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I have a Dell GX270 SFF - after plugging power cord in wall, the indicater light on front panel turns amber. The unit will not boot up unless I hold the power switch in, and wait for the light to go out. Pressing the button again will usuallu turn on the machine. The clock memory seems wrong also. Any ideas? It has Windows XP pro - sp3


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You might check on the CMOS for your unit. Make sure you have the latest version... it sounds like your computer is starting up in sleep mode by what you have stated. This can be adjusted in the CMOS area for power savings. The issue might also be in Windows itself too if the computer boots far enough along when it turns ogange, as Win XP has some power savings features that can corrupt in the Registry. My first thought is the CMOS though. Yours might be adjusted incorrectly or might even be corrupted (there were some viruses about 3 years ago that would scramble the CMOS on various Dell machines that I know for sure was the 260 and 280s.. yours being a 270, makes me suspicious of this possibility. To be sure, I would flash it to the newest version anyway just to be safe. Dell.com under support is where it is at.. you are wanting the BIOS update.. (dell calls it BIOS). The newest version is "A07" from July of '06. I am not sure if this will work, but here is the link to Dell BIOS A07:
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