DDR3
Size 2048 MBytes
Channels # Dual
DRAM Frequency 532.6 MHz
CAS# Latency (CL) 7 clocks
RAS# to CAS# Delay (tRCD) 7 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 7 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 20 clocks
Command Rate (CR) 1T
DELL E1910 @ 1440x900
Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Intel(R) Q45/Q43 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
313GB Seagate ST3320418AS (SATA)
SoundMAX Integrated Digital High Definition Audio

Name DELL E1910 on Intel Q45/Q43 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Current Resolution 1440x900 pixels
Work Resolution 1440x860 pixels
State enabled, primary, output devices support
Monitor Width 1440
Monitor Height 900
Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Frequency 75 Hz
Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
i dont know anything about computers, so i just copied the specifications of my desktop using speccy ..

thanks .

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.

OptiPlex 780 Desktop Details | Dell

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I have a Dell Optiplex on the way from e-bay and I would like to go ahead and order some more ram so they get here about the same time but I am having a hard time finding out what ram chip to get for that model.

I normally don't have a problem looking up the correct ram but I am getting suggestions for PC-2-5300 and PC-2-6400 as well as some others. I know that it uses DDR2 but the rest is confusing me. I understand the chip speed such as 667mhz or 800mhz but the rest I am unfamiliar with.

Could someone please tell me what type of ram chip I need to get? I am going to get 1mb sticks so I don't care if they are exactly the same as what comes with it because it only comes with 215mb of ram so if I get one with a faster speed then it won't matter cause 215 mb is nothing for ram. Please help me with what ram chip to put in this unit if anyone can and thanks.

A:Ram issue for a Dell Optiplex

I could help you out with that. But first, I would need the exact model of the computer.

E.g. Dell Optiplex 360

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Hello Forum-I have an old dell desktop optiplex G1. It has worse than lousy 2 mb of video.Appearantly this video is on board as I can see no card, though it appears it has slots to accept cards. I looked every where on the net(or almost), but very limited info is available for the upgradability of this old unit. I seen some video cards(32 & 64mb) on ebay that looked as though they may fit slots, but I`m not sure they would work. Also could this grampa`s CPU be upgraded to say PIII(100or133 mhz bus). If so what parts may I need to upgrade? Thank-You very much for your knowledgeable advice.

A:Upgradability for Dell Optiplex G1

Not a lot you can do with that system. I don't believe there is an AGP video slot, but you should be able to add a PCI (not PCIe) video card. It's a Pentium II so the best you could do would be to upgrade to a faster PII. Since it's got a 400 that just leaves the 450 and that would be a useless upgrade.

In the end I can't see that it's worth doing anything with it.

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after a recent power flactuations, my pc couldnt launch the pre-installed xp. I tried to install the xp but when it reaches the portion for installing devices, the monitor screen goes black while the monitor lpower ight still keeps green. when there is no cd in the cd drive, the pc powers on POSTs and the monitor light turns amber. I have tried severally in vain to reinstall the xp. What could be the problem, the monitor or the cpu? and if it is cpu, is it a hardware problem and what could be done to remedy it

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

Burn the .iso to a disc and boot from it. If it boots ok then the hardware is fine then it's a software issue. If that's the case try and get another installation disk from a friend or wherever and try that.

If the CD with Linux Mint on it can't load then you have a graphics fault perhaps caused by the power fluctuations.

I think this model has integrated graphics but also has space for a pci-express graphics card. So if you can get hold of one of those you could try that..

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I am working on a Dell OptiPlex GS for one of my less fortunate friends. (this thing is a p166 with 32MB ram and a 56kbps modem. No speed demon, thats for sure). Anyway, I can't find enough info on this machine to access the BIOS. I know I am missing something but I can't figure out what. Delete does'nt work, F1 either. The machine in question can be found at


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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I have DELL OPTILPLEX 755 with 2.5 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS. It constantly restarts with BSOD

x64 (64-bit)
- the original installed OS on the system? - Windows 7 Ultimate
- an OEM or full retail version? - Full retail
- What is the age of system (hardware)? - bought it a month ago but it's released in markets much before that date
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) - 2 weeks

Note that I tried removing one of my RAMs to diagnose so the dump files may contain different info based on the existing HW installed at that time


Quote: Originally Posted by ar5384

I have DELL OPTILPLEX 755 with 2.5 GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 7100 GS. It constantly restarts with BSOD

x64 (64-bit)
- the original installed OS on the system? - Windows 7 Ultimate
- an OEM or full retail version? - Full retail
- What is the age of system (hardware)? - bought it a month ago but it's released in markets much before that date
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) - 2 weeks

Note that I tried removing one of my RAMs to diagnose so the dump files may contain different info based on the existing HW installed at that time

Easy related to your Kaspersky. I would remove and replace with Microsoft Security essentials

Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection | Microsoft Security Essentials

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I've disconnected default SSD (Samsung) in order to connect new emty SSD (Transcend). I was in need to clone my laptop's HDD on this new SSD as a transit SATA port, because I've got only one SATA to USB connector, used by laptop's drive. I've successfully cloned my drives, disconnected all new drives, connected default SSD (samsung) and - no OS boot. I've not changed ANY BIOS settings.
Ok. I've a look on BIOS settings, and I see NEW (almost disconnected) SSD (Transcend) as bootable device. And NO Samsung SSD in boot device. Only Transcend which is no more connecned to motherboard. In SATA I see only Samsung SSD connecned, but I don't see it in BOOT section. 
I've restored to factory and than to default settings with no effect. Than I've cleared CMOS - no effect. I see disconnected SSD device in BIOS BOOT section. What I'm doing wrong?

A:Dell Optiplex 3040 SFF

I've changed firmware of my BIOS. Downgraded it up ti 1.2.3 version, than upgraded it again. No effect. Old SSD doesn't appear. BUT in Legacy boot disconnected drive is still present. I cannot delete it. cannot change it to connected SSD drive. I guess it's somewhere in Legacy Option ROMS, and must be changed - but there are no options in this BIOS section. I'm gonna hate UEFI

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I am at work trying to rebuild a Dell Optiplex GX260, My Windows 2000 SP2 CD that came with it, appears to have insufficient drivers for it. Primarily for the NIC or Ethernet Controller.

Is an Ethernet Controller a NIC?

Any tips where I can get drivers? I cant find any on the dell site.

I also don't have access to a windows XP cd that may have drivers on it.

please give any insight

A:Dell Optiplex GX260

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Sorry if this is a really lame question, but I have almost no experience with computer hardware.
I just bought a new Dell Optiplex 780 to run a sound system in a theater, and I need to transfer the sound card from the old computer to the new (for reference, its a Delta M-Audio Audiophile 2496), but the new Dell came in a low profile case, and the card doesn't fit.
So the best option seems to be to just buy a cheap (20-30 dollar) full size case and transfer the computer wholesale over so the PCI card fits, but I've been told that the style of case matters.
Any suggestions as to a good case at a cheap price that the components will fit in properly would be greatly appreciated.


A:Dell Optiplex needs new case

Unfortunately you can't. These are proprietary Dell designs and they do not fit any standard case on the market.

So you need to use either a USB sound card, a half-height sound card, or buy a different computer.

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windows 7 enterprise. ethernet is plugged in but I have no internet.

had lots of spyware which I removed. but cant figure out why I have no internet. ran troubleshooter. says "local area connection has no valid IP configuration". not sure how to fix that.

any ideas? thanks.

A:dell optiplex 960 no internet.

try disabling and re-enabling the network card.

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Hi all
I'm having a problem in installing windows on my "dell optiplex 760 desktop".
it gives me a message that bios is not installed & it refuses to start even windows xp after copying the files to the hard desk giving me the usual blue screen.

Any ideas

A:Dell Optiplex 760 OS problem

Replace the CMOS (silver coin battery CR2032) on the motherboard...

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Hi !

We have win2k network with 1000 cleints, and i have one little or big problem. have setup an RIS server and Dell Optiplex cleints with intel boot agent or 3com boot agent cant recive any boot filname error E-53. Alla other cleints can pxeboot or funcion with a risboot floppy. Its only this Dell Optiplex who cant pxeboot.Have tried with all nicdrivers from broadcom and intel also from dell and nothing works.This risserver (dell Poweredge 2650) have 2 nics but one is disable and unistalled.Becourse then i put the risrule to another computer with one nic its works fine.

A:PXEBOOT an Dell Optiplex

Have now find out this on my own !!!!!!

The Power edge server has an PPP adapter which the ris sevice is listen to and get 192.168. ip all the time and the cleints get timeout !


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