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Dell Dimension 4100 eats hard drives

by jonseal / November 26, 2004 2:42 PM PST

I have a Dell dimension 4100 shich has destroyed 3 hard drives. All of a sudden you start to get an error message like it is trying to boot from drive a and there is no boot dist. So you go to set up and it seems to have forgotten the ide drives. So I set it up again and it might work and might not. After a few more rounds of this the disk will not reboot. Put the drive in another computer and it tells you the drive is bad. Thought it was the drive so I put in a new one. Same results after a couple of weeks. I checked the voltages from the power supply 5.9 and 11.9 which I think are in spec. Any ideas or similar experiences?

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5.9 Volts is out of spec.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 26, 2004 11:26 PM PST

If you look around, the usual number is 5%. The supply is too far on the high side. The only issue could be you are using the motherboard to measure this voltage, so you must use a Digital Volt Meter for a good reading.

But at 5.9 any decent voltmeter will show it's too far off.

I think you've found it.

In closing, such will work, but with the high overvoltage the parts subjected to such will likely run very hot and have a short lifespan.


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Re: Dell Dimension 4100 eats hard drives
by reefurbb / November 27, 2004 8:44 PM PST

A few times, I've run into a proprietary mobo with a partially bad chipset. One kept killing AMD K-6 processors, the other handled data badly and made bad sectors on the Hdd, one corrupted the boot sector. But Bob is more right about high voltage, which also may have partially fried the chipset. Warranty?

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Re: Dell Dimension 4100 eats hard drives
by wjdp2 / November 29, 2004 12:02 AM PST

I agree, my 4100L burnt up a mother board 6 weeks after I purchased it. The contract service vendor came right out to the house, and replaced the MB. However, 2 1/2 years later the HDD started making funny noises, and froze up more than once. I "retired" Michael Dell's money making machine, and built my own 1.2 Ghz AMD equipt processor, with an Intel chipset board! We're both very happy! 1 1/2 years later!! No more Dell anything!!!EVER!!!!!

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Dell Dimension 4100 Eats Hard Drives
by JohnEHarkins / June 22, 2009 1:12 PM PDT

I'm interested in learning more about how you built your new system; e.g., mobo you used, same/new power supply, other components.



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