I recently brought home a Dell Optiplex GX270. I had the intention of putting the hard drive from my old pc in it, which has win xp pro. When I first turned on the new Dell, it's info light on the front stayed on right after pressing the power button, and it would not show anything at all on the screen. I researched this problem, and found that some capacitors on the motherboard had been recalled, with info on how to detect bad capacitors. Mine were not leaky or corroded, so I did more research and took the advice to re- seat the CPU. (P4 2.60ghz- stock) Well that worked, after fighting with Dell's horrible heatsink design. (Bad attempt at hot swap) So, "YIPEE!" came next. The hard drive that came with this Dell evidently has an Ubuntu system on it, but I just proceeded to swap with mine. The one that was already in the Dell was a 40gig maxtor, and it was thinner than my old 60g maxtor (win xp) from my old pc. I didnt think this mattered, so i just took out the smaller 40g and put in mine by itself. I used the same power and data cables and plugs, but after getting past the BIOS, I get the blinking cursor (black screen, of course), and pressing enter wont help. I had used this hard drive in my old computer 30 prior to trying it in the new Dell.
All of the lights- (a, b, c, and d) on the back for diagnostics are lighting up, but i dont know which color, and i dont figure that would help determine the problem, since we already know that it is my hard drive. They were not lighting up before i re-seated the cpu, which is of course not a good thing.
Thanks in advance for you patience with this unecessarily long essay, and your help.
Love and Rockets