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How to Change Motherboard Dell OptiPlex GX270


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#1 Barbarino

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:59 PM

I received the replacement motherboard for the Dell Optiplex GX270, and it came with 3 little packets of gel.

There is a bar code with a set of numbers in the middle of the board and the first set of numbers are the same as on my old machine, ODG286.

Now I have no idea where to start. There are so many things attached to the motherboard, I don't know if they need to be detached and re-attached in any specific order, and I'm afraid I won't even remember where they are suppposed to go!

Is there any kind of diagram of this anywhere? ( I tried taking photos with my camera, but it doesn't take close-ups well, so that doesn't help me.)

I am open to any suggestions.

Please feel free to over-simplify.

Thank you!!

Edited by Orange Blossom, 03 December 2012 - 03:18 PM.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:16 PM

Click here to read a tutorial on installing motherboards and their components.

Once you've read this you may have more questions, don't hesitate to ask.Posted Image

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

Go to this site for the complete service manual.

For the motherboard (System Board) replacement guide, go here.

Look and read first. The first thing o do is see which of the 3 different GX270s you have. That page will show the differences. Then follow the proper directions.

From the first link I posted for the complete service manual

To remove or replace all other GX270 components, see the Dell OptiPlex GX270 Systems User's Guide.


t is actually pretty simple.

Good Luck
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:27 AM

Nuts.

Well, I managed to struggle through it all, but the computer still doesn't work. When I turn it on, nothing. So either I did it incorrectly, or more was wrong with it than the motherboard, the motherboard replacement wasn't a good one (someone here told me that a $20 refurb was not likely to be good quality) , or a lot more was wrong with my computer than just the obvious bulging capacitators.

Now I am going to have to check my hard drive and just pray that it still had data on it. And break down and get another computer and transfer the data.

I'll get back to you all on how is the best way to do that.

Thanks for all your help!!

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:52 PM

Simple obvious checks, You moved the CPU, Memory and heatsink to the new motherboard?

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

congrats on a successful motherboard swap Barbarino. :clapping:

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:47 AM

After many hiccups and false starts, it finally got into place with everything in place securely. (You really have to push hard on those connectors!)

And, it works great.

Many thanks to all of you for all of your help and suggestions.

Of course, being a 9 year old computer, who knows for how long it will work??

Now I have to get busy and do what I never bothered to do before, which is back up my data, in anticipation of the next crisis. I'm soliciting inexpensive solutions. There is 26.5 GB of data on the HD.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:56 AM

I Always back up to DVD or BluRay disc and a external hard drive as well as leaving it on the computer. That way it is in three places at the same time.

Glad to hear of your success.
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

My computer is so old it doesn't have a DVD burner, it only write on CDs. Forget about Blue-Rays.
I don't have an external hard drive.
I've heard of something called Acronis True Image. Would that help me?
Here is the description, but I just don't understand it at all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acronis_True_Image

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

Acronis True Image is designed to clone one hard drive to another hard drive. Be they one internal and one external or two internal drives. So to use it you would need to buy an external storage drive (device).

Bu clone they mean make an exact copy.

I hope that explains it
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:39 PM

Would it be useful in the case of my computer breaking, (it is 9 years old) and that way I can get the info on a new computer, if for some reason the hdd is damaged? Or if my computer gets corrupted and data gets lost, for example.

I'm just thinking that Acronis may be less expensive than buying an external hard drive, isn't it?

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:49 PM

Acronis works with and requires a second drive to copy too. Acronis is only software, You supply the hardware.

From You own link.

Backups can be stored on:

Hard disk drives
CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
Removable media such as Zip drives and Jaz drives
USB mass-storage devices
Networked storage devices, FTP servers or a True Image Online account on the Internet


I hope that explains it clearly
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Well then, I guess Acronis is out.
External hard drive is the thing.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

It depends on how you want to back up.

Do You want a exact image of your hard drive that can be restored to a new drive and booted from as if it is the old drive?

Or do you only want to back up documents, pictures, music or movies?

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