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February 13, 2011 3:45 PM Subscribe
How to revive old Dell XP machine ?
posted by Kevin S to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've just about given up on an old Dell Optiplex GX280 (running xp sp3) but maybe someone has an idea I haven't thought of or could direct me to another site for help. The machine was well backed up so the issue isn't recovering data, but rather not wanting to give up a machine if it can be resucitated to some secondary role.
Original symptoms: upon bootup would get successive messages saying that memory was being reduced, then blue screen. Dell diagnostic disk confirmed a memory problem. Removed and swapped around the four memory chips leaving 512 mb. Diagnostic disk now shows everything is ok including memory.
But still won't boot, get normal XP logon logo, but then blue screens with msg that "...windows has shut down to prevent damage ..."No better results with safe mode. Won't do anything with the built-in recovery partition.
Created a small linux CD (puppy linux) that presumably works without accessing hard drive. Confirmed it works ok on two other computers including another Dell desktop. But problem machine doesn't even try to spin the drive containing the linux CD. What's strange here is that the same drive recognizes and loads the Dell diag disk.
I do have the original install disks, but not a recovery disk. Seems like an unlikely path since linux won't work.
Any ideas before I lug this behemoth off to the recycling center ?