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My dell gx270 won't boot up. It comes on, I can

\015 My dell gx270 won't boot up. It comes on, I can hear the fan running, but that's it! Nothing shows up on the monitor.\015

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The first thing I would do is check the diagnostic lights at the back of the system. Usually on those model computers you'll see a set of 4 lights labled A, B, C, and D. These lights will tell you why the system isn't booting up. Below are the light diagnostics for your model.

Dell Diagnostic Lights

Also, this is a wierd fix, but it's worked before on over 100 Dell GX260's I've worked with. When the system is powered up, and not displaying anything, pull the power cord at the back. Normally this is NOT recommended, but yes, while the system is on, pull the power cord at the back. Plug it back in after 10 seconds or so, and power up the system. See if you see anything on the display.

Also, verify that the monitor is plugged in and working. You may have a dead video card. If you have both an onboard video card and an AGP video card, try plugging your monitor into the one that isn't in use currently. If it works there, you may have an issue with your other video device.

Best of luck!
It sounds like you have a blown capacitor on your motherboard. The Optiplex GX270's and 280's were very prone to this. Open your computer and look at the motherboard. The capacitors look like little black barrels with silver tops on the board. The tops of all of them should be flat with a k like stamp on the top. If any of them are bulging of have anything coming out of them, that means it is blown.
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\015\012If just the right capacitors get blown, then it can affect just your video (thus you not seeing anything, but hearing the fans running...assuming you are using on-board video). You could try installing a video card to see if you can see something, but if a capacitor has already blown, then I would plan on replacing the system.
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