[mythtv-users] Track down unstable hardware?
jelte.veldstra at gmail.com
Thu Feb 12 19:56:25 UTC 2009
If it is a Dell PC, then it may still have a special partition with
diagnostic tools on it. It can be started by pressing F12 as the PC powers
on. Then you can select "Diagnostics". From there it will boot to that
partition (provided it is still there). You can also boot to that partition
If the partition isn't there anymore then you could see if Dell.com has a
tool on their website to restore this partition.
Some of the more recent Dell PCs are shipped with standard ATX power
supplies. I know the Optiplex GX620 comes with a standard power supply. Only
it's cable lengths are not standard (short!).
On Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 6:41 PM, Steven Adeff <adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com>wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 12:27 PM, Yan Seiner <yan at seiner.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, February 12, 2009 9:17 am, John Drescher wrote:
> >>> if you have another computer you could borrow the PSU to test to make
> >>> sure that is the issue then just buy a new case and PSU so you don't
> >>> have to buy all new hardware. Of course, when you can buy a modern
> >>> motherboard, cpu and ram for <$200 then yes, it may be time to move on
> >>> =P
> >> WARNING. Some Dell power supplies have the same atx connector but are
> >> non standard.
> > Well, then the magic smoke will get out and the OP will have reason to
> > replace the hardware.
> > It's all part of the plan.
> > :-)
> > --Yan
> haha, may be worth it just to get rid of the proprietary Dell hardware too!
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