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How Do I Find Compatable Motherboard?


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#1 ftmom17

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 11:39 AM

Hello All!
I was given a "broken" 2 year old Dell Dimension 2300. The computer would power up and immediately shut off, I went through Dell support and they decided it was the motherboard, new mobo from Dell (3T237) is $120, I checked ebay and there were several reconditioned Dell 3T237 motherboards listed for sale - I won one and low and behold it doesn't work! The seller refunded my purchase price - but I am concerned about replacing the board with another Dell board. How do I find out which boards are "interchangeable" with each other - is there a "book" I could check like in the auto parts store when you look up what oil filter your car requires? :thumbsup: (good analogy?) Anyway any advice would be appreciated!!
Thanks!!
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:29 AM

Dell motherboards tend to have a weird mounting pin layout that most other motherboards won't line up with. So chances are you'll unfortunately need to get a new mobo from Dell.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 10:07 AM

What The Who has is right, the pin configuration of the Dell power supply connector is not the standard ATX. This means having to stay with a Dell board, but after doing some looking around you may be able to use other Dell boards, like the boards from the 2350 and 2400. You would have to check with Dell to be certain, but it could provide you with more options.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 01:57 PM

Thanks for your advice!! :thumbsup:




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