Is it possible to replace the pathetic power supply that DELL has put in these computers (250W). The reason why I am asking is that unless you have a power supply of 300W or greater with the Radeon 9700 or 9800 series cards, you will get random reboots.
I want to buy one but I was thinking of putting in an ANTEC True Blue 480W power supply (just an idea), guaranteed to work with any amount of expansion. They also have lower wattage power supplies too.
As the D/8300 has a standard ATX PSU,you can replace it with one of larger wattage, you should be able to obtain more information by posting the in the Dimension UpGrade Hardware conference here.
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Are you planning on upgrading an 8300 or the XPS in your sig? I ask because you can't upgrade the XPS power supply, it's proprietary. I don't know why they did this when the rest of the recent Dimension PSU's are ATX.
And yes, those stock ones are definitely pathetic.
Message Edited by gts007 on 07-04-2003 12:48 AM
Stupid question here...
What about the power switch on the back of the (for example) Antec True Blue 480W power supply and the front switch on the Dimension 8300?
No, I want to get another DELL computer, the Dimension 8300. I just want to know if it is possible to replace the power supply with a better one, so one doesn't get random reboots of the computer due to a lack of voltage going to the video card. :)
The only thing I am wondering about is the power switch at the back of Antec's or another ATX-style power supplies. The one DELL uses doesn't have it or they took it off...
After doing a bit of reading, apparently one can get a power supply to replace the useless one in the DELL Dimension 8300. It is 400W and is available from this site...
I am getting me one!
Thanks for the help everyone!
Message Edited by _Leadbelly_ on 07-04-2003 07:25 AM
Message Edited by _Leadbelly_ on 07-04-2003 07:30 AM
Please post back and let me know if you need more help.
Both the vendor and PSU are an excellent choice.
I'm getting random reboots.. but once I turned off the reboot option in xp, I get the old bluescreen. It gives me a "page fault in non paged area" error, which seems to happen when copying data from my dvd-r.
I have 3 7200 ide drives, radeon 9800 pro, 2 256 ddr pc3200 chips with 2 512 ddr pc3200 chips.. pretty much maxed out.
I've run many tests on the ram and all passed.. I've upgraded the bios to a06, upgraded the firmware on the dvd burner.. installed most recent video drivers.. you name it!
I've reinstalled the os many times to no avail.
I really hope upgrading the power supply helps.. otherwise I'm S.O.L.
I'll post with the results of my upgrade.