Question about Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop

1 Answer

Topic dead PC (edited for clarity and punct) Dead dell optiplex gx260.

When I insert the power cable(wall to PC), it will boot and run, other wise it can not boot and load the OS . For some reason , the power switch confuses me.

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • Leo Breault
    Leo Breault Mar 09, 2015

    Are you saying that it will only start by plugging in the power cable not when you use the start button on the front?

  • Mark Mar 09, 2015

    Thanks Leo, I wanted that clarified too

  • Oce Guy
    Oce Guy Apr 25, 2018

    I think you mean that if the unit is sitting powered off with the power cable plugged in, it will take unplugging it and plugging it back in to start the system. This could be a problem with the power supply or the motherboard. Ensure your BIOS is set all to default settings and see if this happens after that.



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    New Friend:

    An expert that has 1 follower.


    An expert who has answered 20 or more questions within one hour.

  • Contributor
  • 57 Answers

That is how it's supposed to work, when you plug it in it works, when you unplug it, it will not work.....

Posted on Mar 27, 2015


6 Suggested Answers


6ya staff

  • 2 Answers


Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017



  • 86 Answers

SOURCE: manual dell optiplex gx 260

Have you tried this website:

I just went to dell and did a search on gx260 and then I clicked on manuals.

Posted on Feb 19, 2008


  • 37 Answers

SOURCE: dell optiplex gx260

You should see a set of four lights on the back of the computer. They are dianostic lights that can give you a better idea of what's going on with the computer. Press the power button and look at how these lights are displayed. Here is a link to the errors assiociated with each light code:

Posted on Feb 24, 2008


  • 3940 Answers

SOURCE: An old Dell Optiplex gx260 just won't turn on

Possible failures are:

  1. Powersupply failure
  2. Motherboard failure (Check the capacitors for popped ones)
  3. Front I/O Panel

Posted on Sep 01, 2008


  • 1 Answer


i need a down load for optiplex gx260 i have no sound after reinstalling win xp ser pack2

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My Dell Inspiron N4020 Laptop power button don't come on when I press to boot it. what happen?

Ensure the power cable is fully inserted into the charger slot, ensure the charger itself is firmly connected to the wall and if there is a power brick in the charger ensure all parts of that are connected. It just sounds like the battery is dead.

May 08, 2014 | Dell Inspiron N4020

1 Answer

Gateway GT5657E hard drive

Plug your new drive into the bay and secure the covers. Place the power adapter in the power socket. Press power and set boot sequence to boot from DVD drive. Insert your OS boot disc and load your OS to the new hdd. The new hdd needs to be intialised using the menu options. When your OS is installed, download all drivers from gateways web site or features will not work correctly.

Jan 29, 2014 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Down load flash card

Oh dear. That sounds like a corrupt OS to me. You need an external USB DVD player to boot from. Power up your External DVD player. Insert your Windows OS disk in the player. Plug the USB in and power up the net book an press F2. Select boot from USB and choose repair OS when prompted.

Oct 25, 2013 | Sylvania G-Netbook

2 Answers

Laptop is not booting up

Hi Rose,

There could be several reasons for this. lets go step by step.

Step 1, If the laptop has any USB device or USB Cable connected, Disconnected it and try to boot.

Step 2, If the laptop is on DOCK, remove it from Dock and try to boot.

Step 3, Remove the CMOS battery and try to boot the laptop with Power adapter plugged in. if this resolves, it is defective battery

Steps 4. If you are able to get power on the laptop, Insert the Recovery disk you must have received with the laptop.

If none of these steps work, Reply me with more detailed information about the issue.


Oct 21, 2011 | Lenovo G550-29583AU Notebook

1 Answer

Hi i have a compaq evo can start can not star



insert the os dvd and then perform the repair

Nov 18, 2010 | Compaq Evo N610C Notebook

2 Answers

I m lookin for installing dual boot with Vista ultimate n Windows 7, gotta dvd for both, any help??

If you wan to fresh install, here you can do ::
Try following steps.
Restart the PC, Press Delete for some time
It will lead you to BIOS setting
Go to the Boot Priority menu,
select DVD ROM as First Boot and HDD as Second Boot

Now Insert your Operating system CD: Vista Ultimate
Restart the PC and when screen says " Press any key to continue"
hit "enter"
Let the CD load and then select New Installation
Format the drive by pressing L, and then create three partition , 100 GB for Vista Ultimate, 100 GB for Windows 7 and rest for data.
Hit enter and let os Load

After complete OS loading, system will restart and again you will see " Press any key to continue"

OS will boot and register it with microsft. create login and then remove OS DVD,

Insert the Windows 7 DVD
restrt the system, Hit enter when it says " enter any key to continue"
select new installation, point to the earlier created partition for windows 7 installation
proceed with same procedure.
after complete installation, when you restart the pc, you will find both the BOOT entries at booting.
do not forget to load device drivers on both the OS.


Sep 07, 2010 | Acer Aspire 5610-4648 Notebook

1 Answer

I have a problem with my pc it will not boot up it starts to boot then just turns off I cant get and diag done to troblem shoot the problem PC specs Win XP sp3 3gb ram DDR2 Celeron D...

now, this sort of shut down is difficult to diagnose on remote, i would suggest downloading your motherboard manual beforehand. before you do anything, i would suggest read in manual where is reset pin and how to reset bios to original state, but do not do that yet, it will lost all your mods settings and return m/b - bios to original state. there are several possible causes of that fault.

1. faulty memory stick
2. thermal or fault on power supply
3. thermal or fault on motherboard
4. corrupted bios

we will start with easiest to check re 1.
a. switch off your computer,
b. remove power cable from power supply,
c. remove side wall,
d. remove memory sticks and replace them with known working ones from another computer
e. reconnect power supply and switch computer on, if computer works correctly, you solved your problem and need to replace memory sticks

power supply is not much more difficult re2.
a. switch off your computer,
b. remove power cable from power supply,
c. remove power supply cables from motherboard and all accessories, do not remove power supplly from it's craddle yet
d. connect cables from new power supply to your motherboard and processor fan, connect them to your hdd and cdrom,
e. connect power cable to new power supply and start your computer, if computer run correctly, switch it off, remove old power supply and replace with new one

most tiddly bit... when you arrive here that meant that previous two did not solved your problem, re 3:
a. switch off your computer,
b. remove power cable from power supply,
c. disconnect all cables from your m/b
d. connect power supply to m/b and processor fan
e. connect ps2 keyboard
f. connect monitor if "all in one" m/b, video card and then monitor in any other case
g. insert power cable to power supply
h. switch on your computer
i. acess bios (that is usually done by tapping "delete" key, find in your manual) if possible, if not then:
i1. switch off power supply
i2. remove power cable from power supply
i3. re-set bios (you need to locate reset pins/switch/button on you motherboard in manual)
i3. reconnect power supply cable \
i4. switch on the computer
j. acess bios and set your thermal to 75centigrade or 80 centigrade and 5min
k. close bios saving changes
l. re-boot your computer and leave it for 10min, if computer still run, that will indicate your problem lies elsewhere.

checking auxiliaries:
a. switch off your computer,
b. remove power cable from power supply,
c. connect cd-rom
d. reinstall power cable and re-start your computer
e. allow 10min run and check if computer is still running

switch off. remove cable and connect your hard disk drive, run or switched off? if off, you need to check your hdd...

any other auxiliaries need to be connected again in steps and if finaly you find one which terminated boot up, this meant that this particular element is responcible and need replacing. you need as well consider that your power supply maybe perfect on the bench, but will be too small for load required adn simple upgrade to more powerfull mother board can solve the problem.

hope that half book on problem solving solve yours :-)

Jul 30, 2010 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Compter will not start up , it only sits at the Dell Logo with the bar not fully loaded

Pull any USB related (Example: memory stick) and disconnect the ethernet network cable out.

Pull the power cord from the computer for 20 seconds and power up the computer.

Some older computer does not boor with USB memory inserted.

In correct setting on the CMOS may set to boot OS from network. Check cmos and make sure it's boot for your local harddrive.

Apr 24, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4500 PC Desktop

2 Answers

Im having no boot issue


Things to Check When No boot...
1. Have you connected all the power cable?
2. Do you see any display?(including the power lights glowing)
3. Does the screen show you any blue screen error message?
4. Do you hear any beep noises?
5. Have you tried to install any third party hardware or software?
6. What do you think could have caused the issue?

Mar 28, 2008 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

2 Answers

T1900 LAPTOP 1993 - Toshiba

Don't need THE boot disks.
A system disk from any OS will do.
Insert disk before power on.
It should tell you whether it is compatible.
If so it will load its own drivers.
and if not it may tell you what OS is on there.
ps. OS = operating system

Oct 08, 2007 | HP Pavilion dv9220us Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop Logo

Related Topics:

164 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dell Computers & Internet Experts


Level 3 Expert

13434 Answers


Level 3 Expert

4345 Answers

Alun Cox

Level 3 Expert

2679 Answers

Are you a Dell Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides