I'm stumped on this, so I want a little input from you guys.
I have 2x Dell Optiplex GX280 Series that I am repairing for him. One is a full-sized desktop, the other is the more compact size. These are both P4 systems, 1GB RAM, XP Pro, etc.
1st (smaller one) seems to have been going to desktop with no windows bar or icons. What I did is make a new account, and everything seemed to be right as rain again. (besides the slowness) But, it cannot find the sound driver. I look it up on Dell's site, it's not there. I looked on Windows updates, nothing. Any pointers?
2nd one (full desktop) will boot into Windows, but just sits at the Welcome Screen. I tried getting into safe mode, no dice. I tried booting an old version of HirenCD that I had laying around. CD-ROM is borged. Won't open. Even after I force opened it with a paperclip, wouldn't read it. I have no replacement IDE CD/DVD-ROMs. I tried using my USB external DVD-RW, but the system that old, won't pick it up.
Basically, this crap is so old, it belongs in a dumpster. But as he said, he mainly uses these for when his grandkids come over. (He's in his early 70s, btw)