Time for a new desktop - Thoughts

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

My Gateway died - may it RIP.
I was able to salvage the data to an external.
Price is a strong consideration here.
Do I take advantage of a great deal on an older system:
DellSB - Dimension 4600 with 2.8Ghz P4, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 80GB HD, CD-RW,
128MB GF FX5200, and 2 year Warranty for $449 after Rebate with FREE
Shipping!

Or spend a few more shekels and go for the new (untested):

DimensionTM 8400
NEW! Ultimate Performance
The desktop for businesses seeking top performance
All the technology of the 8300 and more - including PCIe graphics and DDR2
memory
Powered by Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology
From $899
Now from
$764

I would want to add (on my own) a dvd burner and a 2nd hard drive for back
up.

The new system will be used primarily for Office programs, surfin and some
games.
No hard core stuff.
I would probably stick with the 512 meg ram.

Any thoughts or input?


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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Al wrote:
    > My Gateway died - may it RIP.
    > I was able to salvage the data to an external.
    > Price is a strong consideration here.
    > Do I take advantage of a great deal on an older system:
    > DellSB - Dimension 4600 with 2.8Ghz P4, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 80GB HD,
    > CD-RW, 128MB GF FX5200, and 2 year Warranty for $449 after Rebate
    > with FREE Shipping!
    >
    > Or spend a few more shekels and go for the new (untested):
    >
    > DimensionTM 8400
    > NEW! Ultimate Performance
    > The desktop for businesses seeking top performance
    > All the technology of the 8300 and more - including PCIe graphics and
    > DDR2 memory
    > Powered by Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology
    > From $899
    > Now from
    > $764
    >
    > I would want to add (on my own) a dvd burner and a 2nd hard drive for
    > back up.
    >
    > The new system will be used primarily for Office programs, surfin and
    > some games.
    > No hard core stuff.
    > I would probably stick with the 512 meg ram.
    >
    > Any thoughts or input?

    When you use the term "games" in the same specs as "PCI Express
    graphics", then IMO you need to focus on more video adapter than the
    typical business computer offers, or be prepared to purchase a video
    card aftermarket. Gaming is hard core stuff with the newest releases.
    No one ever complains about purchasing too much video capability.

    Q
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Al" <vinoalDELETE@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:sapSc.84691$vN3.35310@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
    > My Gateway died - may it RIP.
    > I was able to salvage the data to an external.
    > Price is a strong consideration here.
    > Do I take advantage of a great deal on an older system:
    > DellSB - Dimension 4600 with 2.8Ghz P4, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 80GB HD, CD-RW,
    > 128MB GF FX5200, and 2 year Warranty for $449 after Rebate with FREE
    > Shipping!
    >
    > Or spend a few more shekels and go for the new (untested):
    >
    > DimensionTM 8400
    > NEW! Ultimate Performance
    > The desktop for businesses seeking top performance
    > All the technology of the 8300 and more - including PCIe graphics and DDR2
    > memory
    > Powered by Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology
    > From $899
    > Now from
    > $764
    >
    > I would want to add (on my own) a dvd burner and a 2nd hard drive for back
    > up.
    >
    > The new system will be used primarily for Office programs, surfin and some
    > games.
    > No hard core stuff.
    > I would probably stick with the 512 meg ram.
    >
    > Any thoughts or input?


    Games is the key. What games. If they're simple non system demanding games
    then the 4600 should be more then enough. If you think you may want to
    seriously play Doom3 and the like then you need to weight the cost of the
    8400.

    As a bench mark: I have a 4550 P2.4 w/ 1G ram and the GF4 MX420. I run
    business apps, development tools, WinTV, and do web browsing etc. My system
    runs fine for my needs.

    I have played some games but to be honest nothing really serious.

    --

    Rob
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    The 8400 will accept SATA (4) hard drives only as both IDE (2) will be used
    by optical drives. I have the 8400. However, the 4600 will meet your needs
    nicely.

    "Al" <vinoalDELETE@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:sapSc.84691$vN3.35310@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
    > My Gateway died - may it RIP.
    > I was able to salvage the data to an external.
    > Price is a strong consideration here.
    > Do I take advantage of a great deal on an older system:
    > DellSB - Dimension 4600 with 2.8Ghz P4, 512MB DDR SDRAM, 80GB HD, CD-RW,
    > 128MB GF FX5200, and 2 year Warranty for $449 after Rebate with FREE
    > Shipping!
    >
    > Or spend a few more shekels and go for the new (untested):
    >
    > DimensionTM 8400
    > NEW! Ultimate Performance
    > The desktop for businesses seeking top performance
    > All the technology of the 8300 and more - including PCIe graphics and DDR2
    > memory
    > Powered by Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology
    > From $899
    > Now from
    > $764
    >
    > I would want to add (on my own) a dvd burner and a 2nd hard drive for back
    > up.
    >
    > The new system will be used primarily for Office programs, surfin and some
    > games.
    > No hard core stuff.
    > I would probably stick with the 512 meg ram.
    >
    > Any thoughts or input?
    >
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Is that 2 ide channels each with a master/slave, or 1 ide with a m/s?

    Thanks for the comments so far.


    "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:KOqSc.5440$ao.1616@newssvr23.news.prodigy.com...
    > The 8400 will accept SATA (4) hard drives only as both IDE (2) will be
    used
    > by optical drives. I have the 8400. However, the 4600 will meet your
    needs
    > nicely.
    >
  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Al <vinoalDELETE@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > I would want to add (on my own) a dvd burner and a 2nd hard drive for back
    > up.

    > The new system will be used primarily for Office programs, surfin and some
    > games.
    > No hard core stuff.
    > I would probably stick with the 512 meg ram.

    > Any thoughts or input?

    Buy the cheaper system. You'll be disillusioned with the uber system nearly
    as quickly as it will depreciate. Always buy a generation down unless you
    have some clear specific need for better hardware.
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Often better to just buy new parts and upgrade your present maching. RAM,
    chips etc are so cheap these days.
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    I'm not sure I can advocate buying a computer one generation earlier than
    today's top-of-the-line models. But the fact is that one pays a premium for
    buying the latest and greatest hardware. Much easier on the pocketbook to buy
    something less than top-of-the-line. Unless there are serious SERIOUS needs for
    computing power, the usual computer user would not see significant productivity
    improvements or time savings moving, say, from a 2.8GHz P4 to a 3.4GHz model.
    But some people like the bragging rights of saying they have the most badass
    computer on their block... Ben Myers

    On 11 Aug 2004 22:34:37 GMT, Jason <jason@san.rr.com> wrote:

    >Al <vinoalDELETE@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> I would want to add (on my own) a dvd burner and a 2nd hard drive for back
    >> up.
    >
    >> The new system will be used primarily for Office programs, surfin and some
    >> games.
    >> No hard core stuff.
    >> I would probably stick with the 512 meg ram.
    >
    >> Any thoughts or input?
    >
    >Buy the cheaper system. You'll be disillusioned with the uber system nearly
    >as quickly as it will depreciate. Always buy a generation down unless you
    >have some clear specific need for better hardware.
    >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    One IDE interface supporting two drives.

    "Al" <vinoalDELETE@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:O3wSc.87332$vN3.46104@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
    > Is that 2 ide channels each with a master/slave, or 1 ide with a m/s?
    >
    > Thanks for the comments so far.
    >
    >
    > "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:KOqSc.5440$ao.1616@newssvr23.news.prodigy.com...
    >> The 8400 will accept SATA (4) hard drives only as both IDE (2) will be
    > used
    >> by optical drives. I have the 8400. However, the 4600 will meet your
    > needs
    >> nicely.
    >>
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    No way. Upgrades are seldom cost effective considering the low price of new
    systems.

    "Tony" <poipoipoi@poipoipoi.com> wrote in message
    news:cfe7g3$s8a$1@titan.btinternet.com...
    > Often better to just buy new parts and upgrade your present maching. RAM,
    > chips etc are so cheap these days.
    >
    >
  10. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Al" <vinoalDELETE@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:sapSc.84691$vN3.35310@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
    > My Gateway died - may it RIP.
    > DimensionTM 8400
    > NEW! Ultimate Performance
    > The desktop for businesses seeking top performance
    Hi Al,

    The DELL 8400 is very impressive, Ive had mine a 3.0GHz P4 with 250GB SATA
    harddrive, 128Mb PCI-Express Video Card, Creative Audigy2 Sound Card, 17"
    TFT monitor, 512Mb DDR2 ram, DVD Rom Drive and DVD R/W drives & Windows XP
    Pro SP1.

    I am very impressed with :
    1] The build quality, the case can be opened without a screw driver, it
    looks very tidy inside;
    2] The desktop performance, regularly running a 1280 x 1024 desktop;
    3] The processor speed, and the quiet running of the system.

    It should be noted that the last PC I had was a notebook, a Clevo 22,
    badged as A Microdigital Alpha...... see www.microdigital.co.uk this was
    running a Celeron 2.0 GHz with 14Gb HardDrive, 512Mb Dram, DVD/CD R/W Combo
    Drive, Windows XP Pro SP1, 14.1 TFT Screen.

    Hence the obvious improved desktop speed, note if you check out the
    MicroDigital website, the reason for the purchase, was to be able to run a
    RISC OS Desktop......My Laptop is running Virtual RiscPC SE, and RISC OS
    4.0.

    I am running Virtual RiscPC-Adjust on the DELL 8400 see
    www.virtualacorn.co.uk if you are interested. This runs about 2x the speed
    of the Laptop version.

    And well faster in most situations than the MicroDigital Omega, using native
    Intel StrongARM technology. Even the Iyonix600 by Castle see www.iyonix.com

    I hope this has been of assistance, and brought your attention to some of
    the technology happenings here in UK.

    73 de John
  11. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to get
    BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has happened
    three times with three different messages. Never refers to a driver or file
    name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a NTFS file system
    issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember the first one.

    I formatted and reinstalled the day I received it. I used the latest
    drivers on Dell's website. I also tried the latest drivers on ATI's and
    Intel's websites. When SP2 RTM arrived, I formatted and reinstalled a
    slipstreamed copy of XP with SP2 and have experienced two BSODs since then.

    I ran Dell diags and came up empty. However, I was not able to test my
    video card (800SE) as Dell did not include diags for it on the resource CD
    not do they have a video driver for it on their website. They do include
    diags for the X300 SE and the X800 XT. I tried both of them but the diags
    programs indicated they were not compatible with my video card and would not
    run.

    Today I plan to ask Dell for a replacement system. If they refuse I will
    return it before my 21 days runs out. I really like the system and plan to
    stay with the 8400 in spite of these issues. Dell will get it right -
    eventually.

    "Mr John C McCulloch" <john@jcmcc1srp.freeserve.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:cfq4p1$a82$1@newsg1.svr.pol.co.uk...
    >
    > "Al" <vinoalDELETE@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:sapSc.84691$vN3.35310@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
    >> My Gateway died - may it RIP.
    >> DimensionTM 8400
    >> NEW! Ultimate Performance
    >> The desktop for businesses seeking top performance
    > Hi Al,
    >
    > The DELL 8400 is very impressive, Ive had mine a 3.0GHz P4 with 250GB SATA
    > harddrive, 128Mb PCI-Express Video Card, Creative Audigy2 Sound Card, 17"
    > TFT monitor, 512Mb DDR2 ram, DVD Rom Drive and DVD R/W drives & Windows XP
    > Pro SP1.
    >
    > I am very impressed with :
    > 1] The build quality, the case can be opened without a screw driver, it
    > looks very tidy inside;
    > 2] The desktop performance, regularly running a 1280 x 1024 desktop;
    > 3] The processor speed, and the quiet running of the system.
    >
    > It should be noted that the last PC I had was a notebook, a Clevo 22,
    > badged as A Microdigital Alpha...... see www.microdigital.co.uk this was
    > running a Celeron 2.0 GHz with 14Gb HardDrive, 512Mb Dram, DVD/CD R/W
    > Combo
    > Drive, Windows XP Pro SP1, 14.1 TFT Screen.
    >
    > Hence the obvious improved desktop speed, note if you check out the
    > MicroDigital website, the reason for the purchase, was to be able to run a
    > RISC OS Desktop......My Laptop is running Virtual RiscPC SE, and RISC OS
    > 4.0.
    >
    > I am running Virtual RiscPC-Adjust on the DELL 8400 see
    > www.virtualacorn.co.uk if you are interested. This runs about 2x the speed
    > of the Laptop version.
    >
    > And well faster in most situations than the MicroDigital Omega, using
    > native
    > Intel StrongARM technology. Even the Iyonix600 by Castle see
    > www.iyonix.com
    >
    > I hope this has been of assistance, and brought your attention to some of
    > the technology happenings here in UK.
    >
    > 73 de John
    >
    >
  12. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Well, I ordered the 8400 last night.
    For my uses, I probably should have got the 4600, but couldn't resist the
    new mobo and vid card tech.
    I was planning on doing a clean install as well.
    Just a question, maybe you have a card that came loose during shipping?
    That has happened to me before.

    Good luck.

    Thanks for all the input.


    "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:mc1Uc.6414$tb2.2858@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com...
    > I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to get
    > BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has
    happened
    > three times with three different messages. Never refers to a driver or
    file
    > name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a NTFS file system
    > issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember the first one.
    >
    >
  13. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Personally, I'd bet on a software problem. Have you tried 'baby steps'?
    Start with XP Sp1a and install everything slowly until you start getting the
    failures.

    I assume you built the slipstreamed Sp2 install yourself, since it isn't
    available yet in that form.

    Tom
    "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:mc1Uc.6414$tb2.2858@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com...
    >I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to get
    >BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has happened
    >three times with three different messages. Never refers to a driver or
    >file name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a NTFS file
    >system issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember the first
    >one.
    >
    > I formatted and reinstalled the day I received it. I used the latest
    > drivers on Dell's website. I also tried the latest drivers on ATI's and
    > Intel's websites. When SP2 RTM arrived, I formatted and reinstalled a
    > slipstreamed copy of XP with SP2 and have experienced two BSODs since
    > then.
    >
    > I ran Dell diags and came up empty. However, I was not able to test my
    > video card (800SE) as Dell did not include diags for it on the resource CD
    > not do they have a video driver for it on their website. They do include
    > diags for the X300 SE and the X800 XT. I tried both of them but the diags
    > programs indicated they were not compatible with my video card and would
    > not run.
    >
    > Today I plan to ask Dell for a replacement system. If they refuse I will
    > return it before my 21 days runs out. I really like the system and plan
    > to stay with the 8400 in spite of these issues. Dell will get it right -
    > eventually.
    >
  14. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:mc1Uc.6414$tb2.2858@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com...
    >I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to get
    >BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has happened
    >three times with three different messages. Never refers to a driver or
    >file name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a NTFS file
    >system issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember the first
    >one.
    >
    > I formatted and reinstalled the day I received it. I used the latest
    > drivers on Dell's website. I also tried the latest drivers on ATI's and
    > Intel's websites. When SP2 RTM arrived, I formatted and reinstalled a
    > slipstreamed copy of XP with SP2 and have experienced two BSODs since
    > then.
    >

    <snip>

    An SP2 issue, do you think?


    Stew
  15. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Only a video card and it is tight.

    "Al Samuelson" <AlSamuelsonDELETE@KC.RR.Com> wrote in message
    news:Rq1Uc.45553$ju6.22650@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
    > Well, I ordered the 8400 last night.
    > For my uses, I probably should have got the 4600, but couldn't resist the
    > new mobo and vid card tech.
    > I was planning on doing a clean install as well.
    > Just a question, maybe you have a card that came loose during shipping?
    > That has happened to me before.
    >
    > Good luck.
    >
    > Thanks for all the input.
    >
    >
    >
    > "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:mc1Uc.6414$tb2.2858@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com...
    >> I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to
    >> get
    >> BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has
    > happened
    >> three times with three different messages. Never refers to a driver or
    > file
    >> name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a NTFS file system
    >> issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember the first one.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  16. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:9%1Uc.1013$sE2.993@newssvr23.news.prodigy.com...
    > Only a video card and it is tight.
    >

    <snip>

    The 8400's I've seen with the x800 not only have an updated version of the
    old Intel AGP slot clip/lock, but an added screw-down bracket to secure the
    PCIx16 card to the system board.

    It sure doesn't appear that those cards would or could go anywhere....


    Stew
  17. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    I have experimented with a multitude of combinations. I run very common
    software such as Office XP, the latest version of Nero, Doom 3. I expect you
    are correct and that it is an issue with the BIOS, or a video driver, etc.

    However, I do not want to take the chance that it is a hardware issue that
    will prove difficult to identify so I will opt for an exchange while still
    in my 21 day customer satisfaction period.


    "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    news:4fudnQDoioNIOb3cRVn-qg@comcast.com...
    > Personally, I'd bet on a software problem. Have you tried 'baby steps'?
    > Start with XP Sp1a and install everything slowly until you start getting
    > the failures.
    >
    > I assume you built the slipstreamed Sp2 install yourself, since it isn't
    > available yet in that form.
    >
    > Tom
    > "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:mc1Uc.6414$tb2.2858@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com...
    >>I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to get
    >>BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has
    >>happened three times with three different messages. Never refers to a
    >>driver or file name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a
    >>NTFS file system issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember
    >>the first one.
    >>
    >> I formatted and reinstalled the day I received it. I used the latest
    >> drivers on Dell's website. I also tried the latest drivers on ATI's and
    >> Intel's websites. When SP2 RTM arrived, I formatted and reinstalled a
    >> slipstreamed copy of XP with SP2 and have experienced two BSODs since
    >> then.
    >>
    >> I ran Dell diags and came up empty. However, I was not able to test my
    >> video card (800SE) as Dell did not include diags for it on the resource
    >> CD not do they have a video driver for it on their website. They do
    >> include diags for the X300 SE and the X800 XT. I tried both of them but
    >> the diags programs indicated they were not compatible with my video card
    >> and would not run.
    >>
    >> Today I plan to ask Dell for a replacement system. If they refuse I will
    >> return it before my 21 days runs out. I really like the system and plan
    >> to stay with the 8400 in spite of these issues. Dell will get it right -
    >> eventually.
    >>
    >
    >
  18. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Your use of a computer to run processor-intensive StronArm emulation and other
    engineering tasks argues very well for the model of computer you bought. It
    also explains why you've seen a significant improvement in performance going
    "only" from 2 to 3GHz processor speed. The large Pentium 4 cache and
    hyper-threading undoubtedly contribute the most to the speed gains... Ben Myers

    On Mon, 16 Aug 2004 12:11:26 +0100, "Mr John C McCulloch"
    <john@jcmcc1srp.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:

    >
    >"Al" <vinoalDELETE@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >news:sapSc.84691$vN3.35310@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com...
    >> My Gateway died - may it RIP.
    >> DimensionTM 8400
    >> NEW! Ultimate Performance
    >> The desktop for businesses seeking top performance
    >Hi Al,
    >
    >The DELL 8400 is very impressive, Ive had mine a 3.0GHz P4 with 250GB SATA
    >harddrive, 128Mb PCI-Express Video Card, Creative Audigy2 Sound Card, 17"
    >TFT monitor, 512Mb DDR2 ram, DVD Rom Drive and DVD R/W drives & Windows XP
    >Pro SP1.
    >
    >I am very impressed with :
    >1] The build quality, the case can be opened without a screw driver, it
    >looks very tidy inside;
    >2] The desktop performance, regularly running a 1280 x 1024 desktop;
    >3] The processor speed, and the quiet running of the system.
    >
    >It should be noted that the last PC I had was a notebook, a Clevo 22,
    >badged as A Microdigital Alpha...... see www.microdigital.co.uk this was
    >running a Celeron 2.0 GHz with 14Gb HardDrive, 512Mb Dram, DVD/CD R/W Combo
    >Drive, Windows XP Pro SP1, 14.1 TFT Screen.
    >
    >Hence the obvious improved desktop speed, note if you check out the
    >MicroDigital website, the reason for the purchase, was to be able to run a
    >RISC OS Desktop......My Laptop is running Virtual RiscPC SE, and RISC OS
    >4.0.
    >
    >I am running Virtual RiscPC-Adjust on the DELL 8400 see
    >www.virtualacorn.co.uk if you are interested. This runs about 2x the speed
    >of the Laptop version.
    >
    >And well faster in most situations than the MicroDigital Omega, using native
    >Intel StrongARM technology. Even the Iyonix600 by Castle see www.iyonix.com
    >
    >I hope this has been of assistance, and brought your attention to some of
    >the technology happenings here in UK.
    >
    >73 de John
    >
    >
  19. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Another BSOD this AM. Open my browser and wham! 0X0000001A. Memory
    Management?? Open get BSODs when I open IE and only then one out of 50
    times. Weird.

    "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:mc1Uc.6414$tb2.2858@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com...
    >I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to get
    >BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has happened
    >three times with three different messages. Never refers to a driver or
    >file name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a NTFS file
    >system issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember the first
    >one.
    >
    > I formatted and reinstalled the day I received it. I used the latest
    > drivers on Dell's website. I also tried the latest drivers on ATI's and
    > Intel's websites. When SP2 RTM arrived, I formatted and reinstalled a
    > slipstreamed copy of XP with SP2 and have experienced two BSODs since
    > then.
    >
    > I ran Dell diags and came up empty. However, I was not able to test my
    > video card (800SE) as Dell did not include diags for it on the resource CD
    > not do they have a video driver for it on their website. They do include
    > diags for the X300 SE and the X800 XT. I tried both of them but the diags
    > programs indicated they were not compatible with my video card and would
    > not run.
    >
    > Today I plan to ask Dell for a replacement system. If they refuse I will
    > return it before my 21 days runs out. I really like the system and plan
    > to stay with the 8400 in spite of these issues. Dell will get it right -
    > eventually.
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    When's your replacement due? In one sense it would be more helpful if IE
    would predictably cause the BSOD....

    It would also be interesting to see if the problem stopped with only XP SP1
    installed.....


    "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:8a1Vc.2241$vC5.1924@newssvr24.news.prodigy.com...
    > Another BSOD this AM. Open my browser and wham! 0X0000001A. Memory
    > Management?? Open get BSODs when I open IE and only then one out of 50
    > times. Weird.
    >
    > "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:mc1Uc.6414$tb2.2858@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com...
    >>I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to get
    >>BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has
    >>happened three times with three different messages. Never refers to a
    >>driver or file name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a
    >>NTFS file system issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember
    >>the first one.
    >>
    >> I formatted and reinstalled the day I received it. I used the latest
    >> drivers on Dell's website. I also tried the latest drivers on ATI's and
    >> Intel's websites. When SP2 RTM arrived, I formatted and reinstalled a
    >> slipstreamed copy of XP with SP2 and have experienced two BSODs since
    >> then.
    >>
    >> I ran Dell diags and came up empty. However, I was not able to test my
    >> video card (800SE) as Dell did not include diags for it on the resource
    >> CD not do they have a video driver for it on their website. They do
    >> include diags for the X300 SE and the X800 XT. I tried both of them but
    >> the diags programs indicated they were not compatible with my video card
    >> and would not run.
    >>
    >> Today I plan to ask Dell for a replacement system. If they refuse I will
    >> return it before my 21 days runs out. I really like the system and plan
    >> to stay with the 8400 in spite of these issues. Dell will get it right -
    >> eventually.
    >
    >
  21. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    I'll test your theory when I get it. Still in "InProduction" mode. Next
    week I hope.

    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@cover.bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    news:gi1Vc.1678$UZ4.1068@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
    >
    > When's your replacement due? In one sense it would be more helpful if IE
    > would predictably cause the BSOD....
    >
    > It would also be interesting to see if the problem stopped with only XP
    > SP1 installed.....
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:8a1Vc.2241$vC5.1924@newssvr24.news.prodigy.com...
    >> Another BSOD this AM. Open my browser and wham! 0X0000001A. Memory
    >> Management?? Often get BSODs when I open IE and only then one out of 50
    >> times. Weird.
    >>
    >> "WSZsr" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:mc1Uc.6414$tb2.2858@newssvr22.news.prodigy.com...
    >>>I am also pretty happy with my 8400 with one exception. I continue to
    >>>get BSODs with varying codes. Usually when I open my browser. It has
    >>>happened three times with three different messages. Never refers to a
    >>>driver or file name. The last time it was 0X00000024 which refers to a
    >>>NTFS file system issue. A previous one was 0X0000008E. Don't remember
    >>>the first one.
    >>>
    >>> I formatted and reinstalled the day I received it. I used the latest
    >>> drivers on Dell's website. I also tried the latest drivers on ATI's and
    >>> Intel's websites. When SP2 RTM arrived, I formatted and reinstalled a
    >>> slipstreamed copy of XP with SP2 and have experienced two BSODs since
    >>> then.
    >>>
    >>> I ran Dell diags and came up empty. However, I was not able to test my
    >>> video card (800SE) as Dell did not include diags for it on the resource
    >>> CD not do they have a video driver for it on their website. They do
    >>> include diags for the X300 SE and the X800 XT. I tried both of them but
    >>> the diags programs indicated they were not compatible with my video card
    >>> and would not run.
    >>>
    >>> Today I plan to ask Dell for a replacement system. If they refuse I
    >>> will return it before my 21 days runs out. I really like the system and
    >>> plan to stay with the 8400 in spite of these issues. Dell will get it
    >>> right - eventually.
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
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