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I need to upgrade the video and Memory on my SX280 Dell lunchbox

The computer has the Intel 915 chip set but it is not able to handle the 1440x900 video editing. I am looking at a nVidia 8500 but I'm not sure if it will fit the space.

Is it a PCIe slot?

Memory is 2x512MB. Can I upgrade to 2x 1GB without changing power supply?

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  • Larry Hackett May 11, 2010

    If you tell me your service tag # - I can verify the specs on your equipment. Without that, I can only guess it's a PCIe slot in there. I'm assuming ths is a small form-factor unit, so you'll be limited to which video cards will fit. You can't use most mainstream vidcards in the small form case - so you're limited to the Dell selection at the dell store www.dell.com. The 2x1GB ram will not require you to upgrade your power supply - so for that, you're definately ok. However, depending on which video card you buy, you may need a bigger power supply, again Dell can confirm this for you when you select a card online. Good Luck!

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According to nVidia the 8500 is a PCI expressX16 card and designed for hight speed DDR2 and GDDR3 memory.

I don't think you'll have any problem adding 2X 1GB memory affecting the power supply but check the tech specs on the card for fit in your case.
Let me know if this helps

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My pc wont boot up how can i tell what core it is? its a Dell with 2.8 ghz intel


If this holds true,

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7577204_specifications-dell-model-dhm-computer.html

,the Dell computer is a Dimension 8250.

If that holds true, then NO. The motherboard chipset does NOT support using a dual core processor, much less a quad-core.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

The motherboard chipset used for the technology of your Dell motherboard, utilizes a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

Let's regress for a moment;

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_Circuit

If you would take the motherboard out of the computer case, and stand it up in the same direction/position it was in the case, on a table; the motherboard can be viewed as a Map.

The Processor is due North, the Ram Memory slots are due East, the white long PCI slots are due South; and the I/O ports are due West.

The Northbridge chip is always close to the CPU. (Processor)
This is one reason it is named the Northbridge chip.

The Southbridge chip lays down near the white long PCI slots.
Yes. Due South.

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

Therefore when you want to upgrade the Processor, not only take a look at what processor socket is used on the motherboard; but also see what the Northbridge chip is.

[There is more ]

HIGH-speed graphics being AGP, and PCI Express,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGP

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

a) Using a graphics card inserted into a white long PCI expansion slot, is NOT high-speed graphics.
b) Using Integrated Graphics is NOT high-speed graphics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.

1) Anything connected to the IDE bus. (IDE is also referred to as PATA)
2) Anything connected to the SATA bus.
3) Anything connected to the USB bus.
4) Anything connected to the Ethernet bus.
5) Audio (Sound)

An example of general location using this example,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ASRock_K7VT4A_Pro_Mainboard_Labeled_English.svg

The motherboard example is clocked 90 degrees to the Left, plus a few more degrees (22?); than how it actually is positioned in a computer case.

As you can see with this example, the Northbridge chip has an aluminum finned Heatsink on it. They run hot, and need to be cooled.
The Southbridge chip in this example does not use a Heatsink.
Most newer motherboards do.

The motherboard chipset used on the Dimension 8250 motherboard, is an Intel 850E.

One of the first Intel chipsets to start supporting Intel Pentium 4 processors.
Age, my man. This baby is O-L-D.

Dual core processors weren't even heard of then. They hadn't come out.
Much less quad-core processors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_chipsets

Fourth listing down in the Chipset column. 850E

Northbridge is Intel 82850E
Southbridge is Intel ICH2. Part number is Intel 82801BA

-> RDRAM?
Just spotted this.

Should mean you are running an Intel Celeron, or Intel Pentium 4, that use a Socket 423.

Seriously? RDRAM?
That ram memory technology has been left way behind.
Rambus DRAM. (Dynamic Random Access Memory)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RDRAM

Plus the price of Ram Memory is out-freaking-rageous!
For the price of 1GB of RDRAM, you could buy 4GB of Sdram
DDR, DDR2, or DDR3.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim8250/specs.htm

Advise get rid of that motherboard.

Processor? Nope. Can't reuse. Why? It's a Socket 423 Intel processor. They use RDRAM ram memory.
Intel made a deal back in the day, that they would manufacturer Intel processors utilizing a Socket 423, and RAMBUS ram memory,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_423

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_4_microprocessors#Willamette_.28180.C2.A0nm.29

Regards,
joecoolvette

Feb 04, 2013 | Dell Computers & Internet

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Picture about flowchart of computer


http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insp530s/en/OM/HTML/index.htm

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insp530s/en/OM/HTML/parts.htm#wp1578680

Power Supply - Small Form Factor design,

http://www.amazon.com/Genuine-Dell-Inspiron-Systems-Identical/dp/B001GJCR46/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346943850&sr=8-1&keywords=inspiron+530s+power+supply

Motherboard Diagram,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

CPU = Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short.

1) Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
(Max frequency rate = 2.5GigaHertz )

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_microprocessors#.22Wolfdale-3M.22_.2845_nm.29

800 MegaHertz Front Side Bus
Voltage range .085 to 1.3625 Volts (DC)
Uses Up To 65 Watts of power
Again, 2.5GHz for the maximum frequency rate. ('Speed')


2) Processor socket: LGA 775

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_775

3) Motherboard Chipset:

Intel G33 Express

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Core_2_chipsets

Scroll down to G33;
Northbridge chip: Intel 82G33
Southbridge chip: Intel 82801IB, or 82801IR, or 82801IH,

(ICH9, or ICH9R, or ICH9DH. Scroll down to the subheading -
Southbridge 9xx and 3/4 Series chipsets)

4) Ram Memory:

2 ram memory slots
Maximum for EACH ram memory slot is 1GigaByte
Maximum TOTAL is 2GB.
DDR2 Sdram at 667MegaHertz. (PC2-5300)

5) Harddrive: SATA - 500GigaByte
6) Optical Drive - SATA

7) Graphics: Integrated on the motherboard.
Intel GMA 3100,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA#GMA_3100

PCI-Express x16 slot, and uses the PCI-Express 2.0 technology.

The CPU (Processor) communicates back, and forth to the Northbridge chip, (Of the motherboard chipset), through the Front Side Bus. (FSB)

The Northbridge chip communicates with the Southbridge chip, through the Internal Bus.

The Southbridge communicates with the Super I/O chipset, and the BIOS chipset, through the LPC Bus. (Low Pin Count )

One at a time in the Wikipedia search box look up,
1) Bus (computing)
2) Front Side Bus
3) Northbridge (computing)
4) Southbridge (computing)
5) Internal bus
6) LPC bus
7) Super I/O
8) PCI (Local bus) [Conventional PCI ]
9) PCI Express

Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit

The GPU, or Graphics Processing Unit, or graphics chipset; can be Integrated on the motherboard, or on a separate graphics adapter card,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPU

The motherboard chipset for the Dell Inspiron 530s desktop computer, consists of a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

[So aptly named because if you look at a motherboard as a map, the Processor, and Northbridge chip sits due North; Ram Memory slots due East; PCI slots, and Southbridge chip due South ]

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

AGP and PCI Express is HIGH-speed graphics.
A graphics card inserted into a PCI slot, or using Integrated Graphics, is NOT high-speed graphics.

The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.

PCI bus. (PCI expansion slots, and Integrated Graphics)
IDE bus
SATA bus
USB bus
Ethernet bus
Audio (Sound)

The Super I/O chipset handles the I/O devices (Input/Output), such as the Keyboard, Mouse, Floppy Drive, and anything connected to a Serial port, or Parallel port.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Sep 06, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 530s Desktop Computer

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Please can you tell me the components of the following chipsets. north bridge,south bridge and I/Out put chipset


For the Dell Optiplex GX150 Desktop PC?

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx150/en/ug/specs.htm

Motherboard chipset: Intel 815E

Northbridge chip: Intel 82815
Southbridge chip: Intel 82801BA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intel_chipsets#Pentium_II.2FIII_chipsets

Under the subheading - Chipset - scroll down with your eyes to -
815E

Look to the right.
You will see - 82815 - under - Part Numbers.
That is the Northbridge.

To the right of that, you will see - ICH2 - under Southbridge.

Scroll the page down, until you come to the BOLD heading -
Southbridge 8XX chipsets.

You will see ICH2 is Intel part number - 82801BA

The I/O controller hub is in the Southbridge chip.
I do not know what the Super I/O chipset is.

[ The Northbridge chip should be under a finned Heatsink. If so, you will not be able to see the Intel part number.

Looking at the motherboard as a map, with the Processor to the Top, and Ram Memory slots to the Right, the Processor is NORTH.

(Ram Memory slots are to the EAST)

Coming down the motherboard, the Northbridge chip is under the Processor.

Come down further, and slightly to the right, and you will see the Southbridge chip.
It has Intel 82801BA on it, with other Intel information ]

HOWEVER, here is a list of Super I/O chipsets,

http://web.archive.org/web/20070929033214/http://www.esupport.com/techsupport/award/superio.htm

[ It comes up to the Wayback Machine. Wait a couple of seconds, and the Super I/O chipset page will come up ]

If this is a general question about the Northbridge chip, Southbridge chip, and Super I/O chipset;

Motherboard diagram,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short.

The Processor communicates with the Northbridge chip, through the Front Side Bus. (FSB)

The Northbridge chip communicates with the Southbridge chip, through the Internal Bus.

The Southbridge chip communicates with the Super I/O chipset through the LPC Bus. (Low Pin Count Bus)

The Northbridge chip handles the faster capabilities of a computer.
It handles the Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-speed graphics.

AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), and PCI-Express, are HIGH-speed graphics.

A graphics card inserted into a PCI slot, or Integrated Graphics, is
NOT high-speed graphics. This is handled by the Southbridge chip.

The Southbridge chip handles the slower capabilities of a computer.

IDE
SATA
USB
Ethernet
and Audio. (Sound)

This is more information on the Northbridge chip,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northbridge_%28computing%29

For more information on the Southbridge chip, simply left-click on the blue - southbridge, in the end of the first sentence.
(....the other being the southbridge)

You can also search the following in Wikipedia, by typing them in the search box to the upper right, and clicking on the magnifying glass icon.

Northbridge (computing)
Southbridge (computing)
Front-side bus
Internal bus
LPC bus
Super I/O chip, and so on.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

May 14, 2012 | Dell OptiPlex GX150 SF PC Desktop

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Dell dimention 2350 socket 478 I upgrade celeron 2.0Ghz to pentium 4 3.0Ghz 530 The Bios show me the speed 1.5Ghz. Bios A02


The Dell Dimension 2350 Desktop PC motherboard, has an Intel 845GL motherboard chipset,
mounted to it. (System Information),

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2350/specs.htm#1101572

Here we see that the Intel 845GL chipset supports processors, with a -> maximum <- Front Side Bus of 400MegaHertz, (FSB = 400MHz max.),

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_chipsets

The Intel Pentium 4 model 530 (3.0GHz. Also has Hyper-threading Technology. HT), operates with a FSB of 800MegaHertz, (FSB = 800MHz),

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Pentium_4_microprocessors#Prescott_.2890.C2.A0nm.29_2

(Scroll down. Pentium 4 HT 530 )

You can't make the Intel 845GL chipset support a processor with an 800MHz FSB.
BIOS update or not, the voltage range will be too low. Therefore the FSB is low. Changing just the Multiplier will not do the trick either.

(BIOS Setup, Advanced Chipset Setup. Doubt the options of changing the FSB, and/or Voltage, and/or Multiplier, is available with that BIOS program))

Note your 3.0GHz processor is operating at 1.5GHz?

Max FSB supported is 400MHz, and your Model 530 needs 800MHz? (For max operation)

Post additional questions in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette


[ Chip and Chipset are shortened terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit

The motherboard chipset technology used for your computer, has a Northbridge chip, and a Southbridge chip.

(Does not apply to motherboards that support the Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 processors )

The Northbridge chip handles the faster capabilities of a computer.
Processor, Ram Memory, and High-speed graphics.

[ The AGP technology, and the PCI-Express technology, is High-speed graphics.
Using a graphics card in a PCI slot, or using Integrated Graphics, is NOT High-speed graphics ]

The Southbridge chip handles the slower capabilities of a computer.
Anything connected to the PCI bus, (Such as a PCI graphics card)
IDE (PATA)
SATA
USB
Ethernet
Audio (Sound)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

[ CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or Processor for short ]

So it is first up to the Northbridge chip, of the motherboard chipset, whether it will support a certain processor, THEN if a BIOS update will help.

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We own a dell dx270 p4 it wont boot up should we just buy a new one or is this one worth upgrading and what is the biggest processor we can put into it.


darrinjensen all I can offer is my opinion, as can everyone else. The decision rests with you.

A) The best Processor that a Dell Optiplex GX270 can use, is a single-core Intel Pentium 4.
The best Ram Memory is DDR Sdram at 400MegaHertz. (PC3200)

This is shown by the fact that the Northbridge chip is an Intel 865G.
Supporting Data:

1) http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/opgx270/en/ug/specs.htm

2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_Chipsets

3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

[ The CPU {Processor} communicates through the Front Side Bus {FSB} to the Northbridge chip.
Think of an FSB as an 'Information Highway'.
Information {Data} goes back and forth across the FSB.

{Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C. Integrated Circuit}

The Northbridge chip determines what Processors are supported, what Ram Memory is supported, and High-speed graphics.

{High-speed graphics being AGP or PCI Express.
Not a graphics card installed into a PCI slot, nor Integrated Graphics.

Integrated graphics is also referred to as OnBoard graphics. ON the motherBoard. The graphics chip {GPU) is soldered to the motherboard. Not to a removable graphics adapter card. (Graphics card/Video card/Graphics adapter card, all mean the same thing)

The Southbridge chip handles the slower processes of a computer. Therefore also handling anything to do with a PCI slot, or Integrated graphics ]

A motherboard is the 'Building Block' of a computer. From it, all hardware components are supported.
Processor, Ram Memory, Graphics card, (Or Integrated Graphics), and so on.
What Northbridge chip is used determines a lot about a motherboard, besides the internal connectors used.
When buying a computer this is what you need to look at, for one.

Things have changed with the introduction of the Intel Core i3, i5, i7, and i9.
There is no separate Northbridge chip. It may be integrated into the CPU, or not used at all.
There is no FSB. It has been replaced with the Quick-Path Interconnect.

Intel rates their Processors with a star system now. The budget, or entry level Celeron is a 1 star. Pentium's are 2 stars. Core i3 - 3 stars, Core i5 - 4 stars, Core i7- 5 stars.

Point?

With the introduction of computer utilizing the Intel Core i3, i5, i7, and i9 processors, the computers that can use Intel Core 2 (Duo and Quad) processors are becoming VERY economical.

You may be able to purchase a desktop computer that utilizes an Intel Core 2 processor for around
$400 to $500. One that utilizes a comparable AMD processor for the same, or less.
And has Windows 7. (I know, do not start a sentence with And)

One example, (Not advertising for website),

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6326393&CatId=6

Another example,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6738683&CatId=6

The Power Supply is probably what is bad with your GX270. Also, has it been cleaned inside on a regular basis as needed? {To include the Power Supply. A can of compressed air for computers is used. Power unplugged to computer}

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I would like to upgrade my cpu. Can I put a larger cpu? I have a compaq EVO D510 with a 1.8 processor.


You can upgrade the speed of the CPU. Of course in order to do that you must know the motherboard capabilities. If the motherboard is upgradable to 2.0ghz processor with the same specs with your 1.8ghz processor then you can upgrade. If the motherboard is un-upgradable, my suggestion is to replace the motherboard, get a new processor, memory module, etc. Meaning you just bought a new computer. For the mean time, upgrade your memory module. Un-install the software that you don't need. Especially the one the eats up the processor speed.

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I have a dell dimension 4600i. I want to upgrade


It should.. Here is a link to documentation.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4600/en/4600/sm/specs.htm

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I have a dell optiplex sx280 computer and monitor that has lapsed into ''power save mode'' and I have been unable to ''awaken'' it (I'm not sure which is ''asleep'': the monitor or computer!) from sleep. I...


How's the status light of your computer monitor? is it blinking amber? and the status light of your computer tower's power button? blinking amber as well or solid green or no light at all?

1. Disconnect all the connection at the back of your computer tower
2. Press the power button of the computer tower for 15 seconds
3. Reconnect the power button and the monitor cable at the back of your computer tower and turn on the computer (if it turned on that means that one of the device plugged at the back of your computer tower is faulty)
4. If still the same problem, open up your computer tower.
5. Reseat the video card, Reseat Hard drive, Reseat Memory, Reseat CPU, Reseat power cord coming from the CPU to your computer (doing all things one-by-one to pin-point the root cause of the issue)

If none of the troubleshooting steps fixed the problem, possible that the power supply is faulty and if the power supply is faulty sometimes it goes with the motherboard.

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After upgrading memory, 6 beeps, how to proceed


According to Kingston's web site, the Optiplex SX280 uses DDR2-400 or 533 speed chips of up to 2GB in size, for a total possible maximum of 4 GB. If you've used any other combination or type of chip, its not going to work. Also, make *sure* you've installed the chips correctly; it's easy to do improperly. You start by inserting them at a 45 degree angle, then pressing the high edge down until it clicks into place. Pop them both out if you still have trouble, and install them again. Make sure you've taken all static protection measures.

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You can go to the Dell website and check product support. Why do you need an upgrade?


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