Tower and monitor compatable?

June 18, 2007 at 13:50:50
Specs: Windows XP Home, P4 1.5ghz 256 ram

Hi, The other day my neighbor got the bsod on his Dell comp that is 3 or 4 yrs old. He had a friend look at it and was told it was the mobo. I however think it is the hdd. Rather than mess with it he ordered just a new tower from Dell since everything else is ok. I don't know much about Dell machines because mine are Gateways. My question is, if I get ahold of his old tower, can I use an old Compaq monitor, mouse and keyboard to play around with this machine to see if I can get it running? If not, or if so, please educate me as to what I need to do. Thanks. Bluejay

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June 18, 2007 at 14:10:56

Yes you can. Pretty much all mice, keyboards and monitors are universal because all motherboards use the same basic inputs PS/2, USB config. So you shouldn't have a problem plugging a Compaq keyboard, monitor and mouse in to that dell.

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June 18, 2007 at 14:24:31

One person says it's the board, another says it's the HDD, nobody runs any diagnostics, so he buys a new machine??


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June 18, 2007 at 14:29:15

jam, Dell just loves that concept, disposable computers.
bluejay, IF you get that tower, boot it up and post the EXACT message on the BSOD.

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June 18, 2007 at 14:59:45

Thanks for the replies. I didn't even look at it myself, but that is the way they are. If it breaks down just buy a new one. I wish I had that kind of money. I just thought it would be fun to play with it if I can. I will return tomorrow as it is time to leave work. Bluejay

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June 18, 2007 at 17:39:34

The only caveat when connecting an older monitor to a new machine is that the resolution or refresh rate might be set to more than it can handle - - if the display is scrambled or distorted, that would be the case, and you'd have to lower it via Safe Mode

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June 18, 2007 at 18:09:47

A BSOD does not automatically mean a hardware problem. In fact, they are usually caused by a software problem.

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June 21, 2007 at 13:29:29

Hi, Didn't want anyone to think I just ignored responses. Neighbor gave computer to someone else. Oh well! Bluejay

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June 21, 2007 at 15:43:25

Easy come easy go.

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