Dell Studio XPS 8100 Died


I have a Dell Studio XPS 8100 from late 09, died on me this morning, not quite sure why. Of course its out of warranty.

Running windows 7, GTS 240, 8 Gigs of ram Quad i7, everything stock.

I was thinking the power supply unit died because it wouldn't turn on at all. So I replaced it with this guy

It now powers on, but hangs on windows load.

Restarted to boot from windows 7 CD to try to repair disk, but it hangs when the cd loads.

I'm thinking it could be the new power supply unit. My GTX 240 needs one 6 pin pci-e connecter which my new PSU has, but for some reason only 5 out of the 6 pins on the pci-e power cable have have metal connectors which is odd. I looked and only 5 wires are connected to the 6 pin connector, where as the stock Dell psu has all 6 pins.

I tried resetting the Ram, and the battery, maybe a dead battery?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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  1. Well the Rosewill PSU can only generate ~21A on the combined 12v rails. Not sure this is enough for your build, but I think you have a software issue at this point.

    * Can you install the HD onto a different PC? if so, install it and format it from the other PC.

    * Rosewill PSU's aren't that good (usually), but I think it might be working for your build at this point.
  2. Thanks for the advice, will try to install the HD onto another PC and see if I can format from there.
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