Talk:Dell OptiPlex

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This article was nominated for deletion on October 13, 2005. The result of the discussion was no consensus. An archived record of this discussion can be found here.

Robert 00:46, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

Corrected btx link[edit]

Updated link for BTX since the page has been moved. --Wikipedia-logo.png RND  T  C  17:39, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

GX280[edit]

Citation needed for: "Many suffer onboard CPU fan controller problems requiring a total motherboard replacement?" I have a dead GX280 that won't post, with an out of control CPU fan that sounds like a jumbo jet taking off sitting right here, next to me at work while my coworker wastes her time messing with it and I type on a backup computer...personally I don't require any additional info... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.27.111.132 (talkcontribs)

That you have a problem with a single machine doesn't allow anyone to conclude that any larger group is flawed, or prone to failure. -- Mikeblas 16:34, 3 April 2007 (UTC)
I've had 5 GX280 machines fail on me from the same problem. They have the symptoms described above but the problem is the capacitors on the board, they overheat and swell (and sometimes burst). Dell knows about the problem and has been replacing motherboards for all systems with this problem, even those out of warranty. [1] -- Atamasama 00:02, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

I'm adding memory variations in GX270 and GX280 they have 2 memory sockets in SFF, but the rest have 4 sockets.

Notability[edit]

I'm taking the notability tag off... Dell ships millions of these. I have two at my offices and I don't even like 'em. Potatoswatter 03:57, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Shipping millions of them does not make them notable. For a product to be notable, it has to be innovative and trend-setting. These products don't fall into those categories; they're manufactured on razor-thin margins using parts available from half a dozen vendors and with features that are very comparable to other products. If this product was truly notable, you'd see lots of articles and books about the "making of", the design of, the designers and team members themselves, and so on. Think of the Corvette or the Volkswagen Beetle, for example; there's piles of books on them. There's hundreds of books on all aspects of Microsoft Windows or Linux or Apple's OS. Are there any books, at all, specifically about any aspect of the OptiPlex machines? No -- because they're not notable. -- Mikeblas 04:02, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

"For a product to be notable, it has to be innovative and trend-setting." No, for a product to be notable it merely needs to have been noted in the media. That is why it is called notable. Mathmo Talk 22:52, 28 June 2007 (UTC)

They are extremely vanilla. Maybe the only notable thing is that they are unusually simple to set up, deploy and maintain. Device drivers tend to be very stable, bad drivers being the bane of Windows. Perhaps you could call Optis the Apples of the IBM world. --LADave (talk) 18:28, 23 April 2009 (UTC)

My first reaction to the article was "Why are we allowing Dell ads on Wikipedia", and I still feel the "strengths" section was written by Dell's marketing people, and not really relevant to the goals of Wikipedia, but as I read on, I decided that Dell (or whoever) really has written this in a manner consistent with the goals of Wikipedia, and my feeling that it wasn't worthy of disk space diminished. Perhaps some of the links to things like "goverment" and "business" should go... they are merely SEO-cheating ploys, not valid links... "in my humble opinon", as they say. Tkbwik (talk) 07:51, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

GXi Memory[edit]

The GXi does not take SDRAM. The Intel 440HX does not support it. It takes DIMMS but they are EDO DIMMS. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Stonent (talkcontribs) 18:59, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Dates and CPU speeds needed[edit]

The main table in this article is Very Useful. But it would be even more useful if it listed the dates when each model was made, and the range of CPU speeds for each model.-69.87.203.119 (talk) 01:30, 13 March 2008 (UTC)

yeah, approximate date range would be nice. 70.91.159.1 (talk) 20:46, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

I agree that adding a timeframe would be nice. 65.71.155.66 (talk) 16:59, 17 August 2011 (UTC) Here is what I have based on when we ordered them: Dell Model/Year ordered 260 = 2003 270 = 2004 280 = 2004 745 = 2006 520 = 2007 320 = 2007 330 = 2008 755 = 2009 360 = 2010 760 = 2010 380 = 2011 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.71.155.66 (talk) 17:31, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

About PS/2 ports[edit]

The affected column on this page of which Soham has complained on my talk page is a features description, not a parts catalog. Actually finding anything on Dell's site a second time can be terribly difficult. I've seen them there some time in the distant past. I am using them. I actually got them via eBay, where they are much easier to find. http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-optiplexgx520-i-o-panel-board-y9003_i_iovgadelly9003.aspx has the model fitting both GX520 and GX620 in SFF. http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-f3636-dual-ps2-expansion-i-o-panel_i_ltpps2dellf3636.aspx has the model fitting the GX280 tower. Each of those two URLs have photographs. These things come in an assortment of accessory models fitting various PC models. http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-OPTIPLEX-GX620-SFF-LOW-PROFILE-PS-2-SERIAL-PORT-ADD-IN-CARD-W-CABLE-Y9001-/121241111513?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c3a888bd9 is a current eBay ad for one that fits GX620. Likely the reason they are hard or impossible to find on Dell's site is they are for long since discontinued models, and likely accessories specifically for those models have been discontinued as well.

What I did was correct misleading content. It was claimed no PS/2 connectors, which while technically true, is misleading, because the motherboard has ports available to those who want or need them via the accessory component originally from a Dell catalog new, and now used from alternate suppliers, under an assortment of part numbers. The motherboard connector for the cards has 23 pins in 2 rows, on GX280, GX520 and GX620 models at least. Should one need to attach photos of the part installed to the page? On both GX280 and GX620? Loads of photos are available via Google image search for the commonly offered y9001 part number if anyone actually needs one, just not on among Wikipedia image inventory or on Dell.com. Photos for a feature details context in a huge table like this do not seem appropriate anyway. If what I've provided is inappropriate, then all references to PS/2 ports should be omitted for the GX280 and GX620 models, not a simple reversion. Mrmazda (talk) 07:25, 6 January 2014 (UTC)