My Dell stopped working todat. After an hour with Dell support, they said the motherboard blew. So, I'm looking for solutions. Is is possible to buy another computer, and just install my existing hard drive as the master and re-configure the new hard drive as slave?
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Re: Motherboard blew up
Yes, it is possible to buy another Dell Dimension 8200 pc and hook up your drive as the master and the new one as the slave. You cannot just drop in another motherboard from a different manufacturer because Dell is famous for proprietary boards. And even if you did get one to fit, Windows may not load because of the different resources that the new board will have. Yes, its possible, but I am sure that the Dell case will not allow a third-party motherboard. Perhaps someone knows better and can illuminate us both!
I would recommend buying a replacement computer, and install the Dell IDE drive in an external 3.5" IDE hard drive enclosure. This way you can pull your information off the the Dell hard drive, and then blow it away.
Keep in mind that new computers use a SATA drive, your old Dell '8200 has an IDE drive. Also keep in mind that your Dimension 8200 drivers won't work on the new computer.
You might be able to install your Dell drive as a slave if you have an open IDE channel available.
Good news is, your old Dell uses RAMBUS memory, which is worth a lot. It's a good parts computer, and most people who look for computer parts know of the bad capacitor issue on Intel made Dell motherboards from that era.
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It can be one of three culprits with this unit -- first, try running it without the front panel plugged into the motherboard (the one with the front USB ports) and set the BIOS to auto power-on. If it keeps running after about 2-3 hours, then it's a bad cable. If not, swap out the PSU. A Thermaltake TR2 430W from Frys or MicroCenter works perfectly. If that doesn't stop it, take a good hard look at the capacitors near your memory on the motherboard. If they are even slightly 'popped,' then the board / memory controller may very well be bad. Swap the motherboard.
Remove the power
cord from the back of the computer. Then open the side casing of the
tower and unplug the 24 pin block connector from the motherboard. The
24 pin block connector looks like this >>>>>
Once removed press the on/off button on the computer to dispel and residual power from the motherboard. Then
connect the block connector again and put the side panel back on and
then plug the power cord back in and try to boot the computer up.
If its still the same then the power supply inside the computer may need replacing.
The Yellow Light of Death, anyway turn on Your PC, as
it starts You will here some beeps especially on a Dells. Count the
beeps , there will be a slight pause so it will beep once then pause
then beep again. Count the beeps and that will be Your code. Go to Dell
Support site and look up code. Most of the time a Yellow amber light
means that there is trouble with Your Motherboard but thats not to say
its the Motherboard itself, it could have possibly burned out Your RAM, Processor, Heat
fan, even the power supply itself. So look up the code and at least
You'll have a better chance of finding the solution, Good Luck
Hi there. They probably had you clear the CMOS jumper or take the motherboard battery out. The CMOS jumper looks like this >>>>
It is the little piece of plastic next to the motherboard battery, if its there move the jumper to the other (on) position for 5 seconds. If there is not a jumper there take the motherboard battery out for an hour making sure the power cord is removed from the back of the machine. Please post back if you need anymore advice.
I had a similar problem with my dell dim 5150 and after 3 days of intense research i found the problem. you see mine would not start either and all i had was the green motherboard light on and the yellow light on the power button blinking repeatedly, until i came a cross a post that said to check the USB slots, and so i did, turns out that after a very close look i noticed that one of the pins inside the USB slot were bent upwards and making contact with the metal hense not allowing the pc to boot. i used my wifes eyebrow plucking tool to straighten out the pin and wallah the pc boots up flawlessly now. so take a really close look at those USB slots and make sure all the pins are straight and not touching anything or each other. Good luck
Well, either way it sounds like something in your motherboard or your system got fried. Either a surge occurred frying some if not all components (yes, voltage can still flow through them even when they're dead allowing things such as the LED on the motherboard to glow) within the computer, or your PSU blew out taking some components with it.
Due to what you're describing, I'm more inclined to believe your PSU blew out due to some form of an overload taking your motherboard (if not more components) with it. An overdraw of power on the PSU or just a cheaply constructed PSU will easily blow taking some of the components with it (essentially killing the components).
Sorry if this is not the solution you were after. However, everything you described matches with either a power surge or a blown PSU. Always sad when perfectly good electronics get fried. Let me know if I can help you with anything else.
You have 500mA on usb port. If you cause a short on usb connectors, this can damage the motherboard. Disconnect usb port on motherboard (work with power unplugged ), remove all ide and floppy cable,eventually remove and put back in place bios battery and Ram. Restart Motherboard only with 1 module Ram (bios battery back in place), CPU and Fan (ensure cpu and fan are well in place), do not plug anything else than switch on button. If it still does not work there is a good chance you blew the Motherboard.