First off, I very much like Dell products.
> Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 14:17:59 -0600
> From: "alice ttlg" <coda@...>
>Subject: Re: WinME vs WinXP?
>Something that crossed my mind today was hardware compatibility, I was
>to buy only a motherboard, chip and hard drive and use her existing sound
>video card, network card (for the cable modem), CD-ROM and CD-RW. The
>card, video card and CD-ROM are about three years old and not anything
>duper, the standard Dell stuff. The NIC is about a year old, the CD-RW is
>a year old also. ...
From Upgrading an d Repairing PCs (13 ed., Scott Mueller), pp. 1124-26:
"..Dell defected from the cause of industry standardization.. using custom
connectors ..power supplies.. nonstandard pinout of the motherboard power
connectors. ..Upgraded power supply..smoked when I turned it on."
The ATX power connectors are the same, but the power lines are different. I
into this problem, though when I fried the motherboard the power supply
If you upgrade the MoBo, do the power supply too (a good idea in any case,
the fans go south with age)! I *love* the Dell case that I was working
with, but the
nonstandard (undocumented?) pins for the power switch required my having to
synthesize a new switch plate to keep that case. (Which I did, since the
mine; it took FOREVER to do it.) Just a warning from one sadder but wiser.
Happy New Year, MugWP