Want safe way to piggy back a power supply for XPS 210
I've got an XPS 210, very quiet apart from noisy (optional) hdd fan, which is probably there because it's such a small case. Have purchased a 'silent' Nexus Frizzbee HDD fan but there is no spare power supply on this system (it's BTX SFF motherboard with SATA connectors). Is there any safe way to either buy an adaptor to piggy back on another power connector or to hack into one. I don't want to hack into the little four-cable/five pin Dell connector on the motherboard as supplied fan has four connectors and Nexus has simply two (12V continuous operation).
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Most laptop power supplies are made for a particular brand, so the best way to test is in another Dell laptop. The other way is using a voltimeter, first testing the power cord alone, and then testing the tiny connector.
It sounds like a fan problem, it could be one on the case, the motherboard or in the powersupply. fans are generally inexpensive, but if it is the power supply it will be a couple more bucks to fix. There could even just be a buildup of dust on them. Compressed air can usually clean them out. HDD can also cause noises in some cases but hopefully thats not your problem.
This can be a cooling problem. You should heck your fan is working properly and the air is circulating correctly in the case. This can also happen if you upgraded some components. Maybe the power of you power supply can be not sufficient for system use.
Your P.C. may need cleaning inside, Dust may of gathered in Fans, HeatSink, etc. When you connect things to your P.C. normally extra power is needed from help run the process. Hence why your P.C. gets more noisier and things get hotter needing the fans to cool them. Or your Power Supply Unit (PSU) replacing for more Watts.
It is possible that you picked up a faulty power supply, slim, but possible. Chances are pretty good that you have one of your components drawing too much current on your power supply. The largest power drain comes from your processor and the graphics accelerator cards, however it could be a faulted motherboard or hard drive. You can replace your power supply with a larger capacity unit from a known good manufacturer. If you increase the wattage capability and look with the side off to see if any component is generating a lot more heat than usual. A larger capacity power supply should be able to handle the unusual current draw.
The power supply may have gone south or there may be an overload on the motherboard, memory or one of the drives. Unplug one drive and restart, then another and another. Remove the memory and retry. If still nothing, try another supply. If still nothing, you may need professional help.
You can connect the splitter to any of the 4 connectors that power IDEs(Hard Disk, DVD ROM, CDROM etc.,). The splitter's sole purpose is to split one 12v supply into two 12V power supplies so that we can connect two devices instead of one. You can disconnect the power from DVD connect the splitter to it and then use one of the two 12v supplies from the splitter to connect to the DVD drive and the other to the HDD fan.