The Dell Optiplex 760, when working properly, will allow you to handle all the tasks necessary for school, work or play. Unfortunately, you could experience problems with the computer that inhibit your productivity. These problems could be based on your computer's age or on technical issues. Some solutions might involve simple updates, while others might require you to contact Dell's technical support to replace defective hardware components. Having an idea of common Optiplex 760 problems will help you to determine if your problem is an Optiplex-related one.
Some customers have complained that the Optiplex tends to reboot on its own. It may also display a blue screen before Windows shuts down. Other customers have noticed that the computer will randomly reboot while displaying a message, "autodetect analog input." This problem has been linked to either having an incorrect display driver installed or requiring a BIOS update. When visiting Dell's website, access "Support" to ensure that you have the proper drivers installed and updated or speak with someone in tech support for assistance. Another resolution could be a storage driver upgrade.
Customers have also experienced a louder than usual fan. The fan is necessary to keep the computer cool, preventing overheating that could trigger further problems. The fan might have been installed incorrectly, and a Dell technician might suggest that it be replaced. The fan might need to be cleaned by an air compressor, or the computer might need cleaning to remove any excess dust on and around the fan.
Many customers and business owners purchase multiple Optiplex 760s and may find themselves needing to image the computer. Imaging a hard drive is like taking a snapshot of it--while the computer is functioning properly--as a backup option. Customers may experience an AHTI (advanced host controller interface) error, which requires a driver update or changing the settings to a legacy setting within the BIOS menu. Do not attempt to make changes to the BIOS settings if you do not know what you are doing. It is better to contact a computer technician for assistance.