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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_XP..._Alienware_A10

    Modding the BIOS... hmmmm... haven't done it and I am thinking it might be too risky. But I've learned to take advantage of 4gb sticks, I will probably need to mod it if I want to fully use the 12gb of ram. There is some upgrades that I may plan to do soon.

    My tower is an XPS 730X, and the max tRFC is at 100 (to take advantage of the 4gb sticks, I need a higher tRFC.)

    Been trying to find specific modding questions coming from Wiki (other sites in question about the modding) Can't seem to find any information on it besides the one supplied by wiki. Certain BIOS for the Alienware desktop uses the same chipset as the XPS that I have (x58.)

    Alongside the two Desktops I am looking at, one stands out to be the most similar, and the most recent BIOS is the A11.

    Dell, sadly, hasn't done any BIOS setting update to allow for the added upgrade for better ram for this old XPS (Not since 2009....) But, I believe, they have done so for the Alienware counterparts (recent update April of this year ,) which is why I am thinking maybe?

    Any info that I may have overlook would really help.

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    Rail Tracer, I've got a Dell XPS 600 that I ordered in Oct. 2005. It's not as "potent" as the XPS 730x but the graphics were excellent and I was more than satisfied with it's performance , while it worked. Around June 2006 , the power company was working on my transformer in my front yard and the super cheap surge strip didn't stand up to the surge when they turned the power back on and it took out my internal dial-up modem. After that it just never ran quite right and the boot up was always slower than before it took the surge that day the power company was working on my transformer.

    I've still got it but it's in my storage unit. Somewhere around the end of 2006 it just wouldn't boot up at all,nothing but a blank screen. I'm not computer savvy with hardware and it's so old now I'm wondering where I could take it to find out exactly what's wrong with it. It's nothing more than a 42 lb. paperweight now.

    I probably wouldn't even use it now as my primary PC because of it's power consumption, it pulls a whopping 650 watts of juice.

    I still wouldn't mind getting it up and running to have as a spare backup if it can even be repaired and depending on how much it would cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werewolfen View Post
    Rail Tracer, I've got a Dell XPS 600 that I ordered in Oct. 2005. It's not as "potent" as the XPS 730x but the graphics were excellent and I was more than satisfied with it's performance , while it worked. Around June 2006 , the power company was working on my transformer in my front yard and the super cheap surge strip didn't stand up to the surge when they turned the power back on and it took out my internal dial-up modem. After that it just never ran quite right and the boot up was always slower than before it took the surge that day the power company was working on my transformer.

    I've still got it but it's in my storage unit. Somewhere around the end of 2006 it just wouldn't boot up at all,nothing but a blank screen. I'm not computer savvy with hardware and it's so old now I'm wondering where I could take it to find out exactly what's wrong with it. It's nothing more than a 42 lb. paperweight now.

    I probably wouldn't even use it now as my primary PC because of it's power consumption, it pulls a whopping 650 watts of juice.

    I still wouldn't mind getting it up and running to have as a spare backup if it can even be repaired and depending on how much it would cost.
    I'm betting it fragged the power supply. Probably popped a capacitor enough for it to leak and slowly degrade but not enough that it immediately quit working. Other stuff probably got damaged if you still ran it that way and it eventually quit working. Edit: Some times motherboard capacitors pop, too. There was a time when some companies were using inferior caps that would pop.

    You could probably strip it out and stuff a motherboard combo kit and power supply in there. I did that on mine myself for less than $150 when the heat sink bracket popped off the original and it fried.

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    Most likely the power supply was partly fried. If you have another computer with a good power supply that you can test on, try that. If it starts up just fine on a different power supply, than it is the power supplies fault.

    If it still causes the same blank screen, there may be other problems when it comes to the hardware inside. Possibly the RAM, the graphics card (yes, one time... the cables for an old computer I had connected to the graphics card fried and wouldn't work without replacing the graphics card and the cable,) or the motherboard itself.

    This site might be useful for diagnosing what could be the problem (hoping there isn't too much jargon in their to confuse you: ) http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/30...e-blank-screen

    Anyhow, my BIOS upgrade modding was a success. I now have a modded Alienware BIOS for my XPS 730X.

    EDIT: As @sprinkles said

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    ^ Thanks, I'm going to look into it. I've got nothing to lose opening it up and taking it apart since it serves me no use as it is. It cost $3,019 back when I ordered it and I'd love to resurrect it if I can. I'm not sure what needs to be replaced but $150 is worth it if it can bring it back to life.

    I'd like to know the best site for PC hardware, TigerDirect ? Newegg ? or some other site ? Where's the cheapest place for PC hardware ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werewolfen View Post
    ^ Thanks, I'm going to look into it. I've got nothing to lose opening it up and taking it apart since it serves me no use as it is. It cost $3,019 back when I ordered it and I'd love to resurrect it if I can. I'm not sure what needs to be replaced but $150 is worth it if it can bring it back to life.

    I'd like to know the best site for PC hardware, TigerDirect ? Newegg ? or some other site ? Where's the cheapest place for PC hardware ?
    I've gotten stuff from TigerDirect and NewEgg, I think either is pretty good. For resurrecting a machine that cost $3k you could probably get an even better kit for 1/10th that cost from either of those sites. Might as well upgrade, IMO. You can do a pretty good overhaul for $300 that will be better than what used to cost $3,000

    It of course won't be equivalent to a new computer that costs that much. You could test all the parts too, but it's so cheap to get better parts that it's kind of an exercise in time or money.

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    I've looked at the bare bones computer kits on TigerDirect and I see how a lot of money can be saved building your own versus paying out the ass at Best Buy,ect. for one that's already put together and installed with all of the software. I think I can figure out how to connect all of the hardware pieces but installing the operating system will probably be the hardest thing for me going the bare bones kit route.

    I like this kit here>

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...28843&csid=_61

    1 TB is a good size hard drive and more than I'll ever need.

    I've never been into playing any type of video games so I don't have any need for a super fast mega computer. I wasted a nice chunk of change when I ordered my Dell in 2005.

    I think I can figure out how to connect all of the hard ware in these bare bones kits. Getting an operating system figured out and running will be the headache for me.

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    @Werewolfen

    Hardware is easier to hook up than it used to be. The most confusing part is probably still hooking up the case buttons and accessories properly, you kind of have to pay attention to the schematic closely. But other than that the plugs are pretty obvious where they fit to.

    Just handle everything carefully and gently and don't shock anything with static discharge and you should be good.

    They usually come with a driver disc and instructions for installing the drivers to get the included hardware up and running, which is pretty straightforward.

    Edit: Also for the processor you'll want thermal paste if it isn't included in the kit. With the Phenom II you can put just a small dab of thermal paste, about the size of a rice grain (I ended up with slightly more than that) exactly in the center of the processor, then mount the heat sink.

    Slightly tricky doing the processor mount - you want to get the heat sink square and level and mount it in one go if you can and it will spread the paste itself when you lock it down. Try to get it right in one shot because it isn't ideal to redo it.

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    I took computer classes in 2003 for 2 quarters , but it was all theory to me with lectures and text book tests. I dropped it after finding out there would be very little practical hands-on learning.

    I have this book somewhere in storage by this author but it's the 2003 edition>

    http://www.amazon.com/CompTIA-Certif.../dp/0071702989

    If I can find it, there might be something in it that can help me put together a bare bones computer kit ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werewolfen View Post
    I took computer classes in 2003 for 2 quarters , but it was all theory to me with lectures and text book tests. I dropped it after finding out there would be very little practical hands-on learning.

    I have this book somewhere in storage by this author but it's the 2003 edition>

    http://www.amazon.com/CompTIA-Certif.../dp/0071702989

    If I can find it, there might be something in it that can help me put together a bare bones computer kit ???
    Probably not.

    It's pretty straightforward. My dad put his own together without being super computer savvy. The computer and included discs do pretty much all the hard stuff on their own.

    Just get a clear space with good light where you can organize things and work without interruptions. From there it's pretty much 'put stuff where it goes and don't break it'.

    The hard drive and stuff should plug and play on their own and it should be as simple as 'put disc in, follow instructions' for the OS. Once the base OS is installed it should be running with plug and play drivers with basic video and all that. You can then put in the driver disc and install the full drivers. Once that's complete you can restart and check everything out, and optionally update to current versions of drivers if you want and start putting your software on there.

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