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...Yes, Dell made great PCs. They had their many blunders (their award support going away in the early 2000s being a big one), but they were always one of my favorites. I stopped paying them much attention around 2007, so I can't say for these days.

Ditto on the great PCs. They weren't without their quirks though. My Dimension 8100 was purchased during the transition from Windows Millennium to XP, not to mention the bugs and performance issues that already existed with the then new P4 systems. I was on the phone with tech support about once a week for at least a couple months. At first, tech support seemed U.S. based; but a few weeks later I always got an overseas representative. Most frustrating was that most calls ended with the Tech telling me I needed to reformat and reinstall. mad.gif Eventually all the bugs got worked out of the drivers and software, and I'd given up on the tech support because it was rarely helpful anyway.

What I found out a few years after purchase was that (whether for stability or unit cost) Dell had proprietary designs. (As far as I know) Most store bought PC's today use generic parts, and you can usually find replacement or upgrade parts anywhere. When I wanted to upgrade my power supply from the 320W Dell unit, I had to make a custom wire harness to turn the new PSU's 24 pin motherboard connector into a 24 pin and 16 pin. Even Dell's 24 pin motherboard connector had a different wire order than usual.
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The proprietary PSU and motherboard connection Dell had going pretty much ended at the end of the Pentium III days and beginning of the Pentium 4 days. The Dimension 4100 (I own one) was one of the last models to do it. The Dimension 4300 and later was standard in this regard (my parents had one). The Dimension 4300 was a mid-range option though, and the Dimension 8x00 was the high range which I believe came a little earlier, so there's a chance that your Dimension 8100 was also one of the last models to use the proprietary setup too, but it basically ended around that time so far as I know, and I thought the new case style of the Dimension 8x00s and 4300 and later went standard, as what they did in those then-new style cases was make the motherboard and case connection proprietary in place of it. There is a chance your Dimension 8100 was non-standard if you say so, but I know the Dimension 4300 and later, and the OptiPlexs after then as well, all went standard, and I never heard of them going back to the idea.

I never heard of the 24-pin connector on later models going back to the proprietary deal either, but I could be wrong.
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First used was a 386.

First built with my father was a pentium 3 733MHz.
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Some "Tiny" beige box thing. No idea of the specs i was like 8 when I had it. The name was so ironic considering the monitor alone would take up the whole desk. Struggled on some flash games lol.
    
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First one I used? 486, intergrated video, 1.2gb HDD. First that was mine? Athlon X2 and a 9500GT.
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I think mine was an IBM PS/2 not sure if it was a ps2 but def an IBM.

I used to be on that thing all day when I was a little kid using Q-modem. Back then you were only allowed to stay on the connection for an hour or so a week or 10 mins at a time. It would take like 30 mins to finally get through because it was ALWAYS busy but the good thing there was several different modems you could dial up in my area.

Loved me some MUDs smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Princess Garnet View Post

The proprietary PSU and motherboard connection Dell had going pretty much ended at the end of the Pentium III days and beginning of the Pentium 4 days. The Dimension 4100 (I own one) was one of the last models to do it. The Dimension 4300 and later was standard in this regard (my parents had one). The Dimension 4300 was a mid-range option though, and the Dimension 8x00 was the high range which I believe came a little earlier, so there's a chance that your Dimension 8100 was also one of the last models to use the proprietary setup too, but it basically ended around that time so far as I know, and I thought the new case style of the Dimension 8x00s and 4300 and later went standard, as what they did in those then-new style cases was make the motherboard and case connection proprietary in place of it. There is a chance your Dimension 8100 was non-standard if you say so, but I know the Dimension 4300 and later, and the OptiPlexs after then as well, all went standard, and I never heard of them going back to the idea.
I never heard of the 24-pin connector on later models going back to the proprietary deal either, but I could be wrong.

I wasn't going to respond because I don't want to seem like a jerk, but then I thought it could help someone wanting to upgrade an old Dell. In specific response to the quote, check out http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/SYSTEMS/dsleest/techovu.htm and scroll down to the plug pinouts. P1 and P2 are the motherboard connectors. thumb.gif
For anyone who wants to upgrade an old Dell system but doesn't know where to start:
Before you ask what part will work (or buy a part) check out Dell's support site. They will list all the specs, maximum supported hardware (like 2GB ram max), and probably even have BIOS and driver files for your system model.
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Hey, well, like I said, I could be wrong, so correct me if I am. I wonder if there's a chance the other Dimension 8x00s were like this, as I have little know of them, but for sure I knew the Dimension 4100 was said to be "one of the last", and starting with the Dimension 4300 and later, it went standard.
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Technically our families first PC was Commodore 64, with dual 5.25" disk drives. Our first Windows based PC was a 33Mhx Pentium I, 32MB RAM, 2MB onboard video card, and Win 98.
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