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Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

Hi

I'm IT manager of a small school and we have been donated a few 760 USFF machines with floppy drives but no optical drives.  We have a number of existing 760 USFF's with optical drives but when I replace the floppy with an optical drive the new machines do not recognise the drive.  I must have an optical drive cos there's no operating system on the new machines and I need a way to install Win XP Pro.  Anyone have ideas?

 

Thanks

 

JB

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Skybird
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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

Did you enter the Set-up (BIOS) and find the Drives and Enable it there?

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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

Hi Skybird.

Well, I went into Setup and enabled everything that looked vaguely useful.  There doesn't seem to be any mention of an optical drive there though.  Do I need a BIOS update

maybe?  And if so how do I do that given that there's no OS and I cannot boot from a CD?

Thanks

JB

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Skybird
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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

In the Set-up, you Enable the CD drive (ATA) is connected to under Drives.
After that is done, then check the boot sequence and set the CD drive as the
first boot device.

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You do not at this time need a BIOS update.

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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

Hi Skybird and anyone else interested).

 

I am an idiot!  I foolishly assumed that, because the cases were the same, the new machines were the same as my existing ones.  In fact they are not Optiplexes at all but Dell System SX280's.  Their Bios is A04 (02/09/05).  They show a USB and a Floppy and something referred to as 'Module' in Setup but no CD drive.  I've tried enabling everything that looks even slightly helpful but no joy.  Any ideas?

 

JB

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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

Hi Skybird (and anyone else interested).

 

I am an idiot!  I foolishly assumed that, because the cases were the same, the new machines were the same as my existing ones.  In fact they are not Optiplexes at all but Dell System SX280's.  Their Bios is A04 (02/09/05).  They show a USB and a Floppy and something referred to as 'Module' in Setup but no CD drive.  I've tried enabling everything that looks even slightly helpful but no joy.  Any ideas?

 

JB

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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

Hi, The Guernseyman:

If it's any help, here is your manual section on system setup. The module bay refers to your CD drive. That should be enabled.

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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

Osprey4 thanks for the Manual.  I'm sure that will come in very useful.  (Any reference here to the Neath\Swansea Ospreys? - I'm a Welsh Rugby supporter.)

 

So far as my problem is concerned I have 2 thoughts:

 

1.  The Bios needs updating (if so how?)

2.  The DVD drive from the Optiplex machine is not compatible with the SX280 machine (although it fits OK).

 

Anyone got any ideas?

 

Thanks

 

JB

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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

This is a media bay drive, and you've enabled the media bay in the BIOS, right? Does a drive letter show up in XP?

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Re: Optiplex 760 USFF optical drive

Thanks for the reply Osprey4.

I've enabled the 'Module'bay.  I cannot see any drive letters because there's no OS at all.  I need a way to install Windows XP on several of these machines (they were donated to us - we're a school).  So far I cannot get the DVD drive recognised at all.

JB

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