Upgade Dimension 2400 from 2.4g Celeron?

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Well,

I did a couple searches and found that the Dimension 2400 that ships
with the lowly 2.4ghz Celeron is suppose to support up to 3Ghz P4 at 533
FSB and PC2700 RAM.

I ordered a P4/2.8ghz/533 and 512MB of PC2700 from my local supplier.

I removed the Dell Celron and 512MB and installed the new - when I
turned on the power I get all LED's illuminated on the front and nothing
for video/sounds - the Fan runs, the unit appears to have power, but
nothing.

Suspecting that the new P4 CPU was bad, even though it was a New Retail
CPU, I installed it in another computer (not a Dell Dimension, an ASUS
motherboard) and it detected the CPU and RAM correctly.

So, I suspected that the DELL PSU was not powerful enough to run the new
P4 CPU - replaced the Dell PSU with an ANTEC 480W PSU and tried the P4
again in the Dell - same thing, NADA, nothing, don't work. In order to
validate the new Antec PSU I reinstalled the old Celeron and RAM and it
worked fine. So, I tried the P4 and the old RAM, nada.....

I called Dell support in Panama and was told that the machine does
indeed support P4/3ghz/533 and PC2700 RAM......

Anyone upgrade one of these with a faster CPU and get it working?

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

    Why didn't you just buy a new system? You've spent the money to do so.
    Just curious.

    "Leythos" <void@nowhere.lan> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1d5afb3136ab9312989ad7@news-server.columbus.rr.com...
    > Well,
    >
    > I did a couple searches and found that the Dimension 2400 that ships
    > with the lowly 2.4ghz Celeron is suppose to support up to 3Ghz P4 at 533
    > FSB and PC2700 RAM.
    >
    > I ordered a P4/2.8ghz/533 and 512MB of PC2700 from my local supplier.
    >
    > I removed the Dell Celron and 512MB and installed the new - when I
    > turned on the power I get all LED's illuminated on the front and nothing
    > for video/sounds - the Fan runs, the unit appears to have power, but
    > nothing.
    >
    > Suspecting that the new P4 CPU was bad, even though it was a New Retail
    > CPU, I installed it in another computer (not a Dell Dimension, an ASUS
    > motherboard) and it detected the CPU and RAM correctly.
    >
    > So, I suspected that the DELL PSU was not powerful enough to run the new
    > P4 CPU - replaced the Dell PSU with an ANTEC 480W PSU and tried the P4
    > again in the Dell - same thing, NADA, nothing, don't work. In order to
    > validate the new Antec PSU I reinstalled the old Celeron and RAM and it
    > worked fine. So, I tried the P4 and the old RAM, nada.....
    >
    > I called Dell support in Panama and was told that the machine does
    > indeed support P4/3ghz/533 and PC2700 RAM......
    >
    > Anyone upgrade one of these with a faster CPU and get it working?
    >
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  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Leythos" <void@nowhere.lan> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1d5afb3136ab9312989ad7@news-server.columbus.rr.com...
    > Well,
    >
    > I did a couple searches and found that the Dimension 2400 that ships
    > with the lowly 2.4ghz Celeron is suppose to support up to 3Ghz P4 at 533
    > FSB and PC2700 RAM.
    >
    > I ordered a P4/2.8ghz/533 and 512MB of PC2700 from my local supplier.
    >
    > I removed the Dell Celron and 512MB and installed the new - when I
    > turned on the power I get all LED's illuminated on the front and nothing
    > for video/sounds - the Fan runs, the unit appears to have power, but
    > nothing.
    >
    > Suspecting that the new P4 CPU was bad, even though it was a New Retail
    > CPU, I installed it in another computer (not a Dell Dimension, an ASUS
    > motherboard) and it detected the CPU and RAM correctly.
    >
    > So, I suspected that the DELL PSU was not powerful enough to run the new
    > P4 CPU - replaced the Dell PSU with an ANTEC 480W PSU and tried the P4
    > again in the Dell - same thing, NADA, nothing, don't work. In order to
    > validate the new Antec PSU I reinstalled the old Celeron and RAM and it
    > worked fine. So, I tried the P4 and the old RAM, nada.....
    >
    > I called Dell support in Panama and was told that the machine does
    > indeed support P4/3ghz/533 and PC2700 RAM......
    >
    > Anyone upgrade one of these with a faster CPU and get it working?
    >
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    Not sure what you went down the power supply route. My 2400 came with a
    P4-2.8/533, so the power supply is more than adequate.

    Did you upgrade to the latest BIOS? Often that is the problem. Also,
    you're sure it is a 533? I'm doing this from memory, but thought the 3.0
    was 800 and the 3.06 was 533.

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

    Check the CPU you bought. The 2400 will support 400 and 533 CPUs, but
    only Northwood (512K) and earlier.

    If you bought a Prescott CPU (1M cache), that's why it doesn't work.

    The 2.8/533/512K will work - the fastest one that will is the
    3.06/533/512K. None of the P4s with over-512K caches will work.


    Leythos wrote:
    > Well,
    >
    > I did a couple searches and found that the Dimension 2400 that ships
    > with the lowly 2.4ghz Celeron is suppose to support up to 3Ghz P4 at 533
    > FSB and PC2700 RAM.
    >
    > I ordered a P4/2.8ghz/533 and 512MB of PC2700 from my local supplier.
    >
    > I removed the Dell Celron and 512MB and installed the new - when I
    > turned on the power I get all LED's illuminated on the front and nothing
    > for video/sounds - the Fan runs, the unit appears to have power, but
    > nothing.
    >
    > Suspecting that the new P4 CPU was bad, even though it was a New Retail
    > CPU, I installed it in another computer (not a Dell Dimension, an ASUS
    > motherboard) and it detected the CPU and RAM correctly.
    >
    > So, I suspected that the DELL PSU was not powerful enough to run the new
    > P4 CPU - replaced the Dell PSU with an ANTEC 480W PSU and tried the P4
    > again in the Dell - same thing, NADA, nothing, don't work. In order to
    > validate the new Antec PSU I reinstalled the old Celeron and RAM and it
    > worked fine. So, I tried the P4 and the old RAM, nada.....
    >
    > I called Dell support in Panama and was told that the machine does
    > indeed support P4/3ghz/533 and PC2700 RAM......
    >
    > Anyone upgrade one of these with a faster CPU and get it working?
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    In article <rPbIe.48492$t43.40343@tornado.tampabay.rr.com>,
    tomtoo@softhome.net says...
    >
    > "Leythos" <void@nowhere.lan> wrote in message
    > news:MPG.1d5afb3136ab9312989ad7@news-server.columbus.rr.com...
    > > Well,
    > >
    > > I did a couple searches and found that the Dimension 2400 that ships
    > > with the lowly 2.4ghz Celeron is suppose to support up to 3Ghz P4 at 533
    > > FSB and PC2700 RAM.
    > >
    > > I ordered a P4/2.8ghz/533 and 512MB of PC2700 from my local supplier.
    > >
    > > I removed the Dell Celron and 512MB and installed the new - when I
    > > turned on the power I get all LED's illuminated on the front and nothing
    > > for video/sounds - the Fan runs, the unit appears to have power, but
    > > nothing.
    > >
    > > Suspecting that the new P4 CPU was bad, even though it was a New Retail
    > > CPU, I installed it in another computer (not a Dell Dimension, an ASUS
    > > motherboard) and it detected the CPU and RAM correctly.
    > >
    > > So, I suspected that the DELL PSU was not powerful enough to run the new
    > > P4 CPU - replaced the Dell PSU with an ANTEC 480W PSU and tried the P4
    > > again in the Dell - same thing, NADA, nothing, don't work. In order to
    > > validate the new Antec PSU I reinstalled the old Celeron and RAM and it
    > > worked fine. So, I tried the P4 and the old RAM, nada.....
    > >
    > > I called Dell support in Panama and was told that the machine does
    > > indeed support P4/3ghz/533 and PC2700 RAM......
    > >
    > > Anyone upgrade one of these with a faster CPU and get it working?
    > >
    >
    >
    > Not sure what you went down the power supply route. My 2400 came with a
    > P4-2.8/533, so the power supply is more than adequate.
    >
    > Did you upgrade to the latest BIOS? Often that is the problem. Also,
    > you're sure it is a 533? I'm doing this from memory, but thought the 3.0
    > was 800 and the 3.06 was 533.

    I bought a 2.8Ghz Retail 533fsb processor - it shows 533 on the box.

    I did the PSU because there was no clear markings on the one in the box
    to indicate what wattage it is - and I try all things that would make
    sense.

    The BIOS is A05 and that shows as the latest on the Dimension 2400
    support page.

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    In article <tWbIe.1388$9U3.730@newssvr24.news.prodigy.net>, ejn63
    @netscape.net says...
    > Check the CPU you bought. The 2400 will support 400 and 533 CPUs, but
    > only Northwood (512K) and earlier.
    >
    > If you bought a Prescott CPU (1M cache), that's why it doesn't work.
    >
    > The 2.8/533/512K will work - the fastest one that will is the
    > 3.06/533/512K. None of the P4s with over-512K caches will work.

    That's it then, the one I bought is a 1M cache. I'll see if they have
    any 512K caches where I ordered the last one.

    Thanks!


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    In article <tWbIe.1388$9U3.730@newssvr24.news.prodigy.net>, ejn63
    @netscape.net says...
    > Check the CPU you bought. The 2400 will support 400 and 533 CPUs, but
    > only Northwood (512K) and earlier.
    >
    > If you bought a Prescott CPU (1M cache), that's why it doesn't work.
    >
    > The 2.8/533/512K will work - the fastest one that will is the
    > 3.06/533/512K. None of the P4s with over-512K caches will work.

    Thanks for the update - I hate to say it, but this really blows. On the
    good side, I didn't purchase more than one as a test, so I guess I can
    use it in another machine.

    I sure hope the P4/2.8/512/533 is a significant increase in power over
    the stock 2.4g Celeron CPU that it shipped with - if not, we're going to
    have to get replacement systems.


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    computergeeks.com has a used p4/2.8ghz/512k/533fsb for $138. they are an
    honest retailor.

    "Leythos" <void@nowhere.lan> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1d5b297d94faed0b989adc@news-server.columbus.rr.com...
    > In article <tWbIe.1388$9U3.730@newssvr24.news.prodigy.net>, ejn63
    > @netscape.net says...
    >> Check the CPU you bought. The 2400 will support 400 and 533 CPUs, but
    >> only Northwood (512K) and earlier.
    >>
    >> If you bought a Prescott CPU (1M cache), that's why it doesn't work.
    >>
    >> The 2.8/533/512K will work - the fastest one that will is the
    >> 3.06/533/512K. None of the P4s with over-512K caches will work.
    >
    > Thanks for the update - I hate to say it, but this really blows. On the
    > good side, I didn't purchase more than one as a test, so I guess I can
    > use it in another machine.
    >
    > I sure hope the P4/2.8/512/533 is a significant increase in power over
    > the stock 2.4g Celeron CPU that it shipped with - if not, we're going to
    > have to get replacement systems.
    >
    >
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    and newegg.com has it for $152 with $1 shipping... item number
    N82E16819116215R

    "Christopher Muto" <muto@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
    news:xrdIe.5996$%a2.3199@trndny03...
    > computergeeks.com has a used p4/2.8ghz/512k/533fsb for $138. they are an
    > honest retailor.
    >
    > "Leythos" <void@nowhere.lan> wrote in message
    > news:MPG.1d5b297d94faed0b989adc@news-server.columbus.rr.com...
    >> In article <tWbIe.1388$9U3.730@newssvr24.news.prodigy.net>, ejn63
    >> @netscape.net says...
    >>> Check the CPU you bought. The 2400 will support 400 and 533 CPUs, but
    >>> only Northwood (512K) and earlier.
    >>>
    >>> If you bought a Prescott CPU (1M cache), that's why it doesn't work.
    >>>
    >>> The 2.8/533/512K will work - the fastest one that will is the
    >>> 3.06/533/512K. None of the P4s with over-512K caches will work.
    >>
    >> Thanks for the update - I hate to say it, but this really blows. On the
    >> good side, I didn't purchase more than one as a test, so I guess I can
    >> use it in another machine.
    >>
    >> I sure hope the P4/2.8/512/533 is a significant increase in power over
    >> the stock 2.4g Celeron CPU that it shipped with - if not, we're going to
    >> have to get replacement systems.
    >>
    >>
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    In article <xrdIe.5996$%a2.3199@trndny03>, muto@worldnet.att.net says...
    > computergeeks.com has a used p4/2.8ghz/512k/533fsb for $138. they are an
    > honest retailor.

    I don't buy used CPU's or OEM ones, I like the retail ones since they
    include a longer warranty (and I've actually used it several times) and
    that it comes with a great heat-sink and fan.

    My local vendor should be able to get them for me - thanks for looking
    though.

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    In article <UReIe.112$qQ5.23658@news.uswest.net>, webman6@hotmail.com
    says...
    > Why didn't you just buy a new system? You've spent the money to do so.
    > Just curious.

    A new P4 system, would cost about $800 with XP Prof (since you can't
    move OEM software between computers due to licensing). We got the
    2.8g/1m/533 and 512MB PC2700 for under $300 (all new and retail).

    The intent was to spend under $300 for each of these upgrades to boost
    the performance to something acceptable - since another IT company
    spec'd and furnished them, we didn't have any say in the initial
    purchase. Upgrading them also saved TIME (which is money) as it would
    not require any software purchase or setup time, just about 15 minutes
    per machine to upgrade them and put them back in service.


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    Good point. A lot of people do not understand the time vs. money tradeoffs in
    dealing with computer systems, until it is their time or their money.

    .... Ben Myers

    On Thu, 04 Aug 2005 02:51:56 GMT, Leythos <void@nowhere.lan> wrote:

    >In article <UReIe.112$qQ5.23658@news.uswest.net>, webman6@hotmail.com
    >says...
    >> Why didn't you just buy a new system? You've spent the money to do so.
    >> Just curious.
    >
    >A new P4 system, would cost about $800 with XP Prof (since you can't
    >move OEM software between computers due to licensing). We got the
    >2.8g/1m/533 and 512MB PC2700 for under $300 (all new and retail).
    >
    >The intent was to spend under $300 for each of these upgrades to boost
    >the performance to something acceptable - since another IT company
    >spec'd and furnished them, we didn't have any say in the initial
    >purchase. Upgrading them also saved TIME (which is money) as it would
    >not require any software purchase or setup time, just about 15 minutes
    >per machine to upgrade them and put them back in service.
    >
    >
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    Leythos wrote:

    > In article <xrdIe.5996$%a2.3199@trndny03>, muto@worldnet.att.net says...
    >
    >>computergeeks.com has a used p4/2.8ghz/512k/533fsb for $138. they are an
    >>honest retailor.
    >
    >
    > I don't buy used CPU's or OEM ones, I like the retail ones since they
    > include a longer warranty (and I've actually used it several times) and
    > that it comes with a great heat-sink and fan.
    >
    Out of curiousity, what's the frequency that you've had to replace CPU's
    under warranty? I don't beleived I've ever had a pentium (or celeron)
    based CPU go bad (at least by the time I retire the computer, and note
    that I still carry a Dell LS w/ a PIII-400).
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    <ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers)> wrote in message
    news:42f18f63.20592749@nntp.charter.net...
    > Good point. A lot of people do not understand the time vs. money
    > tradeoffs in
    > dealing with computer systems, until it is their time or their money.
    >
    > ... Ben Myers
    >


    Especially *multiple* systems in a live business environment. No kidding.


    Stew
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    "Leythos" <void@nowhere.lan> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1d5b26df9268b4db989adb@news-server.columbus.rr.com...
    > In article <tWbIe.1388$9U3.730@newssvr24.news.prodigy.net>, ejn63
    > @netscape.net says...
    >> Check the CPU you bought. The 2400 will support 400 and 533 CPUs, but
    >> only Northwood (512K) and earlier.
    >>
    >> If you bought a Prescott CPU (1M cache), that's why it doesn't work.
    >>
    >> The 2.8/533/512K will work - the fastest one that will is the
    >> 3.06/533/512K. None of the P4s with over-512K caches will work.
    >
    > That's it then, the one I bought is a 1M cache. I'll see if they have
    > any 512K caches where I ordered the last one.
    >
    > Thanks!


    And thanks to everyone in the thread. I had myself had forgotten to
    consider the Northwood/Prescott angle as a possibility.


    Stew
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    In article <UhhIe.1297$C11.815@newssvr21.news.prodigy.com>, SDNick484
    @nospam.yahoo.com says...
    > Leythos wrote:
    >
    > > In article <xrdIe.5996$%a2.3199@trndny03>, muto@worldnet.att.net says...
    > >
    > >>computergeeks.com has a used p4/2.8ghz/512k/533fsb for $138. they are an
    > >>honest retailor.
    > >
    > >
    > > I don't buy used CPU's or OEM ones, I like the retail ones since they
    > > include a longer warranty (and I've actually used it several times) and
    > > that it comes with a great heat-sink and fan.
    > >
    > Out of curiousity, what's the frequency that you've had to replace CPU's
    > under warranty? I don't beleived I've ever had a pentium (or celeron)
    > based CPU go bad (at least by the time I retire the computer, and note
    > that I still carry a Dell LS w/ a PIII-400).

    I had to replace one Xeon and one P4 last year. I had to go through
    Intel directly, was a PITA, but it was free.

    I've also replaced two P3 series CPU's, but we deal with a LOT of
    computers in a lot of different environments.

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    Interesting. Bummer that you couldn't have had some input into the initial
    purchase. Good luck!

    "Leythos" <void@nowhere.lan> wrote in message
    news:MPG.1d5b4cd61df9b487989ae0@news-server.columbus.rr.com...
    > In article <UReIe.112$qQ5.23658@news.uswest.net>, webman6@hotmail.com
    > says...
    >> Why didn't you just buy a new system? You've spent the money to do so.
    >> Just curious.
    >
    > A new P4 system, would cost about $800 with XP Prof (since you can't
    > move OEM software between computers due to licensing). We got the
    > 2.8g/1m/533 and 512MB PC2700 for under $300 (all new and retail).
    >
    > The intent was to spend under $300 for each of these upgrades to boost
    > the performance to something acceptable - since another IT company
    > spec'd and furnished them, we didn't have any say in the initial
    > purchase. Upgrading them also saved TIME (which is money) as it would
    > not require any software purchase or setup time, just about 15 minutes
    > per machine to upgrade them and put them back in service.
    >
    >
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    From a tax perspective, upgrading makes more sense than buying new.
    The expense of "keeping the existing value of an asset through
    maintenance" (eg oil changes & maintenance for a car, upgrades to a
    computer, etc.) is tax deductible, whereas new asset purchases are
    not. Since computers depeciate so quickly in value, upgrading can
    make sense.

    In fact, to make the argument of buying a new system even worse, many
    states (New Jersey being one) require individuals and businesses to
    pay a "use tax" for items purchased out-of-state. A "use tax" is
    basically a sales-tax for out-of-state purchases (businesses and
    individuals, if audited, face a very large penalty if use tax on
    out-of-state purchases isn't reported). Off the record, very few
    people pay the use tax, but it's still something the state-tax-man can
    hit you with if you're ever audited.

    A couple years ago (1996) I started working for the power company in
    Virginia. The department was never allocated money for new computers,
    but they were all techno-savy, and had a near-unlimited maintenance
    budget. Rather than buying new computers, they upgraded them every
    other year.

    Imagine my suprise (and near heart-attack) when I sat down in 1996 and
    saw an original IBM XT case sitting on my desk. They quickly assured
    me that it was a Pentium-60 (90?) with cd-rom, vga monitor, etc.

    Dan

    On Thu, 04 Aug 2005 02:51:56 GMT, Leythos <void@nowhere.lan> wrote:

    >In article <UReIe.112$qQ5.23658@news.uswest.net>, webman6@hotmail.com
    >says...
    >> Why didn't you just buy a new system? You've spent the money to do so.
    >> Just curious.
    >
    >A new P4 system, would cost about $800 with XP Prof (since you can't
    >move OEM software between computers due to licensing). We got the
    >2.8g/1m/533 and 512MB PC2700 for under $300 (all new and retail).
    >
    >The intent was to spend under $300 for each of these upgrades to boost
    >the performance to something acceptable - since another IT company
    >spec'd and furnished them, we didn't have any say in the initial
    >purchase. Upgrading them also saved TIME (which is money) as it would
    >not require any software purchase or setup time, just about 15 minutes
    >per machine to upgrade them and put them back in service.
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