I bought a closeout of PC barebones, several GX270 and GX280s, the 270s are harder to figure out when not working, however, the GX280 appear to directly suffer from bent PGA775 pins on the motherboard, unlike the straight pin on CPUs past, these appear much harder for a user to repair, can they fix bent pins at local repair shops, etc?
The other Dell desktop I obtained was a Precision 9150 (XPS 400 series) and it will POST, in fact, go into the BIOS and will try to boot, it sees drives attached but continues to freeze up when booting a Windows 9x or Windows XP, it freezes at the end of loading all drivers and Startup says it's starting Windows, on the blue and white text screen, it stays frozen with no more activity. What can cause this??
It booted my Acer 4710 hard drive which is SATA but did not boot a working XP install on the Acer using SATA/RAID added drivers.
Because the Vista OS from the Acer did boot up, I was really surprised and I video taped the result for YouTube. Since I wiped the Vista for malware free XP instead, I've not had any success since.
One solution, though hard to do, is try Windows Vista on a Acer formatted 4710 series that would replicate the find, and possibly Windows 7 might work, I can only speculate.
The other Dell issue I'm dealing with is Dell's Netbook like LS Latitude, it has 500Mhz integrated and one SODIMM module, uses PXE to boot from a Network, but it seems to only initiate when there is no Hard Drive present. It acts like my Acer 4710 which is BIOS locked, only looks at the HDD and it's formatting instead of external boot which activates when the drive is removed. I tried installing the drive after an external startup of XP is going on, but it causes a reboot of the entire system, or other errors. Not Hot pluggable I guess.
Ideas on any of these issues??