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Max processor and ram for the Mini-tower optiplex 755 (BIOS A17)

Q: Max processor and ram for the Mini-tower optiplex 755 (BIOS A17)

I have a Intel core2 duo E8400 3.00 GHz and 4 sticks of 2 GB ram sticks = 8 GB
Please tell me what i can upgrade to max for best performance i dont know that much.

A: Max processor and ram for the Mini-tower optiplex 755 (BIOS A17)

You are maxed out at 8GB.

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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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Hi,I am looking into upgrading the gpu of this 745 that I currently don't have yet. I have my eye on an Asus NVIDIA GT 710, but was wondering if it will fit in terms of height. I read online someone expressing concerns about it needing two slots space, but that was never clarified or refute in the discussion. Would this one fit?If not, what other options do I have in a similar price range? I would prefer to go for a 2GB card, but will settle for 1GB if I have to. Thanks for your time.Regards

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I own a Optiplex 760 Mini Tower. 
I found out that I have a 0G214D Motherboard. Unfortunately I still can not find out if this means I can upgrade to a Quad core. Can you please tell me if this is the case and which CPU is the most powerful Quadcore I can use? And if not wich of the Dual cores I should use. BTW, i use an Nvidia  GTX750ti using 60W.
Thank you and all the best

A:Optiplex 760 Mini Tower Quadcore
Q9650 is max.  Bios update should be done BEFORE trying to change cpu.

 750 TI only fits in the TOWER and Only After Cutting the Bracket off and ONLY with Short cards with 1 fan aka 8.4 inches max.

There are no single slot cards.   If one was put in they hacked the bracket in half or removed bracket altogether.  If you remove the bracket on EVGA models you can use tin snips to CUT OFF half the bracket.  The cooling vents are blocked so you might also have to drill holes in the case to let air out.  Long Cards with 2 fans DO NOT FIT and WILL NOT EVER FIT into the Tower or any other size.

Only Short cards with Short fans Fit.

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i have searched the forum but have not been able to find anything that says it is ok to use a regular atx power supply in an optiplex 960 mini tower.  I have an 620 mini tower and it uses a regular atx but no info on the 960.  Anyone know if it is ok , or have to use dell only power supply

A:atx power supply with optiplex 960 mini tower

Optiplex 960 MT power supply upgrades

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I'm wanting to get myself the Q6600, and I own the Optiplex 760 Mini Tower. My motherboard is 0M858N.
I've had problems finding answers for this, some say it can, some say it cannot.
Does anyone have an idea?

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I Have Dell optiplex 745 With 3.4 Ghz Pentium D Processor with 4MB cache Memory .... Recently I wanted To Upgrade my p.c to dual core 2.6Ghz  E5300.. when i put Dual core processor into my board and truned on p.c the all lights was green and fan was running too fast and mY lcd Does Not dsplay anything .... And also My bios version is 2.6.3 .. what is the main fault in it.... kindly anyone tell me.... what should i do ???

A:Dell Optiplex 745 Mini Tower Upgrade

Hi Asfand_Munib,
Before installing a new processor, please update the BIOS to latest version from Here.
Note : Please save and close all running programs and documents and disconnect all external peripherals (printer, flash drives, external hard drives, etc) and connect the computer to a surge protector before updating the bios.
If all the lights are green and you are not receiving any beep codes from the system then it means that the processor has been installed correctly. Please check if the keyboard lights (Capslock, Numlock, etc) respond when you press the corresponding keys. Please verify the connections on rear of the system and check if they are connected firmly. Also, check if you are able to hear any windows jingle sounds after some time when you power on the system. Please share the exact model of Optiplex 745 you are using as it comes in 4 form factors viz Ultra Small Form Factor (USFF), Desktop (DT), Small Form Factor (SFF), and Mini-Tower (MT). A picture is attached below.

Please reply with the information. Will take it further from there.

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I have an Optiplex 790 Mini-Tower with an i5-2400 and integrated Intel HD 2000 video.
The case has both a VGA and Display Port connector, I am presently using the VGA port. I am investigating going for a Dual Monitor setup and am confused whether I can do so without having to purchase a discrete video card. I am reading conflicting reports that some say yes and others no. Can some kind soul please confirm one way or the other ?
I do not use the PC for gaming, it is work only with the occasional video and web browsing. Mainly I need dual monitor for multiple file editing, scripting, database programming etc.
Many thanks, Fin.

A:Optiplex 790 Mini-Tower Dual Monitor ?

Hi Fin,
OptiPlex 790's onboard video solution supports both VGA and DisplayPort at the same time. You can connect two monitors to the computer without adding a discrete card.
Please let me know if you need further information.

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I cannot get an OptiPlex 755 Mini Tower to power on. It had been running fairly continuously in an office environment on a APC battery backup/surge protector until it failed Monday morning. Then there was some orange light that was flashing or continuous. When the computer was turned off, it would not come on again. Sorry for the vagueness, but this is second-hand information. I found a fair amount of dust inside, but I've seen far worse on computers
When I push the power button I get no change: no light in the power button, no diagnostic lights, no sounds, no fan movement. When I connect it to power the "AUX LED" light on the motherboard comes on a solid yellow/amber so the PSU is putting out something.
Is this likely to be a PSU problem? Is there some way to pin it down other than buying a replacement PSU?
Thanks for any help,
Joe M

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I intend to purchase optiplex 7040 MT for gaming purpose. So I would like to know:
1. Does the motherboard have standard CPU and motherboard power connectors or proprietary ones?
2.  Is it possible to replace the stock PSU with a cooler master extreme power plus 600W? If no, then what size /kind of PSU will fit there?
3. Is it possible to fit a gtx 1080 in there?

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Hello, my Optiplex 7040 just arrived this week.  I bought a Kingston 120mb SATA ssd in a 2280 stick, so I'm trying to see if I can use this for my main boot drive (Windows 10) and then move the 500gb 3.5 Sata drive over to a storage drive.When I install the 120gb 2280 stick into the M.2 slot, and load the bios...   *It shows up under General / System Information / PCI information / Slot5_M.2 & also under Device Information / SATA-4   *When I look under System Configuration / Drives, it also shows up under SATA-4 here as well.  However, it's showing up as a 0gb Drive under 'type'!
So when I boot from a USB drive to try and reinstall Windows on this M.2 stick, it's not showing up at all.
When I connect the M2 SATA drive and load Windows on the existing 3.5 SATA drive that came with the 7040, the M2 2280 stick shows up in 'device manager' under the hard drives.  The serial # there corresponds to a Toshiba-form hdd; unfortunately, I can't do anything with it in Windows 10.
SATA operation is set to AHCI, and I am booting into legacy with the USB.Any thoughts?  I'm wondering if maybe I have a dead memory stick.  There's no real way I can test it on another computer to see what happens.

A:Optiplex 7040 Mini Tower M.2 slot upgrade....

For Windows 10 you should have a UEFI Boot with SecureBoot Enabled. The USB should be made using the GPT partition scheme for UEFI BIOS. I hope you mean 120 GB and not 120 MB....
See here for details: 

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Hi, I am doubting wether my Optiplex 755 is a Mini Tower or SFF model.

I found the following tagd:

Service Tag: 
<ADMIN NOTE: Service tag removed per privacy policy>
Express Service Code: 
<ADMIN NOTE: Express service code removed per privacy policy>

I cannot find the explanation on the website.

Does anybody know where I can find the info?

A:Finding out Model 755 Optiplex service tag Mini Tower or what?

Match the appearance of the case with the photo in the pdf below (from L to R, mini tower, desktop, SFF, and ultra SFF.

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Hi everyone, I'm new on this forum. I bought 2 years ago a dell optiplex 3010 mini tower, suddenly it stopped working, I have no screen, no video or any kind of sound, the only thing it does is to light up the number 3 & 4 lights on the front panel. What can I do ?


A:Optiplex 3010 mini tower diagnostic lights 3 & 4

Hi ,
Thank you for writing to us ! 
To understand the cause of this issue I would ask you to try these steps and advise the result ,
*Disconnect the system from wall socket ,then press and hold the power button for about 15 - 20 secs .Then connect the system to wall socket and try to turn on the system .Here we are trying to release static charge from the system .
*Then disconnect all the peripheral components from the system and try to turn on the system .
*If the above step fails then remove all the memory modules from the system and try to turn on the system with only 1 memory module at a time .
If there are any more queries do reply to this post with system service tag sent via private message .
Hoping to hear from you soon .
Kind Regards,

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There is a design problem with the OptiPlex 7040 Mini Tower case that leads to excessive noise. The plastic grid panel on the front of the case rattles loudly, especially when the system is operating under a heavy computational workload. I'm not certain if the vibration originates from a fan or from the hard drive, but it's clearly causing resonance in that plastic front grid panel. I'm certain that the front panel is what's making the noise. The noise goes away completely if I press my finger against the front panel (and resumes immediately when I remove my finger). My current workaround to the problem is to prop up the front of the case with a piece of bubble wrap. Dell's engineers should consider altering this case design to address the vibration problems.

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Hi TechSpot Forums!

I own a Dell Optiplex GX280 Mini-Tower PC, and am seriously considering buying a graphics card for it.

My question to you is, which would best be compatible with my specs?

System Specs:

Dell Inc. OptiPlex GX280
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
2552 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
500.10 GB HDD

Current Video Card:

Name: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
DAC Type: Internal
Approx. Total Memory: 128.00 MB
Current Display Mode: 1400 x 1050 (32 bit) (60GHz)

Does installing a graphics card mean you can achieve higher resolutions on your LCD monitor? That is partly the reason I will be purchasing one.

Thanks for any info or suggestions,

~ TomHax

A:Graphics card for Dell Optiplex GX280 Mini-Tower?

Does installing a graphics card mean you can achieve higher resolutions on your LCD monitor?Click to expand...

That depends on the maximum resolution supported by your monitor.

What's your main reason to purchase the card? What's your budget?

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I ordered the new Optiplex 7040 minitower and its a horrible design.  I tried to open the case and they have a plastic tab that snapped off.  the spring and slide assembly inside. You can't reach the expansion bays and the case design is horrible.  It reminds me of the old style Acer PC's that ended up being throw aways.  Sending this one back right away.  Biggest flop I've seen in a new Optiplex!

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Hi everyone:

I was curious if anyone else experienced this issue? I have a Dell OptiPlex 7010 desktop/mini tower that I bought off the official Dell site. I configured that mini tower to have an SSD drive as the main drive, which I like very much, except one very annoying issue. Sometimes out of the blue Windows 7 will hang up, I can't click anything and the mouse starts spinning in a circle. This continues on for about half a minute and then it always comes back to life. Suddenly I start getting all my previous clicks moving windows, opening things, etc, all at once. This happened at least a dozen of times by now and I started to notice that when this happens the HDD/SSD LED on the case glows solid, which made me suspect that there's something going on with the drive itself.

Does anyone know what's going on and how to fix this?

PS. I tried contacting Dell support about this issue but they are pretty useless. I spent several hours in a chat with a guy once that eventually simply hung up on me. Then I emailed someone at Dell, for which the guy replied with instructions to run their hard drive diagnostic tool, which I did, that did not show any errors. (Note that I don't have a hard drive, it's a solid state drive.) I replied to the guy only to never hear from him again.... So I think I'm pretty much done with the Dell support

A:Dell's Optiplex 7010 mini tower SSD hang-up issue


Have you tried updated the firmware on the SSD?

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i am using dell optiplex 780-Mini Tower. last week my pc didn't startup windows and stuck load on dell logo screen with flash light showing 1 - 4 and off LED light. also  didn't access/load boot menu, bios. i tried power on with all external devise unplugged but show same problem.
can you pls help me out. thanks in advance. 

A:dell optiplex 780-Mini Tower. flashing 1 and 4 with off power light

You ram is bad.  F2 Bios setup requires working ram.

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I'm considering buying a used Dell OptiPlex GX790 MT computer, and I'm wondering what the maximum video card length can be without having to remove the hard drive cage.

A:Used Dell OptiPlex GX790 Mini tower video card

The hard drive cage isn't the only problem.  The power supply is not standard.
So a short GTX750 TI non SC would be the max.

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Dell Optiplex 3010 Mini Tower
intel core i3 3220 3.30 Ghz
265 watt PSU
24 pin connector

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I have a Dell OptiPlex GX280 mini-tower (smallest one thereis), and the original 160W power supply died a few months ago without warning. I ordered a new power supply, but accidentally ordered the wrong size (210W for one of the larger towers). I used it in the meantime until I could get the proper size (although the 210W supply wouldn’t fit in the mini case – I left it out of the case and ran the wires through the power plug hole). The computer booted up just fine with this 210W power supply. I finally got around to ordering the 160W smaller correct size, but that power supply would not boot up the computer (just got an amber flashing light). Thinking it was just faulty, I sent it back and requested a replacement. The replacement did not work either. I ordered a third replacement, and the third did not work either! So now I am back to using the 210W power supply (No. HP-U2106F3) which does not fit in the computer housing. I know these Dell OptiPlex machines are notorious for having power supply and capacitor issues. But the question is, why will the computer power on using the 210W power supply? I contacted Dell and they were of no help whatsoever. The guy told me that 160W wasn’t enough to power my machine and to order a 210W power supply correctly sized for my chassis. Gee, thanks! First of all, they don’t make 210W that fit in the mini towers, and second of all, why did it used to work just fine??? Oh, and no I have not upgraded anything (i.e., video card, etc.) which... Read more

A:Dell OptiPlex GX280 mini-tower power supply problem

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I have a Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower, and it currently has the Intel Pentium E6500 processor. I would like to upgrade to something better, because my current processor does not meet the minimum requirements of some games I would like to play. I was wondering which processors I could upgrade to? I know that the new processor has to fit the socket on the motherboard, but I don't know how to find out what socket my current motherboard has, or even what motherboard it is.
I would also like to know, if I don't upgrade the processor, but instead get a new motherboard, can I get any motherboard, and plug it in, and will it come with a new processor, or will it have to fit my current processor? Does upgrading the motherboard make much difference to the CPU speeds if I don't actually upgrade the processor?
I am running Windows & SP3, DirectX 11, with 4GB RAM, and i also have an ATI Radeon 5670 HD Graphics Card, and a 300W power supply. 
Would I need to get a new power supply if I upgraded the motherboard or processor? 

A:Upgrade processor or motherboard on Dell Vostro 230 Mini Tower

I have mentioned list of processors which are also compatible with Vostro 230 mini tower.


Code Name


Clock Speed

Front Side Bus



12 MB

3.00 GHz

1333 MHz



12 MB

2.83 GHz

1333 MHz



4 MB

2.66 GHz

1333 MHz



4 MB

2.50 GHz

1333 MHz



6 MB

3.33 GHz

1333 MHz



6 MB

3.16 GHz

1333 MHz



6 MB

3.00 GHz

1333 MHz



3 MB

3.06 GHz

1066 MHz



3 MB

2.93 GHz

1066 MHz



2 MB

2.80 GHz

1066 MHz



2 MB

2.70 GHz

800 MHz



2 MB

2.60 GHz

800 MHz



512 KB

2.20 GHz

800 MHz

Vostro 230/230s has been tested with Intel G41 chipset (Motherboard) with ICH07 only. Motherboard and processor are two different components. I would suggest you to upgrade the processor. Please reply for further assistance. Thanks & Regards Manshu S #iworkfordell

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Hi, Currently I'm using a dual core 6850 and I'm thinking about buying a quad core. I have a PSU of 500 W as spare.

Can i replace the CPU to a Quad Core without changing the cooling system?

A:replace dual core CPU by quad core what about heatsink? in Mini Tower 755 Optiplex

These are the specs of the spare PSU. Aren't they better than the original Dell PSU?
That power supply is ATX and not EPS12V
Better is not the issue.  Dell power supplys are 80 percent efficient not 70 percent ATX.  The -5v rail is an issue as well as this may cause a motherboard fire or damage your system.  Its a dead giveaway that this is a power supply from 1990 to 2000.
What current is on which rails is not trivial. There is a single 12V RAIL on that unit and its max is 17A
EPS 12V units have multiple rails of 12V @ 18 amps each.  MAX Power on the 12V rails is 264w not 204w
That unit has a lot more on the 5V and 3.3V rails at the expense of the 12V rails and CPU 4 pin connector. So no that spare unit is not likely to work well if at all.

Recommended update or replacement is EVGA 750B1

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Ok so I just recently got a Dell optiplex GX 755 PC that has- 
*Intel core 2 quad processor 2.4 GHz
*8GB ram
*320GB hard drive (kinda small i know, i'm looking to upgrade that as well)
I'm posting this here to see if anyone knows mainly what graphics card i could get that would make my PC gaming friendly. It doesn't have to be the most amazing stellar quality card out there since iv had (some) people tell me that you cant upgrade these PCs much. But just some good quality advice on the subject and maybe a recommendation on what card brand to get as well as the specs for it. Also a recommendation for a video card would be greatly appreciated as well. Sorry for my ignorance on on the subject, i am new to the PC world. I ended up having to get this computer in a pinch because I am a small time graphics design artist and my laptop died, and I had orders coming in. I'm not looking for a quick fix to the problem so even if anyone has a solution that may take a bit or quite a few steps to get underway, the help is still greatly welcomed! I am hoping if its at all possible to make a good situation out of this and maybe build this PC to fit my needs. Thank you to anyone who can help!

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Ok so I just recently got a Dell optiplex GX 755 PC that has- 
*Intel core 2 quad processor 2.4 GHz
*8GB ram
*320GB hard drive (kinda small i know, i'm looking to upgrade that as well)
I'm posting this here to see if anyone knows mainly what graphics card i could get that would make my PC gaming friendly. It doesn't have to be the most amazing stellar quality card out there since iv had (some) people tell me that you cant upgrade these PCs much. But just some good quality advice on the subject and maybe a recommendation on what card brand to get as well as the specs for it. Also a recommendation for a video card would be greatly appreciated as well. Sorry for my ignorance on on the subject, i am new to the PC world. I ended up having to get this computer in a pinch because I am a small time graphics design artist and my laptop died, and I had orders coming in. I'm not looking for a quick fix to the problem so even if anyone has a solution that may take a bit or quite a few steps to get underway, the help is still greatly welcomed! I am hoping if its at all possible to make a good situation out of this and maybe build this PC to fit my needs. Thank you to anyone who can help :)

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I have the HP Compaq DC7700 Convertible Mini-Tower(CMT) with Windows 7 SP1 on C partition, and WinXP Pro 64 bit on D partition. I have bios Version Hewlett-Packard 786E1 v01.16, 8/17/2011 Is there a later version of the bios for my machine?  Here are the msinfo32 information if it helps=========================================OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home PremiumVersion 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601Other OS Description Not AvailableOS Manufacturer Microsoft CorporationSystem Name HOMESystem Manufacturer Hewlett-PackardSystem Model HP Compaq dc7700 Convertible MinitowerSystem Type x64-based PCProcessor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz, 1867 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard 786E1 v01.16, 8/17/2011SMBIOS Version 2.4Windows Directory C:\WindowsSystem Directory C:\Windows\system32Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2Locale United StatesHardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"User Name home\BillTime Zone Central Daylight TimeInstalled Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GBTotal Physical Memory 3.94 GBAvailable Physical Memory 2.77 GBTotal Virtual Memory 7.87 GBAvailable Virtual Memory 6.25 GBPage File Space 3.94 GB=========================================

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I need help updating the BIOS on my HP dc7800 CMT. I keep getting this error: The system BIOS updte file (C:\Users\f\Downloads\ROM.CAB) is missing or corrupt. The system BIOS will not be updated. I tried to update using the sp53611.exe (8.0 MB) 1.32 Rev. A(6 Dec 2011) HP Compaq Business Desktop System BIOS (786F1 BIOS) Which can be found here. The current version of my BIOS is: 786F1 v01.04 7/18/2007 I am running Windows 7 64-bit  Ultiate. I noticed on the page for the software (linked to above), it mentions most flavors of Windows 7 64 bit, but it DOESN'T mention Win 7 ULTIMATE 64-pit. Here is what I did: 1) Restarted computer in safe mode2) Logged in as administrator3) Started task manager to make sure all apps and most services were stopped3A ) as an extra precaustion, I even stopped Windows Defeneder4) Double clicked sp53611.exe and let it install software.5) This opened a web page. I clicked on the link that was under the Update Bio from a windows environment.6) The process started, but then I got the error above. Any ideas on what to do next? Is it possible that the BIOS CAN'T be updated because the software doesn't support windows 7 64-bit ULTIMATE??? Thank you in advance. I have a new graphics card coming today (Radeon HD 6570 - which was recommended by Mr. Paul Tikkanen, Thank You), and I guess that I... Read more

A:Need Help Updating Bios dc7800 Compact Mini Tower : ROM.CAB ...

Hi: There should be no need to update the BIOS if everything is working correctly. If you want to update the BIOS you should use the built in Flash System ROM menu in the BIOS. That is the safest and easiest way to flash the BIOS. All you need is a USB flash drive formatted with the FAT 32 file system. Download the latest BIOS update and run it. You should get an instruction page.  On that page, you want to select the F10 flash system rom option and you should see a view contents of DOS flash folder. Copy all of the files in that folder to your usb flash drive. Plug the flash drive in the usb port, reboot the PC and at the beginning of the HP welcome screen, tap the F10 key to access the BIOS. There will be a menu to Flash System ROM. Select that and it should see the BIOS update files on the usb flash drive.  Then follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with updating the BIOS.

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A:Optiplex GX1 Tower


You need to use Thread Tools in the ORIGINAL Post to flag you Q as solved. Creating an unrelated new Post is a compounded problem.

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I tried to add a PCIe 16x video card to this machine and plugged a monitor into the card as well as the on board VGA in an effort to setup dual monitors. When I booted after that, I was given an error message after POST that said that is in incompataible configuration. I checked with Dell and they said it was too. I've done this exact thing with a PCI card on an older Dell machine and it worked instantly. Are there any work arounds or BIOS settings that I can change? The add-on card is a Dell ATI Radeon X600.

Thanks in advance.

A:Dual Monitors Optiplex 760 Tower

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Hello experts,
I am really frustrated with my dell optiplex 745. I have been endeavoring to get on when I replaced the power supply but with no success. I have also changed the motherboard and again nothing to be happening. The dell powers up just fine and then the cooling fan goes noisy. There is a green light in the front panel show showing the numbers; 1, 3,  and 4.  I would be grateful if you can help me with this issue.

A:Dell optiplex 745 tower won't boot

Beep code

1-3-1 through 2-4-4
Memory not being properly identified or used
Power button Solid Amber is Bad CPU/Motherboard.
Power button blinking Amber is Bad Power supply.

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We currently have Dell Optiplex 7010 tower in our office. It's using a single Acer G6 G276HL monitor via DVI-I port on the video card. We were thinking to buy a second monitor and I want to know if it's going to work?
The video card inside this Dell is AMD Radeon HD 7470:
I was thinking to get the same screen: issue is connecting it to the display port on the Radeon card. So I was thinking to get this adapter:

A:Trying to set up second screen for Dell Optiplex 7010 tower

I presume you're using a DVI-D cable since the current monitor doesn't support DVI-I which the video card supports.
Why not get a second monitor that supports DisplayPort and go directly from DP on the video card to DP on the second monitor without complicating things with that DP>DVI-D adapter?

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Nvidia P356 Quadro FX4600 graphics card - 768MB GDDR3 PCI-Express x16 dual DVI out thank you all

A:Wondering if this will work in my Dell Optiplex GX 280 tower-style PC

As long as you have a PCI express socket on the motherboard, that card will work. You may need a power cable adapter to be able to connect the card to the power supply

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There are usually 3 HDD in this case, but in this image, when I installed the GTX 260, I had to remove one. Don't use it anymore though, it was Vista. It's now in an external HDD case for backing up two other PCs in the home...

A:Mini-Tower Close-up

That wire mass can't be good for air flow. You might want to clean it up a little.

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Had a KDM-MTFX9320 320W TFX. Ordered a KDM 320W FLEX MFX 9320C. Will this work?

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Got a store-bought Gateway SX-2800 model which is a mini-tower. Upgrading the video card, and as a result I am also upgrading the power supply.

Being a mini-tower, will it definitely need a specialized power supply, or will a standard PSU work?

If it needs a specialized PSU where do you suggest getting them and how - would I take the dimensions of my PSU and then talk to a manufacturer? Or would buying a new case along with a standard PSU be cheaper?

A:Mini-tower Power

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I purchased a GeForce GTX550 IT graphics card a while back only to realize it wouldn't fit into my computer's case (it's a mini ). I was wundering if perhaps theres a way to hook this up externally? I believe it would need a seperate power supply, if it doesn't could you possibly give me the link to a moderatelly priced one that fits my case.
System specs:
Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
AMD Athlon II X2 220 dual core processor
Nvidia GeForce 6150SE
DVD-Super Multi Drive
4GB DDR3 mem.

A:GTX550 TI in mini tower help!

No. Video cards connect directly to the motherboard. There aren't any external options, much less a way of using an internal card externally.

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Hi, I'm using an 755 SFF now and the system is operating wll. However the adding of a better grafic card is problematic cause of the limited space.

Now I'm thinking of finden a (evt. defect Mini Tower model) and put the motherboard, HDrive of the 755 SFF into the larger Mini Tower case and buy a better grafics card.

Are the components compatible?

A:Motherboard etc. 755 SFF compatible with the Mini Tower?

Yes everything would work well however from what I know your motherboard is smaller it will go in to the chassis though none of the expansion slots will align with the chassis slots as your motherboard as smaller than the chassis. I suggest you pick up a 755 MT motherboard for full compatibility and by the way these are like $50 or maybe less and you could just put all your current hardware on it (cpu, ram ,hard drive cable, etc) with no capability issues.

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I have an OptiPlex 990 Tower and want to install a Flex Bay Card Reader.  I have the following P/Ns:
0g7v21 Card Reader
0N95F Bracket
01YMGT Cable Assy
DS-8A8SH  DVD Writer
SATA cable
I need the cable assy number for the card reader to motherboard.  Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Bob

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Purhased an AXC-704G-UW61 mini tower Desktop on Wednesday Sept 14, 2016, whereas the SNID/Serial Number sticker was to be was not there and Information found on dicscarded box needed to register, Acer has refused to send a replacement sticker so I now have to keep box. Any options to avoid boycotting ACER?

A:AXC-704G-UW61 mini tower Desktop

SNID is available on BIOS too, press Del at boot and check on mainscreen.

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I might be building a new computer soon, I am wondering if these parts will go well together:

Motherboard: BIOSTAR H61ML LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
tower:LIAN LI PC-A05NB Black Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Video card: EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1452-RX GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Memory: CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
monitor: Hanns-G HW-173ABB Black 17" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 600:1 @ 1440x900
Power Supply: Hanns-G HW-173ABB Black 17" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 600:1
Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52300

If any part in here is not compatible please tell me and point me in the direction of a compatible part if you can. I do need the tower everything else can be changed.

Thank you very much and have a nice day!

A:Building a computer witth a mini-ATX tower

Typo: you listed the monitor twice, once under PSU, Otherwise those parts look fine however even though it is a minitower due to the front mounted power supply that case will support a full ATX motherboard. I would personally recommend a Full ATX motherboard since they offer much more expansion. This is a good option and only costs slightly more, Although If you go with something like this you will get SATA 6gbps, USB 3.0, more memory slots, and a faster chipset.

Also Biostar motherboards are ok but far from the best try to look for boards from Gigabyte, ASUS, or MSI.

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Currently, I'm using a Gateway PC (Mini tower) with the built in Intel GMA 4500 HD Graphics. I'm looking to find a decent Mini tower PCI Express Graphics card that can run games like Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 at a low-decent resolution at a high FPS - preferrably 80-90 or more if possible. My price range is basically anything under / around $70.

I found a Radeon HD 5450 1 GB supposedly low profile graphics card on Amazon, any opinions on that quality of that?

I'd just like some suggestions, please. Thanks.

A:Solved: Mini tower graphics Support

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Vostro 200 Mini Tower tries to start, shuts down, then repeats until the power button is pressed to stop the cycle.
The power button is steady amber
The blue drive activity light turns on
MOBO light is on
All fans (CPU, GPU, PSU, Case) are working
Video card removed and reseated
Memory modules removed and reseated
PSU connector to MOBO reseated
CMOS battery replaced
All connectors feel solidly connected, yet there seems to be no power to the monitor or the keyboard.
I've disconnected power, drained residual power and reconnected the power.  The cycling continues.
I would appreciate some other suggestions on what I can try (like - why the monitor and keyboard are not receiving power from the computer).

Thank you.

A:Vostro 200 Mini Tower tries to start, shuts down, then repeats

Vostro 200 Mini Tower tries to start, shuts down, then repeats until the power button is pressed to stop the cycle.
The power button is steady amber
The blue drive activity light turns on
MOBO light is on
All fans (CPU, GPU, PSU, Case) are working
Video card removed and reseated
Memory modules removed and reseated
PSU connector to MOBO reseated
CMOS battery replaced
All connectors feel solidly connected, yet there seems to be no power to the monitor or the keyboard.
I've disconnected power, drained residual power and reconnected the power.  The cycling continues.
I would appreciate some other suggestions on what I can try (like - why the monitor and keyboard are not receiving power from the computer).

Thank you.
Are there any 'Beeps', see page 80?

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i searched in a lot of forums to see if a gtx 750 ti is compatible with the dell 660 mini tower and i cant find a reliable source and i need help to see if its worth it to get it if it is compatible.


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Brand: Gateway
Type: Desktop
Model: LP MINI TOWER TB3 Essential 500

Problem: Won't turn on
Manufacture Date: 12/02/99

A:Gateway LP MINI TOWER TB3 Essential 500 Desktop won't turn on.

This computer is 16 years old and came with Windows 98. It isn't worth spending time worrying about it; it is just too old and slow.
Processor: Intel Pentium III, 497 MHz
It probably has at most 256MB of RAM.

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Hi out there to Vistax64. I am a recent XP to Vista user. I have a Vostro 200 mini tower (specs below) that has been running XP pro for the last few years - couldn't stand the GUI anymore lol - so I installed Vista HP and am very happy with the new interface and features. After tweaking some, the desktop appears from cold start in 30 seconds or so and almost everthing runs as snappy as it did before with XP. But the task manager is showing an average use in physical memory of 1.17 gigs, CPU usage is higher, and some, not all, internet pages scroll slowly e.g. Yahoo news pages, Hearts of Space etc. where as they were fine before. Everthing else on the internet, including this site, works well - though a few installs like Starry Night Enthusiast and a John Deere farm game are slower.

My question is this: Would installing a seperate video card give me better all-around performance or would another gig of ram do the trick? And what brand/type of video card do you folks recommend?

Intel Core2 Duo E4500 @ 2.3ghz
2 Gig of Kingston RAM
Intell G33 Express Chipset (on motherboard)
80 Gig WD SATA Hard Drive
Seasonic 350w PSU

Thanks for the opportunity to have my questions answered and I'm looking forward to cruising the site here!

A:Video Card For Dell Vostro 200 Mini Tower

Windows will allot 50% of your ram by default, for when you need them programs. Remember, rams fastr than hard drive, and why have all that ram and not use it.

For your power supply, a nvidia 430/440 or an ati/amd 6450, maybe get away with a 6550... Seasonics are quality.

The slowdown is probably because Vista is a bit more of a beast than xp, and graphics can be a bit more hefty.

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i have a Dell Vostro Mini Tower with the following specs:Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3470 CPU @ 3.20GHz
4GB RAMIntel(R) HD GraphicsI have ran a System Requirements check and it says I have 2048MB of Video RAM.  i would like to upgrade this to 4GB if possible.  would anyone be able to recommend a card that is compatible with my computer?I understand the wattage of my power supply matters also, would anyone know what this is?Thanks in advance

A:Upgrading Video Card on Dell Vostro 270 Mini Tower

The 2GB you are referring to is how much system ram is being given to the onboard Intel GPU video to use. You cannot increase that to 4GB. But you can add a discrete PCIe x16 video card. The Vostro 470 has a 300w power supply. So that will limit you as to which video card you can use. The two video cards that we shipped on this model were =
YG17P Nvidia GeForce 640GT 1GB67V2J Nvidia GeForce 620GT 1GB
Or you could remove our power supply and install a higher wattage power supply and then get a better video card.

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Ok people, I'm starting something new. I have seen some people try to start something like this, but it didnt work. Perhaps because everyone had the same opinions....
Here's the deal, you have $300.00, no more than that. You must use this money the bast way possible (in ur opinion) to buy the following items:

I will be posting my setup as soon as it is done!
Good luck, and have fun!

A:$300 - Mobo - Processor - RAM - Tower

Well first I'd definitely go AMD for the processor. I don't know where you're from but on the West coast we have a place named Fry Electronics that has great sales on Processor's and MOBO combos. I picked up a XP2200+ and ECS mobo with the SIS chipset (see my signature) for $79.99.

To meet your $300 limit you'll need to go generic RAM but you should easily get 512 pc2100 DDR in 2 - 256 sticks for about $69.00 ea with rebate now. EDIT: Come to think of it I thought I saw it even cheaper lately in ads. $70.00 could get you 512MB's.

The case is wide open but for about $60.00 you should be able to get a very good case with a 400 Watt PS. Yes, some will tell you that power supplys that come with a case are junk and a few years ago that was definitely true but I'd say now you shouldn't have a problem.

You're name implies you being a gamer so you have to know you're not going to build a super computer for $300 but you can do a good job of building one for a pretty good price that will serve as an everyday workhorse.

Good luck.

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Hi Everyone,
We just started a new contract with Dell for corporate Optiplex 7040 mini-towers and I have 2 that arrived DOA. Techs replaced motherboard and we've tried every other conceivable plug in, don't plug in, to see if they will fire up. The irony is the second one just came in as the replacement for the first one which was RMA.
Are there any known issues with these models and defective internal parts out of the factory? I'm hesitant to order more at this point and I've made our distributor CDW aware of the issue.

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Hello everyone.

Can someone post a good GFX card for no mor ethne $100 for a miini tower PC such an emachine El series etc. So a low profile GFX card. My friend does some basic gaming WoW, Moonlight etc.

i know a regular card is too big. What is one of the best 100 dolalr or below gfx cards that are low profile and can fit into mini tower PCs? The slot can be the regular PCI 2.0

Thanks guys

A:Solved: Best budget Graphics card for mini tower form factor?

The biggest problem with OEM PC's is that the power supplies aren't typically up to the task of an addon card. So it's generally recommended to replace the power supply as well. With this being a mini-tower, I wouldn't be surprised if it does not use a standard sized power supply, so that is likely not an option.

If you want to simply try a new card anyway, your options will be limited by the card size. There isn't much of a selection of low profile cards. Find the latest generation chipset which fits your budget.

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I have a Vostro 460 MT from Dell.
The Specs:
320GB HD
Stock PSU - 350W

I had a NVIDIA GT 210 card in previously which I sold and bought an R7 240 to upgrade with. When plugging in the R7 240 and booting up. I get NO VIDEO SIGNAL. NO BIOS SPLASH SCREEN etc.
NOW if I take the card out and use the onboard VGA it works fine. The NVIDIA GT 210 worked fine too.

Why does this card not work? Is there a solution to my problem?

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So I bought a mini tower. It did not come with a card reader. I was looking at some at a few places, then I get the credit from dell rewards and tried to find the card reader on Many Vostro 3900 come with one, so I know dell makes them. But I tried and tried but can not find them. Does anyone know what to search for? Thank you!

A:Vostro 3900 Mini Tower Multimedia card reader on

Hello Mathcat
Thanks for writing to us. 
If you are looking for an internal card reader, then we would request you to talk to part sales team on 1-866-440-3355 . 
Have a good one. 

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I'm looking to squeeze a couple more years out of the 755 I use at my office, and I have some upgrade questions. It is a mini tower configuration with a Q6600 processor. Is there a chart that shows what processors can be used with the 0GM819 mobo? Will motherboards from any other series fit the 755 chassis?

A:Optiplex 755 Processor Upgrade


No other motherboards do not fit nor do they work with the ribbon cable to the front panel.
After updating to the latest bios I would say up to 45nm Q9650 for the Mini Tower.
You would have to make sure that you get PC6400 DDR2 Ram if you do that.
UPDATE THE BIOS BEFORE trying to install a newer processor.
10/26/2011 2:11 AM 2239507 O755-A20.exeThe Dell spec for the desktop version lists the Q6600, Q9450, and Q9550 CPUs.
The Q9650 worked in my minitower bios A20.

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I just installed a recycled Athlon 64 X2 6000+ processor into my 740.  It's the 89W version, not the 125W.  The processor I'm replacing is a 65W 3800+.  The BIOS recognizes and identifies the new processor correctly.  The system boots (faster) and runs stably for the first few minutes but then the temperature starts to spike.  Up until that time the temperature is constant and moderately hotter than the 3800+ (seems reasonable, 89W vs. 65W).  I've swapped between the two processors several times, recleaning and reapplying thermal compound each time, without changing the outcome (other than a slight reduction in the old processors temperature).  
I have the latest BIOS.  The fans are all turning and moving air.  The automatic fan speed control is behaving correctly.
At this point I have three questions:
1) Does the fact that the BIOS recognizes the 6000+ and the system boots cleanly mean that the 6000+ is actually compatible with my motherboard?
2) Do processors fail in this way, run fine but then go into some sort of thermal runaway?
3) Can the same heatsink that's been untouched for 4+ years and full of dust work for a 65W processor and then fail with an 89W processor after a thorough cleaning?


A:Optiplex 740 Processor Upgrade

Bios should be upgraded BEFORE changing CPU.  Otherwise you can have a system that wont even boot.

Optiplex 740 System BIOS 2.2.7Optiplex 740 System BIOS
Processors are not mechanical or chemical engines.  They do not go into thermal runaway.  They DO Burn up and die with improper heatsink mouniting and or lack of thermal compound.
Higher performance Heatsinks are not like the aluminum versions.  They have copper heat pipes.

These are usually for 130W processors vs 65W or 95W processors.  The POWER SUPPLY must be larger for some which is why QUADS DO NOT GO INTO USFF versions and or may require a TOWER 305W or greater power supply.

Changing the CPU is not validated or supported by Dell.  Which ones work or are Validated with the latest bios can be found by asking Chiris M what the Dell part numbers are.  Same with the heatsinks.  There are REQUIRED copper performance heatsink upgrades so it is NOT possible that the cheap aluminum heatsink is used with 85W+ and up cpus.
 Spec lists these

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Hey Guys,

I have a Dell Optiplex 745 with an E6400 @2.13ghz. I was wandering if it would be possible to install an E8400 @3.0ghz? Would my mother board be able to take this?

Thanks in advance.

A:Optiplex 745 Processor upgrade

I strongly suspect it can.

Both are socket 775 processors and will fit the motherboard.

I'd guess you could go as strong as a quad 6600, but there is always a chance you'd need a BIOS update.

Google tells me that there is a BIOS as late as 2.6.4 from March 2010.

Really, I wouldn't expect a significant difference going from E6400 to E8400, but I don't know what you're paying for it nor what you expect.

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What is an "add-in" graphics card (definition) on an Optiplex 990 tower? What does that mean?

I can't find a definition on the internet.


A:What is an "add-in" graphics card (definition) on an Optiplex 990 tower?

A card going into a PCI-E SLOT AKA PEG.

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Hello,My name is miss Rosine, i saw your profile in and it drew my attention to write to you. I would like you to communicate me through my e-mail address([email protected])Rosine

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I have an old Optiplex GX280 SDT laying around and I was wondering what CPU I could upgrade it to. The service tag is DST4R61. I have read that some people are using Pentium 6xx CPUs but I want to make sure before I get one. Can this system support something like a Pentium 4 670? If not what is the fastest 64bit CPU I can use

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I would like to get my 790 running as fast as possible.  I have already added 16 gig Ram and a SSD drive.
However, I would like to also upgrade the processor, it currently has an i3?
What Processor options can I select from? I know it is Socket 1155 LGA,  but could I put in a :  
Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHzTurbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000BX80623i72700K  

A:Optiplex 790 - Processor upgrade options

Optiplex 790 has a Intel Q65 Express Chipset and supports Sandy Bridge (2nd Generation i3, 2nd Generation i5 and 2nd Generation i7). The system was tested and shipped with 2 kinds of i7 processors. 1. Intel Core i7 2600 / 3.40GHz.2. Intel Core i7 2600S / 2.80GHz.According to the system specification, I would like to say that the system should be compatible with Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHzTurbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000.Please write back if you have any further queries.  

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I currently have a optiplex 3020 SFF which has an intel i3-4160T processor in it. I would like to upgrade the processor to and i5 or i7, but cannot find any chart which shows what other processors work in this machine and on the DIH81R motherboard. I would assume that I could at least upgrade to the i5-4590T as Dell advertises that as an option in other 3020's. But interested if there are other options.

A:Optiplex 3020 SFF Processor upgrade?

Hi Canyon226

Thanks for writing to us.
The system supports 
as tested  by Dell. 

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Hi, I would like to know if the Optiplex 3030 accepts I7 line processors, it has LGA 1150 socket and H 81 chipset compatible with the I7, the I7 4770S has the same TDP 65W as the I5 4590S, waiting.

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what is the fastest intel core 2 processor i can buy for my dell optiplex gx620?it has a pentium 4 2.8ghz LGA 775 socket
I heard about the fsb bieng capped at 800mhz and wondered also if i could buy a dell optiplex board that supports intel core 2 or if their is any way to flash the BIOS to allow this

A:best processor upgrade for Dell Optiplex GX620

The GX620 doesn't support any Core processors. The chipset theoretically could do some of the low end ones, but the bios has to recognize the processor and then more or less let the motherboard adjust the voltage provided to the processor.
The best you can get is a Pentium D I believe. The first Optiplex with Core support was the 745 if memory serves.

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Hello, can I downgrade my Intel Core i7 4790 to Intel Pentium g3260 in my Optiplex 9020?

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I've had an intermittent problem with a Dell Optiplex GX280 P4 3.2GHZ.

Was able to install both WinXP and Ubuntu 8.10, however after updates Ubuntu crashed and would not reload. WinXP intermittently got the blue screen of death.
Ubuntu would not reinstall.
Ran Memtest, and the RAM appears to be ok.
Replaced the Hard Drive, same problems, Ubuntu still refused to install.
The computer shop said it was probably the mobo or the processor (duh)
I won an Acer Veriton 2800 in a scholarship and surprise, surprise, it has a compatible P4 3.2GHZ processor, so I might switch the processors and see what happens, if it's still buggered, I'll assume the mobo is at fault. -I don't get the Acer till next week.
If that is the case, I'll probably buy a new motherboard and rebuild the comp into an ATX case I have lying around.
Will update the processor at a later stage

Any ideas on diagnosis? Anything I might have missed, or not thought to check? Cheers

A:Diagnosing a problem; mobo or processor on a Dell Optiplex GX280


If Windows XP is throwing off a BSoD then what error is it reporting? I haven't done this in awhile but I recall you need to go into the setting and make it so that upon BSoD the PC doesn't restart until you say to so you can see the error. Also, check the dump files. You'll need to Google the rest of that.

Good Luck,


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Hi All,

My Mini pc is only fix v Mobile processor.
*Socket 479
*Support Intel Core 2 duo (Merom)
Intel Core Duo/Core solo (Yonah)
Intel Celeron M CPU
*FSB 667/533MHz

Merom Core 2 Duo T7600
Core 2 Duo T7400
Core 2 Duo T7200
Core 2 Duo T5600

Core Duo T2700
Core Duo T2600
Core Duo T2500
Core Duo T2400
Core Duo T2300
Core Duo T2300E
Core Duo T1400

Celeron M
Celeron M45o
Celeron M440
Celeron M430

Pls help for the above mention.
Hv anybody hv those processor for 2nd hand or cheaper as well?
Or you all hv any supplier can assists for this...Pls let me know lo....

A:Socket 479...Mini PC processor

Nobody can help ma?
Coz i urgently need those processor to running my mini pc.....


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hello I would like too upgrade my Processor too an i7 Quad for my dell OptiPlex 9020 ultra small form factor.
i7 4790K does not work.

A:Dell OptiPlex 9020 ultra small form factor Processor upgrade

Good day!
Thank you for writing to the Dell Community Forum.I am Jennifer and I work for the Dell Social Media Team .
With Optiplex 9020 if you are planning to upgrade it to I7 proc then you can pick Intel® Core™ i7 4785T /2.2GHz, 8M, VT-x, VT-d, AES-NI,TXT (vPro™), 35 W .This processor is tested to be working fine with this machine.
I hope this helps. Please feel free to write to us in case of any further queries. 
Have a good day!

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I am on Bios A09 on my Precision Tower 7910.  I see A12 is released.  Anyone update?
A month ago, A10 was available for a day and they pulled it. I did download it, but did not install it. They never posted A11, but now have A12 listed as recommended. A11 is listed as previous versions, but A10 is not. So I assume A12 has the fixes in A10, A11, and A12. Just wondering if I should go from A09 to A12.
My System has Dual Intel Xeon Processor E5-2630 v3 (8C HT, 20MB Cache, 2.4 GHz Turbo).
A11 notes Fixes & Enhancements

Enhanced the Memory Mapped IO to automatically map the correct amount of Memory for PCI devices depending on the user configuration, thus the previous setup option for Small and Large has been removed.
Removed the Fastboot setup option.
A12 notes Fixes & Enhancements:

Adds support for Broadwell (v4) CPUs

A:Precision Tower 7910 Bios Update

I only install a systems bios update to address a specific issue I may be facing. Are you currently having issues with this desktop?

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Is it possible to upgrade a HP Mini 210-2100 CTO PC netbook processor to the dual core processor (Intel Atom N550 dual-core, 1.5-GHz) that was an option when I first bought the netbook. The single core Atom N450 that I bought the netbook with is marginal at best. I am running WIndow 7 Home Premium, and have the max 2GByte memoy. If it can be upgraded, does anyone know where it can be done? The HP Web Site has no information on upgrading the processor.

A:Upgrading HP Mini 210-2100 CTO PC processor to dual core Ato...

Hi: Below is the link to the service manual for your notebook. Supported processors can be found in chapter 1, page 1. Removal and replacement procedures can be found in chapter 4. You would have to contact HP and ask how much they would charge to upgrade the processor. If they even agreed to do it, I bet it would cost more than if you bought a new Mini 210-2100 with the dual core processor in it already. Get a used but tested and working processor on eBay and either do it yourself (if you feel up to the challenge), or take it to a reputable PC repair place and have them do it. You can give them the link to the service manual, if they don't already have the info on the notebook. Paul

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There is someone with with an HP/Compaq Mini 110 Netbook (10.1" screen, XP OS) for sale that claims it has an Intel Dual Core 2 Duo processor installed. I've never heard of such an animal, nor do I think it's probably possible to install that processor into that computer, but the seller reasserted that it does have the advertised dual core processor when I emailed and questioned the ad. The ad did provide the computer's serial # so I also called HP. They claimed the original processor was an Intel Atom N270, 1.60Ghz. I am now awaiting the seller's return from a trip to answer my latest facts from the manufacturer and supposedly an explanation of how the dual core processor got there. I will also asked for a digital snapshot of the control panel's "System" page, which would have the installed computer's processor posted.

Could someone comment on whether they think it's even possible to install an Intel Dual Core 2 Duo into this netbook.

Thanks for looking.

A:Solved: Is dual core processor possible for HP mini 110 Netbook?

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Last night i was updating the bios on this 3620 and it froze at 100%, after 30 minutes or so i forced to reboot.
Now always as an Amber light blinking when i connect the power cable and only the fan starts to spin for a few seconds and turn off in a loop.
I already try CMOS reset - nothing
Jumper in service mode - nothing
Is there any way to flash a bios from an USB drive. I've been reading a lot of foruns and all talk of some switch /writeromfile but doesn't work on this dell bios setup.
Does any one have an idea for me to try?

Thank you very much

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Gateway Tower Model 500S
XP Home

This computer takes a long time to boot. I see the Gateway Logo (BIOS Screen) for about 3 minutes, and then it boots to Windows just fine. Don't know why it sits for so long, or what setting, if any, in the BIOS would allow it to boot faster. It is pretty annoying. Any ideas? Thanks!

A:Gateway Tower Sits On Bios Logo Too Long.

Do you have the virus boot scan enabled?
It's having a problem verifying something. Try removing all unnecessary hardware and see if that does anything
I know some BIOS have a quick boot feature. I doubt if Gateway does

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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 recently purchased a used Dell Optiplex GX1, and formatted the drive, re-loading Win98 successfully. After 20 minutes, the monitor goes blank, although moving the mouse brings the drive back to life the screen stays blank. I entered the BIOS setup, but found that it's asking for a setup password, and I can't effect any power management settings. Any practical help would be greatly appreciated...

A:Dell Optiplex BIOS

There might be a clear CMOS jumper on the board, if not or you can't find/identify it, you can pull the battery out for a few minutes. This should reset your password to the default which is nothing.

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It seems that every Dell Optiplex 780, mini-tower version, motherboard 0C27VV that I have seen which has been updated to BIOS version A15 displays the front panel error code 2 and 4 on reboot.  They do, however, boot ok on power up.  Why is this not posted anywhere?  What is the solution?  How can the BIOS be reverted to say, A12.  Otherwise this is a great computer, just be careful not to update the BIOS to A15.

Dale Gibble

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A:Optiplex 780 Bios A15 Error 2 and 4

2,4 is a video card error. Does the PC go to sleep or hibernate before you reboot and get that error?
In that case you may want to play around with sleep and power options settings in Windows (what version?) and with power settings in BIOS setup.

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Hello, I got this Dell OptiPlex GX280 small form factor PC.
My bios is A05, the latest is A08 if I search using google on dell site.
However my PC code [Admin note, service tag removed] TD and Dell site give no such product.

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So I get this computer from my friend and it has 2 hard drives in it and 2 cd roms but it will turn on and go thru the dell screen. It even shows its going to the bios screen but when the screen changes after it loads, it just stalls on the next screen with an underscore flashing. I can't figure out what to do to get this thing to go to BIOS. Also when I installed both hard drives in another computer, they were showing as unformatted. I'm thinking this computer is shot. Anyone have any suggestions?

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I cant seem to update the bios beyond A09. I do not get any errors but it does not change after update. It has some other issues too such as only seeing 2 SATA devices unless I use command and configure to reactivate the other ports. I run the update from a cmd prompt and create a log file which gives no errors but does have no system manifest found under the info for the current bios version. At the end of the log file it says exit code 2 need to reboot to continue. Now for some extra info. The harddrive has been changed and there is only a single partition. Im not sure if that has something to do with it for example if its looking for some Dell files that it cant find ? I have also doe this from freedos booting from a USB and it does the same thing. It acts like it works but then reboots, messes up my SATA settings where I dont have a CD drive again, have to run the CC files in windows to fix that and reboot again to have CD. 
I guess my question is are there any others ways to update or flash the bios ?

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How to Update Dell (Optiplex GX110) Bios ?

It has Intel Chip MOBO...

A:Dell Optiplex GX110 Bios........

Go to Dell's website and download it.

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Hope someone can help me please ?
I have 2 Optiplex 990 USFF computers.  Both started the same problem at exactly the same time after upgrading to Windows 10.
Plug the power in and instantly Full orange power light and flashing 2 3 and 4 lights.
According to everything i can find this is a corrupt BIOS.
I have done the suggested... Remove cover and place the CMOS Password Jumper onto the RTCRST jumpers and then plug the computer into the  mains,  wait 10 seconds and then pull plug, return jumper to correct position and then plug in again.  But the problem remains.
I tried unplugging the computer, then pressing the power button to disipate residual current, then left turned off for 1 week.  But the problem remains.
I tried unplugging,  disipating current,  removing the coin battery and leaving unplugged and disassembled for 1 week.  But the problem remains.
Does anyone know how to solve this issue of corrupt bios,  or do I essentially have 2 new boat anchors ?
Really annoying that this happened to both units,  straight after Windows 10 upgrade and only 3 months out of warranty.
Thanks in advance.

A:Optiplex 990 USFF - Corrupt Bios

Quote:  "Dell is not testing or developing Windows 10 drivers for this product. If you choose to upgrade, some features, applications, and connected devices may not work as expected."
2,3,4, with orange power button doesn't appear to be a documented error code2,3 with orange power button is BIOS issue2,3,4, with blue power button is USB issue
Try stripping it down to down to bare essentials. Disconnect all drives except boot drive, remove all PCI-e cards, except video -if you have add-in video card, remove all RAM modules except the one in slot 1. Then remove motherboard battery and press/hold power button for ~30 sec. Reinstall the battery and see if it will boot with only mouse, monitor and keyboard connected.
If that doesn't help, swap one of the other RAM modules into slot 1...

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I am an OptiPlex GX520 that currently has BIOS version A03 on it and I am try to update to the current version.  I understand that I need to do it one version at a time, but I  am getting a "Windows compatibility" error.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

A:Trying to flash the BIOS on a Optiplex GX520

Hi whrIT,
Thank you for writing to the Dell Community Forum.
You will have to update the previous BIOS updates before you install the latest one. Please find the below links for the previous versions to the latest one.
Let us know if you still get any errors once you try using the above links, request you to add the screenshot of the message.
Please reply if you have any further questions.

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I've got a system with BIOS A14, and would like to update it to A19 but...
When I run the update, it runs fine, the system reboots, performs the POST (but no updating of the BIOS), and then boots back into Windows with BIOS A14 still present.  No errors or messages anywhere.  I've disableed AV, and bitlocker is not used. 
OS: Windows 10 Pro 32-bit.
Any suggestions?

A:Can't update BIOS on Optiplex 9010 AIO

Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
Please right click on the file and select "run as administrator" and try installing the update.
Please private message us the service tag of the system along with your email id.
(Note: please don't mention the service tag or email id on the public forum as it contains your personal information).
Regards,DELL-Akshatha MSocial Media and Community Professional#IWork4Dell

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I installed a new hard drive.  I was able to a fresh install of Windows 7.  After installation, I restarted the computer and the bios came up, I'll see the F2 and F12 option, And it will say "press any button to bood from CD or DVD, but after that it will just reboot to the beginning, over and over. 
I can boot to the install/ repair screen with the Win 7 disk and select "repair Windows" but if finds nothing wrong.  Bios reboot continues on restart.
I've used F2 to put settings back to default, and F12 to run diagnostics (and boot from Hard Drive).
I tried F8.  There is no "Safe Start" option.   I'm not sure if this is the "F8" page everyone is talking about. The options that come up are:
Windows 7/Vista/Server (pointer)
Windows 7/Vista/Server
Windows 7/Vista/Server (debug - Default Mode)
Windows 7/Vista/Server (debug - Legacy Mode)
Windows 7/Vista/Server (No SLIC - Pointer)
Windows 7/Vista/Server (No SLIC)
Windows NT/Vista/XP
Loader Help
I've tried them all and.... Windows 7/Vista/Server (No SLIC - Pointer)... Will boot to windows (From the Hard Drive!) and it seems to run normally.  I've tried to restore while running Windows but since its a new installation, there are no restore points.
I've Unplugged the computer, held in the power button, pulled the batter for 30 minutes and restarted the computer to no avail. 
I have nothing else plugged in to the computer exce... Read more

A:Dell Optiplex 745 Bios keeps rebooting over and over.

You are using WAREZ pirated windows.  This is not supported anywhere. SLIC is License.

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We use a master image at work to set up all our Dell computers. Worked on my first Optiplex 7020 today and after cloning the drive and running the initial Windows set up, both the USB keyboard and mouse ceased to work on the first boot into Windows. I could boot into safe mode and they worked fine, but rebooting into normal mode wouldn't change. I tried all the USB ports available, also tried a PS/2 mouse and keyboard.
I eventually downgraded the BIOS from A07 to A06, no difference. Then I downgraded from A06 to A05; voilà, keyboard and mouse are now working fine.
It could be a driver issue in our master image and something specific in the BIOS. Just posting this in case anyone else runs into a similar issue; downgrade the BIOS.

A:Optiplex 7020 BIOS A07/A06 causing USB issues

I am seeing the same issue on our PCs. I downloaded and installed the A08 bios version available Feb 2016... still seeing the USB issue.

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Hey everyone,
I recently purchased two second hand Dell OptiPlex 9010 SFF PCs for my grandparents with the intention of upgrading the memory in them from 4GB to 8GB and swapping out the 250GB HDD with an Intel 535 Series 250GB SSD so they both had a fairly fast/cheap PC.
When they arrived I booted them both up and they worked fine so I added the extra memory and they still plotted along fine but when I swapped out the HDDs from SSDs. Neither of the computers recognised them in the BIOS for some reason which I think was really strange. Though if I plug the HDD back in it works fine. Has anyone came across a problem like this? Here is a list of the things I have tried so far.

·       Updating the BIOS to the latest version (A22)
·       Reset CMOS (removing battery and RTC reset jumper switch)
·       Using a different SATA Port
·       Using a different SATA Cable
·       Using a different SATA Power connector
·        Verified the SSDs in another working PC.

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During boot the way my USB keyboard works is pretty limited - only first key press works, then nothing until reconnecting keyboard. It means that to go to BIOS I must press F12, disconnect keyboard, connect it again, press down, reconnect keyboard, press down, reconnect keyboard etc. 
When I'm in BIOS it's the same. USB mouse in BIOS doesn't work at all, I can only see cursor. In both Windows and Linux, all usb devices work properly. I'm booting in legacy mode.
I disconnected all devices but keyboard, tried to connect it to all of 10 ports, issue persists. 
I couldn't find matching issue while search google and this forum. Anyone know that issue?

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Just got a hold of a Optiplex 755, running great no problems. Needed to reset something since S-Video on my gfx card (ATI HD24000) wasn't running right.

Went in the BIOS menu and changed Video Output setting from AUTO to ONBOARD/PCI and now I can't get a signal. I've tried using the PCI card with S-Video. I've tried using VGA on the on-board. I've tried switching the graphics card to another w/ DVI and HDMI.
I've tried pulling the CMOS battery and resetting the jumper pins.
No sound coming from the PC, no diagnostic lights. 

I'm at my wits end on this one.

A:Optiplex 755 changed BIOS setting, NO VIDEO

On board video is disabled when a card is installed.
You must REMOVE the installed video card before it will work.
Using On board video with a card installed is not supported.

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I picked up some old Dell Optiplex 110s (P3s, 733mhz, 128 RAM) from a local govt. auction; they were used by our city library system; they had no harddrives, all came w/ CD reader and the floppy drive

I've messed around w/ these type of Dells for several years....they're fun and usually easy to work on. I fix em' up, install Linux on em' and give em' away to friends and family, BUT I've not run across this situation before..... in the BIOS, Boot order, ONLY the Floppy is shown as a boot option. No HDD or CD ROM is given as an option for booting.

I flashed the BIOS w/ downloaded update from Dell website.... changed BIOS ver. but did not reset the boot options. I just don't enough about BIOS-es to know how to change em'

I figure they were set like this to keep "the public" from messing w/ them when they were in the libraries

Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations on how this can be remedied??

Thanks in advance!!

A:old Dell Optiplex 110 BIOS will only allow booting from A: can't change it

make sure its plug and play bios w/ a plug and play device

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Recently deployed xx number of OP3040 machines. Obviously WoL is a must. Default BIOS setup does not have it enabled, but using cctk from Dell Client Command Suite makes it easy during SCCM deployment (Win 7 x64)
So I have exported .exe with all required WoL settings (inc deepsleep DISABLE) and BIOS system password set.
Exe runs fine in Task Sequence, all settings get applied, but NOT activated.
At this point I can power off Windows, restart, power off again, WoL is NOT active (yet the deepsleep is definitely set to disable)
All I needed to do on EACH machine:
F2 get to BIOStype password
I did NOT apply anything, I did not make any other changes (just in & out)
Instantly WoL started working correctly
Surely that is a but in either cctk and/or latest BIOS for OP 3040?
Anybody else noticed?

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now this system was a problem from jump seemed to run great after i got the operating system on i went to updated all the drivers got to the bios flash driver downloaded it it ask to reboot now nothing doing it starts gives the lights on the tower that it is running but no video to the monitor anything i can do tech support at dell told me they couldn't help me because this system came from a Friend who got it at an auction

A:Dell Optiplex GX260 Bios problem

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Help please..I have Dell Optiplex 5100 and 5133...latest Phoenix Bios version A20...I have new Xerox Docuprint M750 that will not work with ECP printer port. I do not have option in Bios to either make it ECP or change it from ECP. Only options are PS/2 and AT. In Dell documentation it says will support EPP and ECP via drivers. I have tried to change driver for port in Device manager to regular port (both by changing and also by deleting in safe mode and reinstalling it..) but nothing works. Win 95 keeps finding it and reinstalling as ECP. I looked at board (printer board is embedded on the board - not a separate card) and see no obvious jumpers or anything. Dell support has been ignoring me and Xerox support just says talk to your PC vendor. I'm ready to send printer back but like it because it has individual color ink cartridges... Does anyone have any ideas...I'm stumped. Pleas help - I'm not afraid to go into registry or whatever but don't know where to go from here. THANKS

A:Need to change lpt1 from ECP - Optiplex-not Bios option!

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I recently purchased the tower and a auction When the computer boots up its say the name of the college on it.

is there away to remove the name from bios splash screen

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Today I came in to use my PC and it will not boot into Windows. It started out as "initializing intel boot agent PXE" error, after following other articles, I got that to go away, I switched from NIC ON w/PXE to ON only. That made the PXE error go away however I am still not able to boot to Windows, I get a flashing cursor on the upper left of the screen and nothing more. I did a factory reset of the BIOS and still nothing. Any other ideas? Also is there an offline way of updating the BIOS if I cannot get into Windows to install the program? Most BIOS updates I have done are an exe that you download, extract t USB and then run on boot.....

A:Dell Optiplex 755 won't load thru BIOS to boot

What color is the power button and is it steady or blinking? Check the 4 diagnostic LEDs on the front panel and look up the error codes in the manual which may point you at the problem. Are there any beeps from the PC?
Look in BIOS setup to see if your boot hard drive is correctly recognized on the SATA0 port.  Then make sure the hard drive is first in the boot sequence.
If the drive isn't recognized in BIOS setup, power off, unplug and press/hold power button for ~15 sec. Open the case and carefully reseat the SATA cable between the hard drive and motherboard at both ends. Also check that the power cable is correctly attached to the drive. Close the case and try to boot now.
If it doesn't boot and the hard drive still isn't recognized in BIOS setup, then you may have had a  hard drive failure.  See if you can boot from a bootable CD, DVD or USB stick...

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