Thanks reply Viper WeaponX,
Good point! I had considered it could be an XP issue knowing how bad Microsoft are. The 670 came pre loaded with XP SP2 and even though it was a return stock, the Windows had not been setup. It seemed a newer version than I have ever loaded myself. I will check the build and also check CPU activity. I might play a DVD or burn a DVD once I put a burner in the 670 (came with a CD-ROM can you believe) and see if I can get the processors hot. It is winter here and really cold in the room I have the PC in so the machine is cold.
Good idea to run Linux or whatever you are running. I see flashing BIOS is not an easy task for you. I was suprised to see two versions of BIOS in such a short time. I know the 670 could not read more than 4GB Ram until I see they fixed the BIOS recently. I intend getting hold of XP 64bit later on.
All in all a nice machine with lots of flexibility ala SATA,SCSI and IDE. Firewire at front is good as I just purchased a SLR camera that I will use it. Can't stand bending down to rear or bottom USB on Dimension 8300. Looks like BTX case will take over soon for this 670. That will change fan noise!
Thanks again. Ausboy
Thanks for the tip! I am still waiting for Dell to get back to me on the Precision 670. It is under warranty so I will get to the bottom of it sooner or later and post the results. I will have a look.
Was the symptom of hair drier affect immediate on power up or after 10-15 mins of use?
Interesting to hear of the GX280 capacitor issue. Where are they on the mother board do you know exactly? I have 2 of these machines and one is not under warranty (bought as damaged but actually is brand new just needed Hdisk reformatting) so I better check to see if they are affected. One is build 11/04 and the other is 4/05 so if you knew a batch date on these affected PCs it would be good to know. 100 motherboards to swap is a huge task, no doubt the capacitor manufacturer is paying the bill.
Dell recommended checking the Xeon processors had thermal grease and seated properly to their heat sink. In doing so the actual XEON chip came out of the socket with the heatsink (gasp!). Cut a long story short, I swapped processors around and it seems that the thermal management on one of the XEONs is stuffed causing only one of the fans to run flat out. I am waiting on Dell to respond to my findings. I want both XEONS replaced.
Has anyone with these 670 Precision systems suffered memory failures on POST. I just took delivery of another and I had to reseat the memory and swap around three times before it would pass the POST. Same issue with the fan beast 670, seems very dodgy. Maybe these machines aren't what they're all cracked up to be? Memory is all Samsung 512Mb 2R ECC PC3200.
When I get it all fixed I'll post it here!
Thanks for comments hdfatboy, My machine is New but 3 months old (from build date) so there could have been a bad batch of XEON chips. The one that is faulty is a 3.2Ghz 1M.
Was the fix for you a faulty fan or were the XEON processors at fault?
Dell is sending out a service call next week so I will see how things go then. Beware of memory issues I stated when and if you move the 670. My machine was quality controlled checked in June and when I powered it up it did nothing. Checking those lights on the front is kids play to sort out any issue which in this case was memory problems. Either the sockets are no good or the Samsung memory is poor quality or just incompatibility issue or even a bad batch. Don't get me wrong I have nearly 10 dells which never miss a beat (Dim 8300 & Optiplex 150 & 280) in my place and these 670s are the first to go bad. Just wish Dell would post a common fault bulletin so we could determine if we have a similar issue rather than wasting all our time. It seems this fan symptom is not UNcommon.
It was a noisy fan. Sounded like it was off balance when it went into a higher gear. They sent out a tech the next day and he replaced both fans.
I haven't had any problems with my Samsung memory. I've got 2 x 2gb 2r and 4 x 512mb 1r.
Actually, I've had it longer than I thought it got here the third week of April.
My company uses Dell for all of it's desktops and some of our servers. I have a 3 or 4 year old Optiplex that is so quiet you wouldn't even know that it was on. And my 4600 was a great machine until I got into HDV editing and just wanted more horse power and disk space.
Hope the techs get your machine back to good working order.