replacement motherboard/cabinet needed

March 1, 2010 at 18:59:58
Specs: Windows XP MCE
The motherboard in my Dell XPS 600 has died. Dell no longer offers a replacement. From my limited research, it seems that no non-Dell mobo will fit in this cabinet; would you agree? If so, what box and mobo (with processor) would you recommend that I could move all my stuff* into? Old processor was a Pentium D 830 (3.0GHz)-Dual Core. Thanks!

*two SATA hard drives, three removeable-media drives (a DVD burner, a media card reader and a 3.5" floppy), a graphics card (PCIe x16), two PCI cards (firewire & audio) and two 512MB DDR2 SDRAM modules.


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#1
March 1, 2010 at 19:15:43
do you have an operating system (XP??) to install??

larry


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#2
March 1, 2010 at 19:21:03
I have XP MCE already installed on one of the hard drives, but I have the CDs to reinstall if necessary.

BTW, I also have a Dell Optiplex GX 260 box that I could move this stuff into, but I'd need a new motherboard. The current one is made for IDE drives.


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#3
March 1, 2010 at 19:32:33
the install you have likely won't boot, once you have moved it to a new board and, if the CD is the one that came with the dell it may not install and if it does you will get a "30 days to activate" message.

larry


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#4
March 1, 2010 at 19:41:16
So should I proceed with my plans, just with the realization that I may have to end up purchasing an OS?

(I may not get a chance to check for responses until tomorrow.)


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#5
March 2, 2010 at 08:52:55
that is a possibility but, that adds $100, to the cost and you have to decide if that makes "economic sense".
also you stated "The motherboard in my Dell XPS 600 has died." How did you come to this conclusion??

larry


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#6
March 2, 2010 at 14:43:16
It was a long process, and the final diagnosis was based on input from several sources. When you power the PC up, it comes on for about 6 seconds and then powers down again. While it's up the number "4" (of the "1 2 3 4" diagnostic lights below the power button) lights up amber. Nothing ever appears on the display screen. I've tried replacing the power supply - no change. I've tried disconnecting all drives and cards - no change.

I could just get a motherboard and use the same old processor, but I'm afraid the problem might be with the processor, and I don't want to potentially mess up a motherboard by plugging in a faulty processor.

TigerDirect is recommending an Intel DG43GT Motherboard to go in the old XPS 600 tower, but I have yet to confirm whether that would fit. (Maybe, with a little duct tape...)


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#7
March 2, 2010 at 15:46:28
how much is the board at tiger?

http://3btech.net/msimbp6so775.html

I have not verified the board in this will support all your current hardware, you can do that yourself.
The power supply included is likely crap but, it sounds as though you may already have one. If you have to buy an OS, I am still not convinced it makes sense.

larry


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#8
March 2, 2010 at 15:55:19
or you could look for a cheap board and a cheap case and possibly keep it under $50

http://3btech.net/motherboards-sock...

larry


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#9
March 3, 2010 at 06:42:01
The Tiger option is more expensive (http://tinyurl.com/y8gh5th). I'll check into these options you've recommended and let you know what I end up doing. Thanks very much for the advice!
-Dave

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#10
March 3, 2010 at 09:15:24
just be carefull of the boards on 3btech, many use just DDR1

larry


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#11
March 3, 2010 at 13:45:40
A couple of times you've mentioned that the cost of an OS may mean that this solution doesn't make good economic sense. Do you mean as opposed to just purchasing a new system, or what?

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#12
March 3, 2010 at 14:22:38

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#13
March 3, 2010 at 14:29:47
if you need to save the money, and can get a new board & case for $50, I should mention there are free operating systems
http://www.linuxmint.com/

http://distrowatch.com/
they may not suit all you needs and there is no guarantee all you hardware will work. You would need to research the board and all your other hardware to insure it will work with linux. For instance will your current printer work?

larry


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#14
March 4, 2010 at 13:40:23
I seriously considered this bare bones box:
http://3btech.net/inco2duoduco.html
but eventually decided on the Dell system described below. I can move some of the items from my old XPS into this case.

Larry, thanks much for all of your help!

Inspiron 546 Minitower, Black Bezel
Inspiron DT, AMD Athlon II X2 240 (2.8GHz, 2MB)
2GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHZ- 2X1GB DIM M
Dell USB Entry Keyboard
No Monitor
Integrated ATI Radeon HD3200 Graphics
320GB NCQ Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200 RPM) w/ 16MB DataBurst Cache
No Floppy Drive or Media Card Reader
Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Dell USB Optical Mouse
Integrated NIC card
Dell Software,Roxio 1.0
Cyberlink Power DVD 8.3 Playback
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio
No Speaker Requested
No Virus Protection Requested
Microsoft Works 9.0, English
Dell Limited Hardware Warranty Plus In-Home Service [after Remote Diagnosis], Initial Year
Next Business Day In-home Service after Remote Diagnosis, Initial Year
Dell Limited Hardware Warranty 7X24 Technical Support, Initial Year


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