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dell dimension 8200 ,533FSB

by kendixon69 / May 17, 2009 9:27 AM PDT

is ther a place to find replacement parts for this dell model. i would like to replace the motherboard to the newer tech. i.e. SATA ,IDE CONTROLLORS MAYBE ONE WITH AGP AND E EXPRESS ECT.

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You'll Probably Need To Start From Scratch
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 17, 2009 9:45 AM PDT

Basically, Dell doesn't work that way..If you're going to replace the motherboard with a different type, as well as other items like graphics cards, etc., then you won't be able to use the Dell installed operating system and hardware.. Simply swapping in the old hard drive generally doesn't function. The factory installation will be looking for the "old" hardware drivers and thus won't function correctly.. In addition, if you try to wipe the current hard drive or install a different hard drive, then the Recovery discs won't install or validate correctly either..

So... if you're looking to replace the motherboard, I would look for all new parts or a new computer entirely.

Hope this helps.


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Like Grif said
by Jimmy Greystone / May 17, 2009 11:25 AM PDT

Like Grif said, you'd be better off getting a whole new system. I'm also not aware of any motherboards with both AGP and PCI-E, because PCI-E was essentially designed to replace AGP. You can find a few motherboards with maybe one IDE controller on them and SATA support, but your selection would be pretty slim.

And by the time you got this all ready to go, it wouldn't really be a Dell system anymore, and so you couldn't use the copy of Windows that came with the system.

Just save yourself a lot of time and effort, and buy a new system.

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Time marches on....
by Willy / May 17, 2009 2:21 PM PDT

I agree with the other posters. Effectively, you need to dump the 8200 and afresh with maybe a "barebones" system or put one together from scratch. Throw it together and say, you "build this". You can install all the goodies you want, but AGP is dead. You need: new case, mtrbd., decent PSU, and new type ram as required and the OS, can't re-use Dell OS. Large SATA HD, DVD drive and PCI-e or build-in video. There are good online vendors, so check them out.

good luck -----Willy Happy

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It's unanimous...
by VAPCMD / May 18, 2009 1:31 AM PDT

The Dell 8200 case design is not a generic standard design like AT, ATX, mATX. BTX, etc., making it difficult if not impossible to find a current technology motherboard to fit in that case. There is virtually nothing in that 8200 that you would want to carry forward to a new PC. If you had an ATX case, an up to date 24 pin PSU with SATA connectors and GPU connectors, and up to date drives ...HDDs and optical, etc., you could transfer those to a new PC.

Bottomline, since there's nothing from the old system to move forward ...the only practical course of action is buy a big box mfg PC or build your own from components.


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