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#1 Harry83

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 02:04 AM

Okay I never thought I'd need so much computer help in my life but I'm going through an upgrade right now so please bear with me!

I just bought a new power supply for my Dell Dimension 8200 -- I didn't feel like ghetto rigging my system so I shelled out the extra bucks for a PC Power and Cooling Dell-2 410 W PSU. I went ahead and removed my old PSU and tried to install the new one. When I plugged my computer in and pressed the ON button, absolutely nothing happened.

This power supply is made specifically for Dell Dimensions, so I'm kind of annoyed that I'm having issues. I'm not sure what I've done wrong. I plugged it in exactly the way the previous power supply was hooked up. One thing I noticed though is that the manual tells you to plug the connectors in backwards from the way the old PSU was plugged into the motherboard. I thought it made more sense to plug it in the way the original was.... Also, the locks on the connectors force you to install it that way.

The only thing I can think of is maybe the drives aren't all hooked up properly? It was fairly difficult to get the connectors in...

Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 03:01 AM

Not to be insulting, but, is the power turned on to the PSU? I forgot that once, luckily I found it before I took the PSU back. Also, what about the cord? Inside the end that connects to the PSU the metal contacts are spring loaded, sort of, and if one is bad you get no power. Can you plug in the way they say too? I don't know what would happen if you did and turned it on, I'm just curious. :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 04:06 AM

Well I took out the new PSU and put my old one back in and I'm currently using the new power cord with my old PSU as we speak...so the problem is not the power cord. Also, my comp isn't screwed up because it's working fine with the old PSU.

Furthermore, there is no power switch on this particular PSU. The manual says the on-off function is controlled by the motherboard connector in pins 13 and 14.

http://www.pcpower.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S41D2

I'll probably just call PC Power and Cooling in the morning.
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 06:34 AM

Well I took out the new PSU and put my old one back in and I'm currently using the new power cord with my old PSU as we speak...so the problem is not the power cord. Also, my comp isn't screwed up because it's working fine with the old PSU.

Furthermore, there is no power switch on this particular PSU. The manual says the on-off function is controlled by the motherboard connector in pins 13 and 14.

http://www.pcpower.com/products/viewproduct.php?show=S41D2

I'll probably just call PC Power and Cooling in the morning.

Hey there, I experienced something similiar in the past before. First of all you need to make sure that the PSU is right for the CPU and the motherboard, so make sure that the motherboard has the same amount of connectors that the PSU supports, then make sure that you have the same amount of connectors for the PSU to the CPU's power (you'll only encounter a problem like this if you use dual-core really). If all of those things are fine then I'm stumped.

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 08:57 AM

FWIW - PC Power and Cooling makes the best PSU's that I've found. I'd suggest a call to them since it appears that you can't plug it in the way that they want you to. Could be a design change that their documentation has caught up with.
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 03:33 PM

Well guys I figured it out... It's ironic I didn't make this mistake when I hooked my old PSU back in...I tried the installation again and realized I had plugged the mini dongle, to the floppy, in backwards and this prevented my PSU from powering up!

LOL lesson learned -- no more upgrade attempts at 4am.
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