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How to install a power supply into a Gateway SX2801-01E

I'm trying to get a new Graphics card, but my power supply is laaame at only 220, so, I had an old one in my previous PC that was 650 and I'm trying to figure out how to install it. Is there anyway I could get some help, like, is it possible to get like a step by step type instruction?

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The form factor is your main obstacle. It needs to fit the case. Second there is the motherboard power. It could be 20 or 24 pin. From there you need the 4 or 8 pin CPU power. The rest are just adapters (with spares) for your hardware like MOLEX or SATA. These can have adapters to convert to and from. So, your only real concern is 2 connections, and even these can be converted with adapters.

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I was unable to locate your specific computer but most psu installation on desktop computeers are virtually the same.

WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you are dealing with electricity that can KILL.

http://www.kitchentablecomputers.com/static.php - rules


Unplug all electronic cords connected to the computer.

At no time during the installation should any cords be connected to the computer.

Remove the screws holding the computer cover case, and remove the cover case.


Locate the computer power supply box, which looks like a large box out of which a bundle of wires run and connects to the power cord jack on the outside of the computer case.


Unplug the power cables from the internal devices connected to it.

Be careful not to damage any of the sensitive control boards or devices inside the computer, and be certain to remember--write it down if you need to--what devices will need reconnecting to the new power supply when you finish the installation.


Unscrew the power supply from the inside of the computer case and remove it. Check the original power supply's red voltage switch for the correct setting.

It should read 120 or 240 if you live within the United States.


Confirm this setting as the correct voltage setting for your power outlets.

Make sure your new power supply gets set to the correct voltage setting before you install it.


If it cannot be set to the correct voltage, do not proceed with the installation or you may damage your computer.

Return the new power supply and buy one that is compatible with the voltage requirements.


Install the new power supply, reattach the screws that will hold it in the proper place inside the computer.

Reattach the power cables that come from the new power supply to the devices that were connected to the old power supply.


Make sure all of these connections are firmly in place before you turn the computer back on.


Reattach the computer power cables and all the cords connected to the computer during normal operation, but do not close the computer case yet.


Keep your hands clear of the inside of the computer case as you attach power cords and peripheral devices.


Turn the computer on and observe the performance of the computer without touching anything inside.

Do all the computer fans function normally?

Does the computer operate as well as or better than before?


If you feel that the computer behaves normally and you do not encounter any problems, turn the computer off, remove all the power cords and peripheral cables once more, and close the computer case.


Then reattach the power cords and peripheral cables and begin using the computer.


Check for errors if you encountered any problems starting the computer or if it would not start at all, unplug all the power cords and computer cables connected to the computer and look inside.

Make sure that you connected all the correct power cables inside the computer securely and did not miss any.


If you have confirmed this and the computer still doesn't start or operate normally, call your computer manufacturer or a professional computer repair shop for assistance completing the installation


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvClS_M-09o&feature=watch_response_rev


watch video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0udZ0Ky4Pk


Hope this helps.



Posted on Nov 27, 2012

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    kirbyukito Nov 29, 2012

    Yeah, this totally helped out. We managed to get the PC working and everything. Feel kind of foolish asking how to install a psu seeing how easy it really is. But still, thank you everyone!

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Gateway dx4300


One of two possibilities; the Motherboard or power supply. In my case it was the Motherboard. Those cheap capacitors tend to go bad over time without being used. I purchased a replacement motherboard(Foxconn RS 780 "bengal") from a place in WI. Skyline on Ebay. I would do a search on Ebay for Gateway Foxconn Bengal RS780 Motherboard. Then get the number and call. You can use the old processor, ram, and maybe the graphics card, but I'd run the onboard graphics first(if you do happen to have replaced the motherboard) to make sure the graphics card isn't causing an issue. You will need to do some research and reading on the net about installing new motherboards and hardware. If the motherboard is the same, Windows should still work with it. Do your homework first as this is only a suggestion as to your problem. It is what happened to my Gateway DX4300-03. Check all power supply related, graphics card and wire connections first before you consider the motherboard thing.

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Will this graphics card work with my computer?


1) HP xw6200 Workstation desktop computer,

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11975_div/11975_div.HTML

Power Supply: Maximum rated Wattage - 500 Watts.

XFX ATI Radeon HD5750 graphics card,

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2GB-ATI-Radeon-HD-5750-1GB-HDMI-1080p-BluRay-EyeFinity-Gaming-Graphics-Card-/120973408169?pt=UK_Computing_Computer_Components_Graphics_Video_TV_Cards_TW&hash=item1c2a93b7a9&_uhb=1#ht_4735wt_1080

Yes.


1) Install the software F-I-R-S-T, then physically install the graphics card.
Windows running, put the Installation disk that comes with the graphics card, into the CD/DVD drive.
Load all software. The drivers, and Catalyst Control Panel.

Windows will NOT use the software until the graphics card is installed, so don't worry about not having graphics in the meantime.

2) Computer unplugged from power FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity. Static WILL fry out (Short Circuit), the delicate hardware components inside a computer.

Relieve your body of Static BEFORE reaching inside your computer, AND before removing any parts out of their anti-static bags, or cartons.

Computer on a table, computer unplugged from power, computer case open;
TOUCH an unpainted surface, of the metal frame of the open computer case.
This action will relieve your body of Static.

IF you leave your computer in the middle of working on it, be SURE to Touch the metal frame again upon your return.

3) Physically install the graphics card.
(The Lock Lever on the PCI-Express x16 slot, goes UP to install a graphics card, or to remove a graphics card. It looks as though you should push down on it)

http://www.txcesssurplus.com/servlet/the-9225/HP-408544-dsh-001-xw6200-WorkStation/Detail

Looking at the black PCI-Express x16 slot, with it's green Lock Lever, it looks as though there should be room for the graphics card.

Looking to the right of the green Lock Lever, look at the 4 gold colored Choke Coils. It may be tight, but the graphics card should clear the first two.

Areas of concern, though;

1) Power Supply:
The XFX Radeon HD5750 graphics card, requires a minimum of a 400 Watt Power Supply.

The graphics card doesn't use 400 Watts, of course. This is the minimum power requirement by the graphics card manufacturer, and based on the power the card needs, and the rest of the computer.

XFX, just like all graphics card manufacturers, uses a computer system set up to the maximum, for a test unit.

Gamer style motherboard.
Powerful Processor, that is probably a dual core, or quad core.
Maximum amount of ram memory.
Two optical drives
Two or more computer case fans.
Two or more harddrives.

You get the picture.

Power consumption has to be based upon what each individual hardware component will use, AND the graphics card.

Power Supply:
Problem is, the computer has some age on it. From searching it seems to have been made in 2004. Makes it 8 years old now.
Makes that Power Supply 8 years old now too.

A) Pre-built computer manufacturers, such as HP, Gateway, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc., have their components made by someone else.
The Power Supply is one such component.

Usually a generic Power Supply manufacturer, such as Bestec, or HiPro, or Delta, for HP computers.
Low quality electronic components are used in these power supply's.

Isn't a big deal usually, until you start to tax the limit on the Power Supply, such as installing a powerful graphics card.

Power Supply manufacturers also had a great tendency, to overate their Power Supply's back in the day. Made the Power Supply sell better, 'fudging' the actual Wattage rating.

Wattage was actually more like 60 to 70 percent, of what was stated.
300 Watts (60 percent) to 350 Watts (70 percent) is more actual.

The XFX ATI Radeon HD5750 also requires a 6-pin PCI-Express power cable, coming from the Power Supply, and connected to it.

The maximum amount of Wattage a PCI-Express x16 slot can deliver, is 75 Watts.
The 6-pin PCI-Express power cable delivers an additional 75 Watts,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#pciexpress

"This cable is used to provide extra 12 volt power to PCI Express expansion cards.
PCI Express motherboard slots can provide a maximum of 75 watts.

Many video cards draw significantly more than 75 watts, so the 6 pin PCI Express power cable was created.
These high-power cards draw most of their power from the 12 volt rail so this cable provides only 12 volts."

(Yellow wires are 12 Volt wires. Red wires are 5 Volt wires, Orange wires are 3.3 Volts. All are DC voltage. Black wires are Ground wires)

Will your Power Supply have a 6-pin PCI-Express power cable?
I doubt it.
In the Playtool link, see the 6-pin PCI-Express adapter power cable, shown on the right?

Takes TWO 4-pin Peripheral power cables,
(Commonly misnomered as a 'Molex' power cable),

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

If you are going to use one of these power adapter cables, you NEED TWO 4-pin Peripheral power cables!

HAS to have TWO Yellow 12 Volt wires going to it.

Will using a 6-pin PCI-Express adapter power cable, and One 4-pin Peripheral power cable work?
Most of the time yes.

PROBLEM is,
Over time the;

1) PCI-Express x16 slot contact pins -> BURN

2) Gold plated contact pins on the bottom of the graphics card -> BURNS

3) Connection on graphics card for the 6-pin PCI-Express power cable - BURNS

4) 6-pin PCI-Express power cable's connector -> BURNS

No if's, and's, or but's; it WILL happen.
Result is usually throw the motherboard away, and the graphics card.

So you may be looking at getting a better Power Supply.
Here is one example that will work,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=899124&CatId=1483

A) 600 Watts. Gives you an additional 100 Watts of power. Less strain on the Power Supply.

B) 120mm fan. A larger fan turns slower, therefore makes less noise.
Puts out more air flow than an 80mm fan, even though it turns slower.

C) Has all the power cables required, plus more.

D) Has TWO 12 Volt power rails.
12 Volt 1 is capable of 23 Amp's.
12 Volt 2 is capable of 20 Amp's.
Total combined Amperage for the two 12 volt power rails is 43 Amp's.


http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=c01463539

http://h20464.www2.hp.com/media/278E215F-8E76-416C-BBE2-32F7B25FB1A1/xw62_FRU_video_powersupply.htm

Gamer computer?
Not IMHO. Uses ECC ram memory.

That is Error Correcting Control ram memory. The ram memory runs the data through it twice, in order to make sure everything is correct, before using the data.
This is the type of ram memory a Server computer uses.

Could be wrong, and it could be used as a gamer computer, though. We will see when you are done, IF this is the intent.

[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECC_memory

Reasons for not using ECC:
"A performance decrease of around 2-3 percent, depending on application, due to the additional time needed for ECC memory controllers to perform error checking;"

Regards,
joecoolvette

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@Duarte,
Don't see what you are stating. Linda's statement was 220 WATTS or 320 WATTS, not Voltage.

(Voltage X Amperage = Wattage, capish?)

@Linda,

A) Minimum power requirement is 300 Watts, for an Nvidia GeForce 8600GT.

This is of course, based on a full computer system, AND the graphics card, by the graphics card manufacturer.
Card by itself uses 92 Watts.

http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

(Takes a couple of seconds for the page to load)

B) Due to your statements about the present Power Supply, I feel it is a generic model.

Made back in the time when Power Supply manufacturers would 'fudge', the actual maximum rated Wattage, to sell power supply's.
Actual maximum rated Wattage, would be more like 60 to 70 percent of what is stated.

220 Watts? That would be either 132 Watts (60 percent), or 154 Watts. (70 percent)

320 Watts? 192 Watts or 224 Watts.

As you can see neither fits the bill.

C) Don't shoot the messenger, but you do have the monitor plugged into the GeForce 8600GT, right?

Do you know the monitor cable is good? Monitor?

D) Did you observe Anti-Static Precautions when building the computer, and installing the graphics card?
If not you have an expensive doorstop.
(Motherboard does make a good one-way Frisbee, though)

E) Unclear of this statement of yours to Nicholas;
".....but not sure if the power supply is big enougth either seems to be running......."

I got the part about, not sure if the Power Supply is big enough,
[ A) + B) ],

Explain -> .......either seems to be running.......

Post back in a Comment.

F) Installation disk of graphics card is installed -> F-I-R-S-T.
Drivers and Nvidia Control Center are installed.

(Or downloaded, and installed from Nvidia Support website, or graphics card manufacturer website)

If not there is a driver conflict.

Drivers: Small pieces of software that allow the Operating System to communicate with a device.

Windows XP and Windows 7 are two examples of an O/S.
The graphics card in this case is the device.

When a device is installed, Windows 'breaks it's neck' to find suitable matching drivers.

If THE drivers are not there Windows will match up one of it's THOUSANDS of generic one-size-fits-all drivers.

This = No.
A driver conflict can result.
Windows: "Which drivers do I use? These or THESE?"

Installing the drivers, will do nothing to the present drivers already being used, nor graphics.
You'll still be using the same Ol' drivers, until the new device is installed.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Pull the new graphics card out to see if the power supply will start up, if no change, you will need a new power supply module.

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Dear,
you have pci express slot that supports high graphic card. You can buy a high graphic vga card but it relates with your power supply too. Check your power supply wattage and then buy the vga card accordingly because high graphic vga card require more power from supply.

There are alot of pci slot supported card in the market.

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Your computer will support this new graphics card.
I would find out what kind of power your PSU can provide as some of the higher end graphics cards require a higher end PSU.
You might be fine, but I'd do some research on power supplies.

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1) Did you plug the monitor into the graphics card?

(Hey, happens! Sometimes in our zealousness to see what that baby will do, we mess up a little)

2) Did you install the Drivers? First?

These will be on the installation disk that comes with the graphics card.
Recommend installing the software from the disk FIRST, then turn the computer off, unplug from power, install the graphics card.

3) Does the graphics card require additional power?

Some graphics cards will not receive enough power, from the graphics expansion slot they are inserted into.

[Gateway GM5084 uses a PCI Express x16 slot, for best graphics.

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/1009054/1009054nv.shtml

(Left-click on Specifications]

Some powerful graphics cards require additional power cables from the Power Supply.

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