I am working on a friends computer, a dell E521. It does not post or offer any beeps. I checked out the power supply, everything is good including the grey signal wire(4.82 VDC). I can find a replacement board online. I usually build new computers from scratch, when I did an upgrade to one of my computers with a newer board, I had to reinstall the OS. I would like to use the same model board on this one to avoid dealing with reinstalling the OS. If I do get the same board, can I just drop in a new board ? Thanks for your help, again
Stark Raving MOD
If you get the same board, you should be able to pop it in without a reinstall.
Thanks for confirming. I got a long number off the MB, CN-OCT103-70821-6A5-E1PZ. I searched the internet and found what is called compatible MB's. I see that OCT103, HK980 and UW457 are called compatible. Dell's website calls out UW457 and after 1 hour on the phone, the second rep I talked to confirmed UW457 by using the service tag. Do you think a compatible MB ( OCT103, HK980 and UW457) will still be a drop in? Or do I need to to find the UW457? Thanks again.
Stark Raving MOD
As long as they are the same chipset, it's usually ok. I don't work for Dell, so I don't know what the differences between the models are. However, Dell is known for changing the configurations of their systems while using the same case.
Order the mobo by the PC Model number
Then the pressure to preform falls on Dell.
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