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Motherboard blew up

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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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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!

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Unless you purchase a used PC will exact same chip set, you idea will not work as you think. The chipset is like the heart of the system. A new PC will have a newer chipset.

If you choose to go with an older motherboard, look for "Intel 850 or 850E" as the chipset. This is what a Dimension 8200 has.


If you choose a new PC, I would install the old harddrive as a 2ndary and copy any personal files over. Any programs will have to be reinstalled, as you cannot just copy them over and have them work.

Posted on May 15, 2008

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.

Posted on May 15, 2008

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