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Before I ask my questions:
Happy birthday, narvi!

My Dell Dimension XPS D300, a Pentium II-300 system, served me well for three years before I upgraded its RAM from 128Mb to 258Mb and its HD from 8Gb to 40Gb, and gave it to my mom. Since then, I've maxed out the RAM at 512Mb. I've been having strange power issus, though:

  • 1. Plugging in more than one USB device is iffy. With a USB mouse and a conventional keyboard, it works all right, as it does with a PS/2 mouse and a USB keyboard; when both are plugged in, though, the optical mouse will sometimes dim and stop working. Unplugging it and plugging it back in seems to work, but sometimes this is only for a minute or two.

  • 2. The CD-R/RW and DVD-ROM drive will sometimes conk out. It will accept a CD and then stop spinning when I try to explore or even eject it.


Does this sound as if I need a new power supply? I have a 200W power supply in the Dell, and while I have never had a power supply-related malfunction, I am keeping an open mind. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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Banazir

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niennanir
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a power issue to me (hardware isn't my speciality though, so take it with a grain of salt) If it were USB only I would say check the hub and/or shorten the connecting cables. Believe it or not a USB powered device on a cable over 6 feet can easily lose power. Hubs additionally have a rap for going bad. It's possible because of the age of the machine that you could have a dying CD drive on your hands so I would check out the hub first and see if you can fix that problem.

You might also want to swap the surge protector. They can go bad too and will simulate the symptoms of a bad power supply.

I'll also mention that I once saw corrupt system software result in power issues... but only once, and it was the oddest thing I've ever seen since I left college.

hope that helps
Nienna
tvn
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC)
A new computer is a more effient solution
banazir
Jun. 5th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
I know
I'm going to give my mom my Celeron 2.8GHz PC as soon as I get my dual-core 64-bit (Athlon FX or Pentium 4 HT) system put together.

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Banazir
tvn
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: I know
AMD is releasing a quad score this summer as I've heard. I am happy with my Dell E1505 dual core, even though probably not fast enough for Vista :]
gondhir
Jun. 9th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
Power supplies are pretty cheap. We've got a 380W one for $22 that usually has a $7 mail in rebate on it. Obviously, it's not the BEST 380W out there, but I can't imagine it's worse than the one you have now.
banazir
Jul. 25th, 2006 08:41 am (UTC)
Cheap power supplies
Sounds good to me. You don't do mail-order, right?
If not, I'll look online for some reliable place to order one.

Thanks,
Banazir
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