posted on Aug, 1 2012 @ 02:03 PM
reply to post by MoosKept240
I usually recommend SmartDefrag from IOBit. There's a defrag that comes with Advanced System Care--also from IOBit--but I'm pretty sure it's just a
kindergarten version. Go to download.cnet.com and search for defrag, and then in the lefthand pane, under "Narrow Your Results," check the "Free" box.
SmartDefrag should be right at the top of the list.
PhoenixOD's post is the first I've ever heard of vacuuming causing static buildup too. I do that a lot, so I guess I'd better find a different
A lot of people have recommended a new power supply. Apparently there are different schools of thought on this. For example, the following is from the
gaming board overclockers.com
One guy says this:
I don't think anything ages significantly in a PSU, except the fans and electrolytic capacitors. When the caps go bad, the ripple voltage goes up,
and the DC voltage drops, but the PSU electronics can compensate for the latter, up to a point.
All PSUs are supposed to contain protection against overcurrent, overpower, overvoltage, and undervoltage, but, because of poor design, the first two
protections don't always work. Some PSUs also have overtemperature protection, but most probably don't. In the case of my Ultra V-Series, Ultra said
that it had no temperature sensor for protection, but at about 55C the circuitry would inherently cut back on output.
And then another guy says this:
Power supplies are machines. They break down over time. Depending on the quality of its capacitors, mosfets, etc. ultimately determines how long
of a life you'll get out of the PSU.
For example, I was working my little brother's computer, he had a virus so I just went ahead an reinstalled windows, but before I did I checked out
the components just to see if they are still in working order, such as no swollen capacitors, no bad sectors in the HDD, etc.
I bought my brother's PC case over 2 years ago and it came with a PSU (which in itself is a good quality OEM PSU). I opened it up and found it had
swollen capacitors, even though the PC behaved normally. Of course, I went ahead and put in another PSU I had lying around just so that it doesn't
cause problems. Basically, that PSU lasted approximately 2 years, which for an OEM PSU is pretty good. Most of them do not make it to 1 year of
In my experience with computers as a technician. I've came across PSUs that cause artifacts on the screen, BSOD, HDD clicking, almost
ANY problem that can be caused by bad video card, or RAM, etc. can also be caused by a faulty PSU.
So when you are experience problems, you should consider the PSU as the culprit, but the only way to tell is if the problem recreates itself with
Other determining factors of a bad PSU are:
-internal PSU fan stops moving
-randomly turns on by itself
So i'm going to capitulate: If you can, buy a new power supply. The one you have is probably as old as the computer anyway.
There are also some saying that Dell uses proprietary power supplies. They did, in fact, use a proprietary wiring/color-coding system (the wires were
ordered differently and colored differently) on some PSUs, in the PIIs and PIIIs, that I know of. I thought they ended that practice with the P4s; but
I may be wrong. In any case, here's Dell's $29 OEM power supply
specifically for your machine:
Dell Part# 2N333
By the way, here are the Technical Specifications
. They say you can
have up to 2GB of PC800 or 1.5GB of PC1066 RAM. If you decide to upgrade to a full 2GB, you need to pull the RAM from the sockets and find out how
much you have of what; you could have as little as 1GB and still have 4 full slots. (The BIOS should also tell you what banks are occupied, and how
much RAM in each. But it probably won't tell you what type.)
I'm tired of typing now. I got your U2U, so if there are any other details you need to discuss I'll meet you there....
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