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 Jul 21, 2004 - 01:34 PM - by Michael
* Damn you, Dell!

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So I'm sitting at work today trying to rehab an old Dell machine for service. It's got a Celeron 400 in it (yeah, I know, but these are workstation machines, they don't have to be THAT powerful).

I note that I've got another old, non-Dell machine with a dead motherboard, but working P3-450. Swap 'em in, they work fine. Except for one problem.

Dell processors of the Slot type will ONLY go into a Dell machine, and likewise those Dell motherboards will ONLY work with a Dell-sold processor. How'd they do it? Replaced the standard CPU holding bracket, with an extra-wierd one that ONLY locks on to processors that have their custom heatsink with clip-wings coming out the sides.

This is why I so hate manufacturers like Dell... can't upgrade crap inside them.
 

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