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03-02-2003, 09:23 AM
I have a Pentium Pro computer, a prosignia pro 200x, if I remember correctly (I'm at work, so can't quite check right now) of an unknown year. all the motherboard ships are marked 1995, it's got a pentium pro, and I beleive a 440x intel chipset. the power supply isnt' pumping out any power, and hence the computer isn't working so well...:rolleyes: anyways, I need to know if the power supply is a dell proprietary design...I know they decided to use them from 1998 and on, but I don't know what year this is from. all I know is that I did a search on Google for the model number and in some post, some guy mentioned having that model number that was a Dell supply. Hardly sound footing, but it's enough to make me doubt. anyone know if there's a way to check if it's Dell or not without being able to power it on to check the voltages being put out? I have it's model number and serial number, but they're at home, I could post them later if it would help.
03-02-2003, 10:07 AM
a prosigna is a compaq so unless them and Dell have something going I would say no it's not a dell PSU
yes post the info when you can...
03-02-2003, 10:42 AM
I mis-remembered it, my apologies. it's not a prosignia, but I can't remember what it actually is...I'll re-post later on when I get home and can check it...it IS a dell though, that I know. my friend, Saphalline and I were trying to figure out what we need to do to fix it up and neither of us knew. anyways, I'll post later on when I have the model number of the computer and the model number of the PSU. thanks.
03-02-2003, 10:49 AM
it's a Dimension XPS pro200n. the web page for dells specs on it is here: http://docs.us.dell.com/docs/dta/XPSP200n/00000001.htm this is indeed my system. any hints on the power supply?
it's the 200 Mhz version, so far as we're able to tell. not being able to boot it up kind of puts us at a loss for how fast it actually is. but it's got the 440x chipset, and I'm not sure how much memory...I jsut wish my grandparents were able to remember when they bought it.
03-02-2003, 10:49 AM
it IS a dell though
well then if it is a dell then it has a dell Psu
open the system there is usually a sticker there somewhere that says when it was made unless you have removed it..Note most likely you will have to use a dell psu for replacement
03-02-2003, 10:52 AM
the only question I have about it is that it may have been made before they made the Dell PSU. I don't see the sticker there should be-my grandparents may have removed it, or I may not have looked hard enough. but all the chips and stuff say 1995, but Dell didnt' use the Dell PSU till 98. that's why I'm curious if there's some way to tell other than turning it on and testing the voltage.
03-02-2003, 11:03 AM
you'll have to pull the psu out and look for some info post the info when you can. becouse we can't take guesses it doen't work that way:D
they could have put just about anything in there?
Fruss Tray Ted
03-02-2003, 11:51 AM
... and before we tell you which pins or wires to connect to manually turn it on, do you have access to a voltmeter?
I have an AT mobo that I needed to manually run it to boot the pc due to a small circuit problem on the motherboard. Now it works but if ever something goes wrong, there's no way for the PSU to be shut down by the mobo so there might be fireworks!!! :eek:
Sniff sniff, what's that smell? (Lynyrd Skynyrd) :D
Is it working at all? Have you put too many peripherals in it for the size of the PSU? Or is it nonfuncional at this point?
Please define "hence the computer isn't working so well...:rolleyes: ".
03-02-2003, 12:07 PM
nope, it's an ATX plug in, the only two options are standard ATX and non-standard ATX. the PSU is not putting out any power at all-I think one of the capacitors is blown...I was going for understatement of the year when I mentioned that it wasn't working so well-no power=computer not working. I have an ATX standard Spare, but I was reading that Scott somebody's upgrading and repairing PCs book, and he goes into detail about the Dell proprietary ATX design. there's more info on it here, in case you're interested-http://www.upgradingandrepairingpcs.com/articles/upgrade3_01_01.asp
I'll get the model info to you guys when I get home. I have both model number and serial number. Guessing would not be good-as a fried mobo, processor, and/or PSU could result. grr...
thanks for your info, I'll update when I get more info to update with.
03-02-2003, 07:38 PM
I found a replacement on Ebay, guess I'll see if it works. the model number of the original (and the replacement, which is why I bought on Ebay) is PS-5201-1D. apparently this same model number was used in the Dell Dimension PII 300 tower machine and some older optiplex's and apparently the Dell Dimension XPS Pro200n. the question of whether it is a proprietary design is now no longer as vital, but I'm still really curious what the ways of telling are. does anyone know if the cable colors for ATX standard PSU's changed in the last 5 years or so? if not then it's a simple matter of the cable colors. if so then perhaps the old ones were differnt. oh well. either way, with a replacement PSU on the way, I'll be able to test out the system and see if anything else needs work. hopefully the Processor and Mobo are still in working condition...otherwise it's 18 dollars wasted on a non-standard PSU. thanks for all your help!
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