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Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

I loaded XP Home on the neighbor's pc and looked into all functions and noticed a couple of things I'd like to bring up here.

First, upon startup, comes the Dell Logo screen which takes about a minute then comes another screen which lists the Phoenix ROM BIOS and other Copyright stuff on top and under that it lists

"Primary Hard Disk drive 1 not found
Secondary Hard disk drive 1 not found
Alert! Cover was previously removed"

After some seconds on this same screen this appears:

Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

When I press F1, the next screen lists a choice of 4 OS's to choose from or it will auto-load the one that's highlighted after some seconds when it's finished counting down THEN it finally goes to windows.

Can anyone tell me why all these screens and options or more importantly, how I can simply get the pc to bypass these screens and go straight to windows? Thanks.
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MorJo15
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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

What version is the BIOS that is running on this machine?

The cover open is just a Chassis intrusion warning.  You can reset it or disable it all together from inside the BIOS. 

I am curious as to what version your running though.

Message Edited by MorJo15 on 09-07-200605:51 PM

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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

Bios Revision A02.
 
While we're at it, how can I disable the "Cover intrusion" message from the BIOS?
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MorJo15
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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

The latest bios is A05.  An upgrade will probably take care of the BIOS load being slow.  You can get that upgrade at this link
 
For the cover intrusion message, this is from the manual.  See the portion highlighted.  You need to press F2 to enter the BIOS to reset this.
 
 
 
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Chassis Intrusion displays the status of the system chassis intrusion monitor and can be set to Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled. The default is Enabled.

If the computer cover is removed while the intrusion monitor is set to Enabled, a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) event is generated, the setting changes to Detected, and the following message appears during the boot routine at the next system start-up:

Alert! Cover was previously removed.

If the computer cover is removed while the intrusion monitor is set to Enabled-Silent, a DMI event is generated and the setting changes to Detected, but the alert message does not appear during the boot sequence at the next system start-up.

If the intrusion monitor is set to Disabled, no intrusion monitoring occurs and no messages appear.

To reset the Detected setting, enter System Setup during the system's POST. In the Chassis Intrusion option, press the left- or right-arrow key to select Reset, and then choose Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled.

 

 

As for the Booting slow, what operating system are you using 98, 2000, XP???

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peterfelgate
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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

The bios is looking for drives that don't exist - the drives are numbered from 0 so drive 1 is the second drive.  If the machine has just a single CDROM and single hard drive, all you need to do is reset the NVRAM to redetect all the devices and it will fix the problems.
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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

MorJo15 wrote:
To reset the Detected setting, enter System Setup during the system's POST. In the Chassis Intrusion option, press the left- or right-arrow key to select Reset, and then choose Enabled, Enabled-Silent, or Disabled.

As for the Booting slow, what operating system are you using 98, 2000, XP???



I don't see the "Chassis Intrusion" option anywhere is the Bios Jon? BTW, I am using XP Home.

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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

I resettted the NVRAM and disabled the options in Startup/Recovery, this got rid of everything, pc boots faster now so no need to update the BIOS and only problem left is that Alert warning screen?
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MorJo15
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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

I would upgrade the BIOS first, then see if the Option for resetting the intrusion shows up.  It should be there already.  Depending if the BIOS you have the type that lists the items or has them on multiple pages.  I believe that yours is in the listing style it would be under security settings.   Here is a link for the page in the manual for the BIOS settings.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx200/en/ug/setupopt.htm#system_security 

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MorJo15
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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

As far as making XP boot faster.  This is a simple change that I make on all the XP machines that I manage.

Open regedit and find this location

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters

On the right side look for a key named: EnablePrefetcher

Change the EnablePrefetcher key value to 5

Delete the contence of folder C:\Windows\Prefetch

And then reboot. 


THIS SHOULD ONLY BE CHANGED ON XP MACHINES. 

Enjoy the speed increase.

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Re: Dell Optiplex GX200 problems

This Bios does not have the "Security" listing so I guess I will have no choice but to update the BIOS to get rid of that Alert? If so, I will attempt it a little later on when I get the time. Appreciate the help with the faster boot time tutorial, will do that too, report back here, thanks.
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