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#1 LOVEMYPC

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 03:59 PM

HI,I was wondering if those latching sata cables can be used on any sata port,thanks



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 05:29 PM

Yes.  Assumes clearance available beween ports.

 

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I do not like using the latching end on the mobo.  Challenging to release, I have used needle nose for this.  I found some with latches on one end only and prefer those.

 

Straight - straight

Straight - 90 right

Straight - 90 left


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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:30 PM

HI,Ant.Man,I will check to make sure if i can get latch on just one end.

Right now i have DELL E 521 that i am using as a door stop and looking around on the internet it will not take much more money to just buy a newer PC.

I was talking a person about my DELL and suggested replacing the MOBO with another that will fit into my case and not have to buy a case a lot of the upgrades

that i put in the DELL will transfer over.



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:40 PM

Please provide Dell Service Tag for the E521.

 

I picked up one of those last year ($0 on CraigsList).  My wife uses it for streaming video*.

 

Replacing motherboards in Dell PCs is not always a best choice.  I will learn from your service tag what the exact options are.

 

 

*edit:  My bad.  Hers is an Inspiron 531.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:33 AM

HI,AntMan,here's my service tag # JV97MC1.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 07:54 AM

Dimension E521 Service Manual Direct link to PDF

Athlon 64 3200+

DDR2 PC2-5300

BTX form factor with proprietary case (I/O port assembly)

 

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That is a nice doorstop.  Not an ideal candidate for motherboard replacement.  The best board that fully supports the case is from the E520, an Intel board, requiring a CPU replacement as well.  Core2Duo supported. 

 

Dimension E520 Service Manual Direct link to PDF

Boards available at < $50

Example supported CPU C2D E6600

More research required to define complete list, BIOS dependent.

Reasonable price range, $12 to $25, should be available locally.

 

I would not replace the AMD board.  The Intel board is the better solution.

 

It is possible to complete the stated goal for a cost of ~$50.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:09 AM

This challenge was not resolved.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/524950/flashing-bios-in-a-dell-pc/#entry3293635

 

Your reports do not include a description of the correct BIOS reset procedure.

  1. Disconnect power supply cord or switch off power supply
  2. Remove CMOS battery
  3. Move or cap RTCRST jumper.  Wait a few seconds or depress power switch on front panel. 
  4. Return jumper to default position
  5. Reseat CMOS battery

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Please report status.

 

Please identify SSD make & model.

 

Yes.  A POST card is a wise investment.  It does not matter how dusty it gets between uses.

The right tool for the job wins every time.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:36 AM

HI,Ant.Man,I bought a new battery and did the reset,started up PC and no change,there are 4 lights on front of PC 3 out of 4 are lit the fourth one does not come on

the manual says if the last one does not come on there is a fault somewhere.

The only reason i am pursuing the problems i am having is for the knowledge on how to pursue PC problems,kinda hate giving up on the old girl,but may be it is time to put her out to pasture.

This is whats inside of PC 4GB'S RAM,3.0 CPU,GT610 GPU,500WATT PSU.

The BIOS version is 1.1.14 by phoneix.

The SSD is a SSDH HYBRID by SEAGATE with a 1TB HDD,also legal copy of WIN 7 builders edition



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:12 PM

the manual says if the last one does not come on there is a fault somewhere.

This is what makes a POST card useful.  It might present a specific error code, further isolating the fault.

 

If you have no objection, I would prefer to address the problem with the e521 in this thread.  I will ignore everything posted in the original thread.

 

Please confirm:

Did you attempt to flash BIOS?

 

Please do this:

Disconnect EVERY drive connector from the motherboard. 

Please note that I mean EVERY drive connector should be physically disconnected from the motherboard.

Disconnect any front panel flash card/audio/USB port assembly from the motherboard.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:37 PM

Now, reconnect every drive.  Ensure the preferred C: drive is connected to the first SATA port.  Possibly labeled SATA1 (although service manual uses the more correct reference of SATA0).  Use the SATA port labeled SATA0 if it is so labeled.

 

It is not important at this time - your choice - connect the front panel flash card/audio/USB port assembly.

 

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:40 PM

Power on.

Enter BIOS by pressing F2.

 

Review drive assignments.

 

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:45 PM

Once you confirm that all drive assignments are correct, save settings and power off.

 

Power on.

 

Report status of the four diagnostic lights.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:57 PM

Your motherboard has a system speaker onboard.  The purpose of this speaker is for reporting POST beep codes.

 

Please confirm:

Do you hear any beeps?

If yes, describe the pattern, including any pauses.

 

If no, if there is NO beep - you may be looking at a dead motherboard.  Some dead motherboards can be resurrected.

 

To investigate this possibility, it is CRITICAL that you confirm:

 

Correct BIOS reset procedure

  1. Disconnect power supply cord or switch off power supply
  2. Remove CMOS battery
  3. Move or cap RTCRST jumper.  Wait a few seconds or depress power switch on front panel. 
  4. Return jumper to default position
  5. Reseat CMOS battery
  6. Power on

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Did you hear a beep?

What was presented on screen?


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 12:59 PM

As to flashing BIOS i have not done that as most forums say it may not end well,plus i do not know how to do it DELL has a site i can go to,but i ave read it is better to go MOBO manufacture which is PHONEIX,working on cables right now.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 01:25 PM

I have done the BIOS reset procedure also bought new battery last nite and there is no beeping sound at all.

When i started PC back up i get 3 lights and for a few seconds i see what looks like a cylinder blinking but no 4th lite

The only thing that shows on the screen is the make of the MOBO.






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