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#1 Wolfskin75

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:02 PM

I undertook a project as of late. My friend has a computer that I got for free. It's a dell mini-tower pc with a good skeleton... but the part have been very abused. ( part of a workstation re-location program i do believe. ) No problem< i thought just let's replace them all. ( thus my project. ) First question. on the dvd burner... can i install a normal size dvd burner into it? or do I have to find a special type. ... i know I could take it out and see... but I am trying to avoid that. So.. does anyone already know that answer? :thumbsup: :flowers: :trumpet:

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:11 PM

Unless something has changed, you can take the dvd drive out of a full tower and put it in a mini tower. I have a mini tower.

You should have no problems putting a dvd drive in there, regardless of the computer it came from. Even a laptop dvd drive will fit and work( you will have spaces all around though).

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:38 PM

Awsome... much thanks... and super cool av.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 08:16 PM

Please be aware that Dell uses a lot of proprietary parts - so not all computer advice will apply to them. General swapping of removable components should be easy.

I mention this because I tried to upgrade the memory on a Dell a couple of days ago and found that it had 256 mB of ECC memory in it!
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Posted 17 November 2006 - 12:09 PM

usasma mentioned that Dell is proprietary in nature, this is especially true of their PSUs. Even if you could find an off the shelf PSU that will physically fit in there the pin configuration is a non-ATX configuration.

usasma, what's with your RAM being ECC, that's typically found in servers and is considered too slow for PCs.

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 07:52 PM

I just bought a PSU from PC Power and Cooling (an excellent brand). They also manufacture a power supply for Dell's (their products are a bit pricey).

The Dell was one that we took in for repair (to upgrade the memory). And we discovered it when we added 512 mB of non-ECC RAM - and the BIOS told us that we couldn't mix it! Not only is ECC too slow, but it's also more expensive!

I can't be sure that this was OEM from Dell - but the owner stated that no one had messed with the insides of the PC since he bought it.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 09:17 AM

:thumbsup: I think ... your are right... I am going to have to take it out and show the guy ... it is super slim and it makes alll kinds of crzy noise.... ( can't have that... can we....????)


I found last night that it's 168 pin ram. and the system will only hold a gig of it. :flowers: which i am sure will get me this kind of reaction when you read this...

:trumpet:

also ran into another problem. see post "thing one and thing 2 "

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 11:07 AM

Don't worry about the RAM - although it does date the system (says it's fairly old). 1 gB would be plenty even so.

What's with the noise? Could it be a fan that's scraping on something? Open up the case and CAREFULLY plug it back in. DON'T TOUCH anything inside!!!

Have a listen to see if you can locate where the noise is coming from.

Also, the smaller PC's can easily get overheating problems if they're not carefully constructed. Make sure that all the airflow channels are clear and unobstructed.
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