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Dell E521 GFX card update

Q: Dell E521 GFX card update

I just purchased the XFX 8600 GT that many have said fits and works in the Dell E521 (numerous help threads allover google).

The problem I'm having is that, despite uninstalling drivers and everything, I throw the 8600 into the computer and start the computer up.

This is where it gets hairy.

The cards fan spins fast 4 times, and then slows down to a normal speed. During this whole time, nothing is displayed on the computer (no bios/windows xp loading screen/nothing) and I can't tell if it is even detected.

I've tried all the dvi ports too, nothing.

There's question in which the 305 w power supply can handle it and many have said so.
Is the card faulty?

The card I take out it the 7300 LE. There's no onboard graphics either.

A: Dell E521 GFX card update

Either the graphics card is defective or the power supply can't handle it after all. It's not easy to say at this point. If it was me, I would try the new card in another system or try a better power supply in your current system. Of course, I don't know if you have access to alternatives but I don't know how you can be sure otherwise.

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I posted a similiar question just under a year ago and I bought a HD4670 with IceQ not realising that it wouldn't fit. That obviously meant that my PC could only hold a single slot graphics card.

My PC Stats:

Dell Dimension E521,
AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual,
Core Processor 5000+,
2.61Ghz, 2Gb RAM,
Nvidia GeForce 7300 LE

*I also have a bigger PSU thats not attached: 'Dell Silencer 500W-600W, not sure which'. (Bought it to power the HD4670 but as the card didn't fit I returned the card but the other shop wouldn't take the PSU back.)

Could you guys help me with ideas of good graphics cards I could fit into my system? Take in mind I have a 600W PSU and a HD Monitor.

Thanks in advance

A:Which Graphics card for my Dell E521?

That is a realy weird layout for a computer case. Does it fit standard PCI-E cards or do they have to be the half height cards?

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I have a older Dell E 521 tower that is running fine on XP (originally came w/ Vista) Now that I have heard that XP may finally be on the way out would I be able to update to Windows 7? The tower is basically stock with the added ram I installed last year. The HD is I think 75gb so I might also update to 150.

A:Dell E521 W/4gb ram. Can I update to Win7?

Run the upgrade advisor and see what that says:

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Got a 521 with the horrible 56MB onboard GPU. Had it for over a year now, works great, pathetic graphics. Have 2 256MB GeForce7600GS's that I pulled, working, from my main gaming rig. These GS's work fine, so I decided to use one of em in this 521. I did the usual: uninstall the drivers for the current graphics hardware (the onboard crap) then powered down and installed the 7600GS. Upon restart I got fan activity on the 7600GS so I know the PCIe slot has juice, but the video output is null. I swapped the monitor cable back to the onboard connector and it popped on. Few seconds later it auto-detected 'new hardware' and REINSTALLED that pathetic onboard driver set. So I thought 'okay you little frakker, I'll disable you instead' so I did that and restarted. Reinstalled my 7-series drivers, THEN 'removed' the onboard stuff again and restarted. Same thing, no video output on the 7600, but again, the crap onboard output fired right up at low-res, then autodetected itself again. I went back to Device Drivers and whaddayaknow, the onboard drivers were re-installed AGAIN. I went to the BIOS and swapped the video switch to AUTO (which it specifies you need to use with 'installed hardware' vs. the onboard stuff). Noted that the PCI box in the BIOS had 4 slots to monitor, and it didn't see anything in any slot, which stinks because one of those 'empty' PCI slots has my 7600GS shoved into it. Anyway, I restarted again ... Read more

A:Dell E521 Vid card install nightmare

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I replaced the hard drive in my Dell Dimension E521, with a new 320GB (non Dell Specific) WD unit, and loaded Windows 7 Pro (again, non Dell specific version). The old hard drive was bad.

I downloaded the 1.1.11 BIOS update ( to a bootable USB flash drive. When I boot the computer off of the flash drive, it comes up with the C: thing and does nothing else.

Am I supposed to type something in there, to get it to update the BIOS or access the file on the flash drive?

I'm kind of new to this stuff, but learning...

I want to update the BIOS, to be able to install the AMD Athlon 64 X 2 6000+ processor. The current version is 1.1.6.

Thanks in advance for any advice...


A:Dell E521 Bios Update Question with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

i believe you are suppose to run the bios update program from within windows. So when you have windows running; try running the bios update there.

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Hello I tried to install a power supply with my dell now I get a steady amber light after I removed the power supply since it had showed me an amber light. With the old power supply, I still get the steady amber light. I noticed that on the LED in the back, I got a yellowish amber colored light as well. With the new power supply it didn't have the exact four pin layout of my old one but had an eight pin layout that was seperated so that I could ease a four pin in with my computer. Did this blow out the motherboard? The major thing I did was remove the heatsink which had pins connected to it when I tried to install this video card but I noticed that some of the pins bent out of shape so I got a new heatsink only this time the heatsink I recieved has no pins. I installed the heatsink and tried to boot the pc but it won't boot only the fan spins and none of the indicator lights in the front turn on. Is the motherboard or processor dead? Thanks.

A:Dell e521 tried to install video card+power supply now getting an amber light.

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Ok i want to upgrade my system and its a dell e521 so i want to know if you think these psu will be okay for me to use i just want to add prob a 7600gt so i'm gonna list em and you guys put your opinion.

A:Dell e521 need help

all those links are no good

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Hello everyone, I really hope you are all able to help me. I'm kind of a newb when it comes to the tech aspect of computers, atleast when it comes to finding problems. I'm writing because I've been trying to upgrade my computer to play Warhammer Online. I had a stock Dell e521 until about a year ago when I added 2 gigs of ram and a GT8600 XxX to play TF2 and WoW. Everything ran fine. About a month ago I got into the Warhammer beta, when I was alone I would get around 20-30 FPS but when I was in a town or around 5-10 people my fps would drop to 1-5 instantly. Me bring the person I am instantly thought video card upgrade. I knew if I to upgrade I needed a new PSU. Last week I purchased a Asus 4850 and a Basiq BP500U (500W) PSU. I installed both of them and everything was fine. Loaded up Warhammer and while I cant say there was no improvement, it wasnt what I was expecting. Instead of 1-5 fps I have 5-10 in crunch times, and it still gets very choppy when new items pop up on screen (Not to mention my Max FPS might of improved 5 FPS only). So I did some research and did a complete reformat of my harddrive, didnt help. I'm running with 26 processes (including all the ATI ones). And I'm left wondering what is slowing me down to such a crawl. The only thing I can think of are either my Processor or my Mother Board... both of which I have no experience with. This is where I was hoping you all could help me out. Which of the two is more likely to help me and w... Read more

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i need help with my computer concerning video cards. i would like to kno wat if i can put an ATX PSU in my computer. my mobo is BTX so i dont kno. also i would like to kno wats the best type of video card i can put in my comp. preferably from the 8 series or 7 series. i found out that the best 8 series video card i can put is the 8600 GTS. the 8800 is too bulky. i would have to cut some metal off of my comp. thats not something i want to do. the 8600 is good but they have some 7 series that are better. this is the main reason i am posting. wats the best 7 series i can put in my comp?

this is the link for the PSU im planning on to buy.

this is the video card i would like to get, though a pci express interface

this is my second video card choice. anyone of these i would prefer. i just wanna kno which video card would fit in my comp.

A:Dell Dimension E521 help

PSU and Video Card


I?m at Dell Headquarters in Austin, Texas and I just came across this post. An ATX power supply will most likely not fit in that system because of where the screw holes are and we don't sell an upgraded one for the E521. That would leave you with the 305 watt one that comes stock and whatever video card options can work with that. Feel free to post back if you have any other questions.

Dell, Inc.

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Please move to right Forums section if in wrong one.

I've read some threads already on this but i recently ordered a 8600GTS PCI-E x16 card

First off the stock PSU in this dell is a 305W.
I want to upgrade my PSU no matter what. BUT the dell rep didnt tell me anything tha twas compatible. Cause he wanted me to buy from dell :-\

I hear from others that it is a Standard BTX PSU. But i fear something burning out if i get a new one.

1st concern... Will most power supplies fit?
2nd... Will it burn my mobo out with too much wattage
3rd... People say Dell PSUs are not universal.

Please give me your input
I have seen Compiler post some about E521s but not sure on results

I do regret buying this system heh.

A:Dell E521 Upgrades.

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It says in the Manuel for this computer (Dell Dimension E521) that it can only go up to 4gb of ram but i had 5gb of ram in it and it showed on it in computer property's, so is this safe? it ran like this for a very long time does anyone know about this?
I want to do the same thing to my Dell Optiplex 380 and 320 is this still safe and possible?
any help would be much appreciated TY

A:5gb of Ram on Dell Dimension E521, HOW?

Can you take a screen shot of your Computer properties?

Click start > Right-click Computer > Click properties

Use the Snipping tool to take a screen shot and then post it here

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I am having a lot of problems with this Dell E521 motherboard; first the bios do not recgonize the usb keyboard and mouse DOS. I went to Dell community support site, and a lot people was having the same problem this E521 computer. It was a bad design by Dell, after warranty Dell will not replace the motherboard. So, I purchase a motherboard on ebay, it was doing the same thing. At this I have a third motherboard; the error message I am getting is PXE-E61: Media test failure, Check cable, PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE-ROM, and usb keyboard and mouse still not recgonzie in dos mode. I can not trouble shoot the without keyboard and mouse, also can not flash bios. I guess I need give up this computer and buy a new one.


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can i put in a quad core processor in this motherboard? and whats the highest graphics card can i put in this thing?
i want to make this into a gaming rig well as much as it can, im running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit with 5 gigs of ram and 450W power supply, a 430 gs nvidia card and its a dual core but some games run just a little slow like mortal combat and saint rows 3 any help will be much appreciated TY

A:dell dimension e521 help

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I was wondering if there is a way? I own a 3600+ 2.0ghz and well I'm ready to move on to at lest a 6000+. Is there any way I can? I heard something about a CPU lock on dells if so there must be a way to take off the CPU lock I see screws around this black case. So what if I just pop it off and take the CPU out and wam there you go I got a 6000+ All computers are the same when it comes down to the bones of a PC dell can't just make a computer that READS NO YOU CAN'T there is always away around that ****.... ALWAYS!

A:Dell E521 Upgrading CPU?

I think it would be a good idea to see if the motherboard supports the processor you want to install.

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Think i have a virus,nothing will update; security,windows,java etc. Keep getting redirected on every site i try to visit. (very frustrating)Tried to reinstall vista with reinstallation disc, dvr drive will not respond with vista disc but works with any other disc.Tried clicking f8 on startup but takes me to a password screen similar to normal password screen ,but it looks like its in safe mode and will not accept my user name or password.All i want is a complete restore but it will not let me! Please anyone help before i throw it off the roof!

A:can not reinstall vista on dell e521

Hi meekle,

Welcome to Vista Forums!

If you can't restore to factory conditions either normal way, we need to see if we can either fix the computer or get it to the point where you can restore.

You can make a bootable Recovery Environment Recovery Disk using along with burning software like: and, of course, a blank CD (perhaps made on a different computer like the one you used to post here).

Do you know when this problem began? Try a System Restore to a point in time BEFORE the problem began. Here's the procedure: Be sure to check the box to show more than 5 days of restore points. If the first attempt fails, then try an earlier point or two. NOTE: You will have to re-install any software and updates you installed between now and the restore point, but you can use Windows Update for the updates. Use the recovery disk if the system prompt doesn’t work. The recovery disk works a bit different from the above procedures but if you follow the prompts from the System Restore menu option with the above information you should be able to restore with no problems.

If the System Restore doesn't work, do a Startup Repair by booting to the genuine Windows Vista Installation Disk (or one you can borrow from ANYONE) or from a Recovery Disk with recovery options included on it. Here's the procedu... Read more

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I was just on the Dell website configuring systems for cost comparisons. I started with an E521 then tried a Dimension 1100, which was listed with a base price $100 less than the E521.

After I ran the configurations and added the features I wanted they came out to exactly the same price!

Considering they are the same price, which is a better system?


A:DELL E521 or Dimension 1100

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Hello all. I've got a dell dimension E521 desktop with a bad USB controller it seems. The unit halts at bootup reporting a bad keyboard, bad cable and invalid system configuration. It tells me I can press F2 to continue, but the keyboard input does not work.

The USB ports are shot, so no matter what, I cannot press F2 to make the unit boot. Dell kindly has not included PS2 ports, so the system just halts at the bios screen. I was wondering if this could be motherboard related, or is this the IO controller in the front?

Where are the USB controllers located on these machines? Should I go out and order a new board, or get an IO controller?

A:Dell Dimension E521 No USB/bad cable

How do you know for sure it isn't a bad keyboard? If you haven't already, try the front USB ports and try a different keyboard or try your USB keyboard on another PC.

The USB controllers are on the motherboard. Exactly where I don't know. You'd have to look but the only thing you could probably do is check the fit of the connection of the front USB ports. The USB ports on the back would be connected to integrated controllers so there's nothing you can do with them.

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I am having problem with keyboard and mouse working in dos. I when to Dell support site, and notice that other was haning the same people having problem this E521 computer. The bios dose not recognize usb keyboard and mouse in dos. This PC two years old; basically the computer is no good and the warranty is over. I ever purchase a new motherboard and not regonize kb and mouse. I would like to know if I buy a "PS2 PCI Card" will Dos recognize it.


A:Dell E521 MotherBoard USB KB and Mouse

most likely not, because it's an addon. atleast not from the get go.
have you upgraded your bios to the latest version from Dell?
have you upgraded you chipset drivers to the latest from Dell?
try that first

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I need to purchase a new desktop PC to replace my old one which is about to die.   Dell's new E521 with the AMD processor caught my attention because of it's low price.   I believe the Intel equivalent to the Dell E521 is a Dell E520. I need a desktop basically for doing word processing; internet; email; and Quicken.   I'm not into playing games nor do I create videos using a computer.   I plan soon to purchase my first digital camera which I would like to use with any new computer purchase.    If I did configure something others have advised me to get something with the following: Windows XP Home w/SP2512 RAM120 GB HD CD burner - drive bay #1DVD ROM - drive bay #2Integrated audioIntegrated videoFloppy driveMedia card reader if available56K ModemConnections for high speed internetFull size chassis; don't like the style of Dell's mini chassisProcessor size - don't have a clue thereAMD - not sure on which one but have been told to stay away from SempronsPentium D or Dual Core or Core Duo 2 - don't have a clue there either; need the cheapest one but have been told to stay away from CeleronsMicrosoft Works Suite or similar with a word processing programAnti-virus software - will purchase that after computer has been purchasedSpyware software - will also purchase after computer has been purchasedPurchase an extended warranty and if so for how long or not bother purchasing an extended warranty I know I have probably left out something but this new desktop will be co... Read more


i would go with the AMD Athlon processor. That would equivalent to the pentium 4 but cheaper. That would give you enough power for internet, and photos for a long long time. You could get pentium d, but i doubt you'll take full advantage of it. enjoy the weekend! , raviDELL DIMENSION 2350 @ 2.60GHZ INTEL CELERON,512MB OF RAM, 30GB HARDRIVE-----------------------------------------------------------------------------DELL DIMENSION 2400CE "DIMENSION 2400 CUSTOM EDITION" @ 2.80GHZ INTEL PENTIUM 4 NORTHWOOD CORE 533MHZ FSB, 1GB OF RAM (512 PCR2700),(512 PCR 3200), 80GB MAXTOR DIAMONDMAX PLUS 9 HARDDRIVE-MASTER, 320GB WESTERN DIGITAL HARDRIVE - SLAVE; NVIDIA GEFORCE FX 5200 PCI @ 256MB, 845GV CHIPSET; MODIFIED COOLING SYSTEM @ 2 80MM FANS, 1 PCI SLOT COOLING FAN(FOR FX 5200).

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Firstly, hello to all here at Techspot forums!

I have 2 questions.

1.) I want to upgrade the PSU in my Dell Dimension E521 from the measly 305W to something like 500-600W. Is this even possible with my PC? If so, which PSU would be best?

2.) I also plan on buying a GeForce 9600GT if I can get a new PSU. Would this card fit in my PC?


A:Replacing Dell Dimension E521 PSU?

Yes you can - just decide what company you prefer then the size of the psu (dual rail 12v or whatever) and then go to their site and ask them what the dimensions are - look at the picture and verify it is accurate so that the power plug hole etc fits.


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A:Office 2007 and a Dell Dimension E521

You can download a trial version and apply the key. But you have to choose the same distro to which the key applies (e.g. Home and Student). Just google it.

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My E521 came with the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4400+ processor and I read on some other threads that the AMD Athlot 64 X2 Dual-Core 6000+ should work, as long as I got the 89w version.  I purchased the following:
AMD ADA6000IAA6CZ Athlon X2 6000+ AM2 3.0GHZ 2MB 90NM 89W 2000MHZ TRAY
I am running the latest BIOS (1.1.11), running Windows 10.  However, my system doesn't recognize the new processor.  It boots, but still shows the 4400+ processor when I view the properties under "This PC" and also in device manager.  I even try scanning for new hardware in device manager, but the system doesn't see it. Another strange thing is that the 4400+ processor shows up twice in device manager under processors.
What can I do to get it to recognize the new processor?  

A:Dell Dimension E521 Processor Upgrade

Boot into the bios. How is the CPU listed in Processor Info? Boot back into windows. Download and run CPUZ. How is it listed?The Dell internal parts page for this model does not list a 6000+ CPU. The highest validated are =DR246 AMD Athlon 64X2, 5600+, 2.80GHz, 1MBX2, Dual Core, 89wPU630 AMD Athlon 64X2, 5600+, 2.80GHz, 1MX2, Dual Core, 89w

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I am looking for Dell drivers but I don't have the service tag for the machine. The label has
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will not work at all.
The dell site has so many drivers on it I don't know which ones to down load without
a service tag number.
Thank you,

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Good day!
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any idea why this is happening?

A:Dell E521 BSOD when readin a DVD/CD-ROM-Everytime

What is your current burning software installed? Try uninstalling the DVD/CD drive in device manager and reboot your computer and let windows detect and reinstall your optical drive software driver.

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As my McAfee Antivirus ran out a couple days ago, I uninstalled it. I also
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The file \minint\system32\hddrvr2\nvraid.sys could not be found.
Press any key to continue.

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I have a Dell E521 desktop, which I've had for nine years and one day I suddenly discovered the front power button was flashing an amber light and then over time the power gradually died completely. I then looked online to confirm it was the power supply at fault and so went on ebay and bought a new power supply the exact same as the original.
The problem I have now is that everything powers up fine with a front green power light, but it is now showing green diagnostic lights on the front panel which are clearly 2 & 4. I've looked in the manual and it says, 'a possible graphic-card failure has occurred'. I've tried taking my Radeon HD6450 graphic card out and reinstalled it and I've also tried booting with just the integrated graphics on the motherboard, but the lights remain stuck at 2 & 4 and the computer will not boot up properly. Only the Dell logo screen appears on my monitor and the bar underneath that fills white as it boots is only three quarters of the way white. It's really frustrating to be greeted with yet another problem which I don't think is the graphic card, because how can both go down at the same time?
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A:DELL E521 - diagnostic lights stuck at 2 & 4..?

Try clearing BIOS to clear that error:

Power off, unplug
Press/hold power button for ~15 sec
Open case and remove motherboard battery
Press/hold power button for ~30 sec
Make sure RAM modules, video card and other PCI cards are correctly seated in their slots
Reinstall the battery - use a fresh one since the old one may be weak/dead. CR2032 3-volt lithium ion battery
Close case and reboot

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I have an E521 Computer bought used. Can a person connect a IDE hard drive
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a floppy drive and a front panel connector.

I bought it used and have never started up. What should I check before I apply
power to it?

Thank you,

A:Dell E521 Computer drive connectors?

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Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium
Operating System and BIOS---BIOS Vendor-Dell Inc-BIOS Version-1.1.4
Processor--AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
Display Adapters---Radeon X1300 Series (Microsoft-WDDM) ATI Technologies Inc.

I TRIED TO RE-INSTALL WINDOWS VISTA WITH HOME PREMIUM INSTALL DISK (came with pc) and it backs up my old files and saves them? i dont have access to bios because when it gives option for bios at startup cant press F2 , keyboard isnt powered on till windows starts up - i also tried to do a system back up and it saved back up to my partition drive and only reached half way and said drive is full - b4 that my 2nd drive was 70% full- after it was 100% (getting warning that drive is low memory) -to make a long story short ,,how do i restore to ''out of the box condition''?---ps-- tried running the dell restore to original-- didnt work-- i hope this is enough info--thnx

A:FULL format -DELL DIMENSIONS E521 ? ??

If that Dell does not have PS/2 ports, you should be able to use the Dell USB KEyboard plugged in to the upper most usb port in the back. If it has PS/2 ports, you can use a standard keyboard for the installation.

What happened when you tried the Dell Restore?

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Hi Everyone,

I have a Dell Dimension e521 with the following:

AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ 2.00GHz
2.00 GB DRAM
Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
NVidia GeForce 7300 LE

it is a secondary computer in our house, used by the kids. Its starting to show its age a bit, though, and I'd like to see what I can do to allow it to run older games without spending more than $200 and without upgrading the power supply (if I can avoid it).

Looks like I missed my window of opportunity a bit on the CPU and video card, though. In both cases, the recommended upgrade choices for this model no longer seem to be available, though I can get a valid CPU upgrade option from for about $80 (looks to be retail, including fan). But, I'm not sure on the video card, and not sure about the memory. So, any advice would be welcome.


A:Dell Dimension e521 upgrade options?

If it's over 5 years old I would forget trying to upgrade it.
Standards and component fitting-types have changed since then, so much of what you would need to fit the existing motherboard is no longer being manufactured or stocked, warehouses have been cleared to make room for the new generation of upgrade components which won't fit a 5-year old motherboard.

Having a new motherboard fitted into to the existing case, then having new components fitted to that, whilst physically possible does not economic sense. The cost would be something approaching that of a new PC unless you bought the necessary parts and did all the work yourself. The bottom line is that a new PC would make much more sense.

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i have a dell dimension E521 and i recently bought an amd athlon 64 x2 5600+ socket am2 processor. does anyone kno how to remove the dell heatsink? il post a picture of it. im not gonna put a new heatsink. im gonna remove it to install the new cpu then reuse it. i need to kno wat to do after i take out the screws. here's the pic. two pics of the heatsink and 1 pic of the cpu.

A:Removing a heatsink from a dell dimension E521

Looks to me like you have already removed thge heatsink and removed the processor? What is the problem exactly?

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I'm new to community and this is my first Post Article
I own and use C521 /E521 Bois version 1.1.11 8/2/2007 and SMBIOS 2.4 Legacy
E521 use Amd Athlon64 X2 4400+ 2.4Ghz 2Mb Am2   Winsor
C521 use Amd Athlon64 X2 5600+ 2.80Ghz 2Mb Am2  Winsor                            
and I went to Upgrade to
Amd Athlon64 X2 6000 3.0Ghz 2Mb Am2  OR/AND
AMD Athlon64 X2 6400 3.2Ghz 2Mb Am2                                               
is AM2 Socket support  TDP 95W, OR/AND support TDP 125W.
I'm not familiars with the terms TDP 89W, 95W and 125W
can someone of the community explain what is the deferent, and which is the best to use in my systems.
I appreciate any comments about this article.

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Everytime I restart my computer, it stalls on bootup and I have to hold down the reset button until it powers off and then repowers on again.

It always stalls "half-way" on the bootup screen.

It just says Dell Dimension and it has this status bar that only goes halfway....

it has bios ver 1.1.4

But if i reboot again it will work...

any ideas?

A:Dell Dimension E521 - Bootup Stalls

Could be a memory error or something faulty with your PSU.

Try uninstalling your memory and reinstalling it then try again.

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Hi there, my friends Vista desktop has got the dreaded BSOD error and it will not boot.
Stop: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x8796A350, 0x8796A49C, 0x82860710)

I believe this is a hardware issue. I have tried running in safe mode, I have ran the startp repair and it says it can't fix this error, I then tried to do a System restore from the repair menu and it still gave the bsod, I tried chkdsk/r in command prompt and it can't get that far on boot.
I have removed all the RAM sticks and checked them and it apears they are not faulty.
I removed the cmos battery and then replaced it and it said voltage was low, could this be the problem?

I have also inserted a Vista dvd to try and boot the recovery console but as its loading up, about 3/4 of the way through it stops and gives error 0xc00000e9.
I can only guess this must be a hardware error.
i think he turned the PC off during a Windows update so could ahve messed it up.
Could the PSU be at falt, the wire makes 'crackling' noises when moved so maybe it has shorted in the past.

THanks for the help


A:Dell Dimension E521 desktop BSOD 0xf4

I have now tried a new CMOS battery which has not worked and I have also run a drive fitness test on the hitachi hdd and it returned as successful.
Can't quite understand what the problem must be!!

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Have 2 identical Dell Dimension desktops E521 series. 17" flat screen monitors with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE graphics card. Both run windows XP SP3. One in dtrs room, one in son's room.

Dtr called me, reports not being able to "type" on her screen. (was not there when this happened). tried a re-boot. Then monitor was just a black screen.

Came home, turned computer on, monitor light turns green for a second, then stays amber. When I try to toggle input mode (should be VGI) get error message that says "digital input in power save mode press computer button or any key on keyboard or move mouse". Pressing any button or moving mouse does nothing.

If I turn the surge protector off, i will briefly get the blue Dell logo. But a regular turn on off the computer gets me nothing at all on the screen.

Tried swapping out with son's monitor. His monitor is blank (black screen) amber power light, on her computer. Her monitor works fine on his computer.
Searching this message board and Dell support site (which sucks by the way), leads me to believe it might be a graphics card problem (?).

Of course, both computers are out of warranty.

I'm not afraid to open the case to switch out new cards if necessary. (have done this type of work on previous computers).

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Frustrated Mom (who is really hoping that this can be solved soon. Life with a 12 year old girl who can't be on AIM or MySpace really sucks... Read more

A:Dell dimension E521 - Blank Monitor Screen

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Hi everyone,

I recently installed Windows 7 in a partition of my hard drive along with XP. No problems at all with that but...

I recently purchased a DVB USB Dual Tuner Stick to work with Windows Media Centre. Been having problems with it from the dot but I think that is mainly down to the signal from the aerial.

What's happened though is I left it plugged in when I restarted my PC and now the BIOS takes for ever to get to the Windows loading screen and I can't even get into the BIOS for the reasons explained below.

I have a Dell Dimension E521 which has no PS2 port, yes no PS2 port! So I can't plug one of them in. So at the initial screen I can't press F2 to enter system setup to make sure 'Enable USB Legacy Devices' is checked. I've downloaded the latest BOIS flash form the Dell website which is the same version as the current one and applied that. When I switch on the PC my KB's lights doesn't come on straight away either like there is no power going to them. Also when Windows 7 is inactive for a while is goes into the locked mode and the KB and mouse won't work then. It's obviously a USB failure/problem?

I've seen people talking about taking the battery out of the Motherboard and clearing the CMOS, is that not risky and I could lose all my information or end up having a defunct Motherboard? How do I do that?

Any help will be greatly appreciated, I'm so annoyed!

A:USB Keyboard not working during boot - Dell Dimension E521

I was looking at a friends Dell Dimension e521 yesterday and it's associated problems.

Virii infections/spyware bad javascripts etc.

After a few attempts to run spyware and AV proggies, and have them halt with bogus errors, I decided to boot into safe mode.

OK rebooted pressed F8 and when the safe mode choices appeared the Ketboard and mouse were NFG in selecting any of the choices.

The only option was to wait for the timer to count down and "Start windows normally"!

Just what is it that freezes the keyboard till the LOGON screen?

Oh and there's no F2 or F12 execution at post to get into cmos/bios setup either. (KB is frozen here too).

There are no ps2 KB/Mouse ports on this machine only the USB port where the combo KB~Mouse single usb plug is inserted!

I did eventually get other, AV and Spyware proggie's on to the machine (Eset and Malwarebytes to replace McAffee) and they did find 3 virii and 46 pieces of spyware, one of which was the AV2009 crap, Which slipped right by McAffee!

Even after removing the above, the KB/Mouse stays frozen till "Logon"!

I thought possibly the virii and/or spyware had somehow been the culprit!

Just what is it that is disabling the KB/Mouse until "Logon"? Has anyone else had this problem with the e521?

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I've got an old Dell E521 desktop pc running Windows XP. I can boot it up fine but when it gets to the screen with (Start Windows normally) the timer counts down and then it goes back to the loading screen and loops like that? Note: I cannot press enter on run normally as I have no keyboard at the moment.

Also I am a bit of a noob when it comes to the complicated stuff so.....


A:My Dell Dimension E521 PC running XP, won't start properly?

Probably needs a new motherboard, or the trash can

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Hi - I have a Dell Dimension E521 which won't start up properly: when I turn it on I get a green flashing number 3 and 4 on the front and the fan is going - but nothing comes up on screen.

I haven't added or changed anything recently to it. I have tried unpluggin all the cables and plugging back in -but no change.

Can anyone help? Thanks!

A:Solved: Dell Dimension E521 Flashing lights but not action

heres the details on the diagnostic codes

3 and 4 - indicates memory issue - but not sure if thats the lights flashing
scroll down the page - tells you how to run a diagnostic

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Hi there,
I was thinking of upgrading my processor because I believe it is bottle necking my gaming performance. My current computer is composed of an AMD Athlon X2 4200+, 2.2GHz, Nvidia 9600GT 512MB video card, 2 Gigs Dell Ram, 250GB HD, Antec True Power Trio TP3-650 650W ATX12V Power Supply with Three 12V Rails. I was thinking of upgrading to a 5400+ or even a 6000+, but I'm not sure if it's compatible with my motherboard or w/e. If anyone could help me with this, I'd greatly appreciate it. Here is the info from CPU-Z in .htm format.

A:Upgrading my processor (Dell E521, AMD Athlon x2 4200+, 2.2Ghz)

If the dell BIOS allows it, the 5400 would be safest to upgrade to. 6000 and higher and you'll risk blowing up the board. The difference is 2.8 vs 3.0ghz.

I don't think a 600Mhz upgrade will help much. But here is a chart with Quake4:,1254,1226,1280,1316,1313,1312,1284,1310,1309

Going from 81fps to 95fps. Dell RAM is usually 533 or 667Mhz RAM, if its 533, going to 800Mhz would help a bit. A 9600GT is a fine card... going to a $160 ATI 4850 card would be a bit of a boost, that is faster than the old $600 8800GTX.

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Hey all,

I am working on a Dell Dimension E521. My aunt said that she messed with some settings and it's never booted up the same....When I boot the system it says "Boot from CD: Boot from CD: NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS F1 TO CONTINUE OR PRESS F2 TO SETUP MENU".

Soooo, when I press F2 it takes me to the BIOS, which has the following information:

System Info:
System: Dimension E521
BIOS Version 1.1.4 (12/09/06)

Boot Sequence:
1. Bootable Hard Drive (Not Present)
2. Onboard CD-ROM Drive
3. Onboard Floppy Drive
(all the rest say not present for USB, etc)

HDD Boot Sequence:
1. Bootable Add-in cards


Diskette Drive: Internal

Drive 0: SATA-0 = ON
Controller: Serial ATA
Port: SATA-0
Drive details: Drive ID =
Capacity = Unknown
BIOS = Controlled by system BIOS

Drive 1: SATA-1 = ON
Controller: Serial ATA
Port: SATA-1
Drive details: Drive ID =HL-DT-STDVD-ROM GDRH10N
Capacity = Unknown
BIOS = Controlled by system BIOS

Drive 2: SATA-2 = ON
Controller: Serial ATA
Port: SATA-2
Drive details: Drive ID =TSSTcorp DVD+/-RW TS-H653A
Capacity = Unknown
BIOS = Controlled by system BIOS

Drive 3 SATA-3 = ON
Controller: Serial ATA
Port: SATA-3
Drive details: Drive ID =
Capacity = Unknown
BIOS = Controlled by system BIOS

SATA Operation: RAID OFF (I also tried RAID ON but nothing happens past the Award/Phoenix screen...)

SMART Reporting: On

Onboard Devices:
Integrated NI... Read more

A:Dell Dimension E521 No Boot Device Detected Vista OS Failed Drive or MB???

Installed a new SATA hard drive yesteray & booted up the Vista disc. System detected new drive and install went smoothly. This thread can be closed.

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I own an xps 8900 and a upgraded psu Corsair 650 W and I want to update to a gtx 1060 , I should be ok with my psu but what length or dimensions of the 1060 is the max ? I was thinking about getting the EVGA 1060 FTW which is 10.5" long, or do I need to get a shorter version of the 1060 ?

A:Dell XPS 8900 and video card update

MSI GTX 970 4G Gaming is 10.91" x 5.51" and it fits fine in an 8700.
8700s and 8900s have the same case.
This thread has a bunch of different cards and some with pics in the 8700s
checkout page 26 for one of ours with the 970.

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hi tech guy forums,

I have a standard Dell Dimension 3000 pc at home that i regularly use for gaming. At the moment I have a Nvidia GeForce FX 5500 graphics card installed to help with gaming. I am interested in purchasing a new graphics card and was wondering if, in particular if a Nvidia 9600 GT graphics card will fit and comply with my computer. I am also upgrading my RAM form 512MB to 2GB if this helps in any way. If you have any other recommended graphics cards that may work with my pc please let me know.


A:Dell Dimension 3000 graphics card update

Your Dimension 3000 only has PCI slots for a graphics card, correct?

(according to dell, and my own experience, likely yes)

Without a PCI-Express or AGP card slot, gaming can not improve very much.

I also have a Dimension 3000 : P4 2.8 GHz - 768mb RAM, with a Geforce 6200 [256mb ddr2] PCI card. When it comes to gaming, it is outperformed by my old 1.4 GHz Athlon XP - 512 RAM - Geforce Ti-4200 [64mb], simply because the older computer has an AGP video slot ... the PCI bus is a VERY limiting factor.

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Hello everyone I have a very pressing problem. I had Vista running on my Inspiron 1520 Laptop. I recently upgraded to Windows 7, ever since then I have had terrible trouble with my Wireless Card. The driver for the card often comes up as not being able to start I often get Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card can not start Code 10. I have read that this was a problem when reinstalling a OS or installing a new one with this card. I believe I may need a driver for the chip set or something similar. I also understand that I may have to swap back to Vista though I really do hope I don't. I do believe that a recent update from Dell has made this problem chronic as I did not have this problem when I immediately got the laptop back.

I really am hoping that I can get some help here as Dell is not bothered to help as I am out of warranty and they don't seem to care about this older model laptop.

Thanks again for all your help


A:Dell 1520 Inspiron Problem with Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card

Welcome to SF, Conor. Dia dhuit.

Dell does not have a Windows 7 driver for your card. You can try installing the driver in compatibility mode.

HOW TO: Install a Hardware Device Driver using Compatibility Mode

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Ok so I just recently got a Dell optiplex GX 755 PC that has- 
*Intel core 2 quad processor 2.4 GHz
*8GB ram
*320GB hard drive (kinda small i know, i'm looking to upgrade that as well)
I'm posting this here to see if anyone knows mainly what graphics card i could get that would make my PC gaming friendly. It doesn't have to be the most amazing stellar quality card out there since iv had (some) people tell me that you cant upgrade these PCs much. But just some good quality advice on the subject and maybe a recommendation on what card brand to get as well as the specs for it. Also a recommendation for a video card would be greatly appreciated as well. Sorry for my ignorance on on the subject, i am new to the PC world. I ended up having to get this computer in a pinch because I am a small time graphics design artist and my laptop died, and I had orders coming in. I'm not looking for a quick fix to the problem so even if anyone has a solution that may take a bit or quite a few steps to get underway, the help is still greatly welcomed! I am hoping if its at all possible to make a good situation out of this and maybe build this PC to fit my needs. Thank you to anyone who can help!

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Ok so I just recently got a Dell optiplex GX 755 PC that has- 
*Intel core 2 quad processor 2.4 GHz
*8GB ram
*320GB hard drive (kinda small i know, i'm looking to upgrade that as well)
I'm posting this here to see if anyone knows mainly what graphics card i could get that would make my PC gaming friendly. It doesn't have to be the most amazing stellar quality card out there since iv had (some) people tell me that you cant upgrade these PCs much. But just some good quality advice on the subject and maybe a recommendation on what card brand to get as well as the specs for it. Also a recommendation for a video card would be greatly appreciated as well. Sorry for my ignorance on on the subject, i am new to the PC world. I ended up having to get this computer in a pinch because I am a small time graphics design artist and my laptop died, and I had orders coming in. I'm not looking for a quick fix to the problem so even if anyone has a solution that may take a bit or quite a few steps to get underway, the help is still greatly welcomed! I am hoping if its at all possible to make a good situation out of this and maybe build this PC to fit my needs. Thank you to anyone who can help :)

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Hello,first of all I am sorry for my bad English. Now about my problem. I have Dell Latitude 3350 laptop and everytime I search for drivers updates in Dell command update, Intel chipset device software update appears. I installed it, it says "succesfully installed", I restarted the laptop and then it appears again in Dell command update. Details of update: Version, A01, release date 17 Jun 2016, filename: Chipset_Driver_320CP_WN32_10.1.1.9_A01.EXE. Filesize 10 MB.And the same problem in Dell shows again and again Intel management engine components installer, version,A00. Filename: Chipset_Driver_78C1C_WN32_11.0.0.1158_A00.exe. Filesize: 98 MB.So can anybody help me to resolve install problems of these updates, please? Thank you in advance for you reply.

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In the boot sequence the SD Card reader is third -- after the SSD and the CD/DVD.  It is third in BIOS and third after pressing F12 during POST.  With a card in the SD Card Reader boot fails with what I call a green screen.  When I ran the repair CD with the SD card in the slot, the message was that the boot sector was corrupt.  Why is BIOS trying to read the SD Card instead of the SSD?  The SD card is SanDisk Ultra II SD 4 15 MB/s 2GB.  Please let me know when a new version of BIOS is available. 

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I've noticed broken fonts in Dell Command Update on my Latitude E6440, so I can neither update software or drivers nor uninstall command update. 

Could anyone help me resolve this issue? 
Additionaly, I have WiDi issues, but I'd like to resolve them by driver update. Unfortunately, I can't update anything using provided utility due to broken GUI.

A:Can't update, repair or uninstall Dell Command Update on Windows 10

victor.istomin,Thank you for notifying us about this issue. I have sent an email to the drivers team to resolve the page. For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-Jesse L and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your Dell Order number.You would click my name in blue, then on the next page in the upper right corner, click the words "send private message"

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After compiling all my drivers, I noticed that the video driver page offers to downloads as seen here Intel GMA High Definition Graphics Driver Driver Details | Dell US

Do I just need the update package or will I need to install the hard drive option below it as well?

A:Dell Video Driver update or hard drive update?

Hi ... That is just a Driver for your Graphics Installs on the Hard Drive ...

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I would like to upgrade my processor, however I have no idea what needs to be done or if I can. I have the AMD 64x2 3800+ right now but I don't know which one it is(939 or AM2).
Or will changing the chip set allow for a bigger socket ie. 1207FX? Or am I asking for trouble; because the computer will go fast and then just crawl, then speed up again.
Thanks for any help in advance!

A:Can I upgrade my E521 processor?

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Hello! I have a Dell Dimension E521 that I am installing Windows Vista 32 bit on to. It loads from the disc but will not boot if the disc is removed. I have changed out the CMOS battery but it still wants to reload the boot disc everytime. Any ideas?
thank you, Matt

A:E521 will not boot without disc

The problem is likely the Boot Sequence. Likely its set to boot from a floppy drive, CD/DVD drive or something silly before the internal hard drive.
Power up your Dell and press [F2] to access the BIOS setup, go to Boot Order and move internal HDD to the top. Then retry.
Note Windows Vista is effectively obsolete now and no version of Internet Explorer on it is supported now making it insecure. Google drop Chrome support for the OS in April.
I advise taking the unofficial Windows 10130 Upgrade path to Windows 10 Pro: (3:32 has the Boot Sequence in the BIOS setup)

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I have a Dimension E521 that was given to me. i want to turn it into a Linux box. When I turn it on, the power light is green, the fans are running, but NO video. I've read a lot on the web for this issue. I've unhooked all of the drives, video card and ram. When I took out the ram, light #1 came on showing that no ram was found. I even put in a different power supply that is known to work, and still nothing. Now looking at the MB or the chip itself. If this is the case, to the recycle place it goes...Any ideas??


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What is the stock processor and the BEST processor i can buy for my dimension E521?

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Hi, I replaced the fan and reboot the computer. The fan works ok but I always get the error message. I unplug and insert the connector of the fan to the motherboard and update the BIOS drivers. But nothing changes. How could I fix this issue?


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Hey all

How do I find out if one of the i7 quad cores is compatible with my Dell Dimension
e521? The motherboard is completely stock, but I've upgraded the RAM to 4gb, and the video card to a nVidia 9800GT. I am just looking around at faster processors because I need one for the software I'm using. Totally not interested in getting a new computer. Oh, and I'm also running Windows 7 32-bit. The processor I'm looking to replace is an Athlon 64 3200+ at 2.0 GHz. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks a lot!

A:Core i7 compatibility with Dimension e521


I searched Goolge for "Dell Dimension e521 Athlon 64 3200" Seems a lot of Users have it working together

You can find all you Dell specifications here:

And your Manual is here:

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Hey all, I'm a new member looking for help. After pressing the power button of the E521 the fans start running and the #2 diagnostic light comes on. I get nothing from my the keyboard, mouse or monitor which I know is good as well as the VGA cable connecting to the CPU's intergrated motherboard. Prior to getting to this point the system had a blinking "amber" power light but after re-seating the CDROM and Hard drive cables it went away. I've re-seated the memory, checked all other connections without success. I don't hear the sound of the system booting nor feel the hard drive working. OS is XP with an AMD 64 Anthlon X2, and of course the warranty is out. I'm thinking Power Supply but not sure after looking over the Dell Diagnostic Lights chart in the User's Manual. There are no peripherals connected and it is plugged directly into a wall socket. I thank the community in advance for any assistance I get.

A:Dimension E521 #2 Diagnostic Light

The diagnostic lights won't be much help, the Post is failing before the diagnostic routine can finish.

It is hardware related, it could be Any piece of hardware connected to the motherboard that is preventing the Post process.

1. CD rom
2. Hard drive
3. Memory modules
4. Power supply
5. Add in cards (PCI, AGP ect.)
6. Card Reader
7. Processor
8. Motherboard itself

you would need to start disconnecting hardware one at a time until you get a post screen or error screen, a process of elimination.


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Will my aspire e521 do blue ray? thanks.

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Hello all.

I've been looking to upgrade the hard drive on my E521. I've narrowed my search to a few options that I am able to afford and which I think look like good drives. I plan to do a fresh install of Windows XP Pro. I use my computer for graphic design work using software like Adobe CS5 and such, and also basic video editing, (I also have a new nVidia 9400GT video card that's working like a charm). I also play mid-level games, nothing too hardcore.

My current hard drive is about 372gb. I'm not sure of the cache size or the rpm.
I was looking a Western Digital drives, particularly the Caviar Black series. I searched a few and chose a couple Black and a Blue that I'm interested in.

My question is: Is there a recommended size for a boot/system drive? In other words, is it recommended to have a main drive be 1TB, or is that too 'unstable' as a boot drive? I read somewhere that a 640gb drive is more stable as a system drive, so that sparked my curiosity as to know what I should really get.

The drives I'm looking at are:

(please refer to attachment. I could not post links since I don't have enough posts in this forum)

From these, which one fits best for my system? Also, does it really matter if the main boot drive is as large as 1tb? Should I get a Black instead of the Blue?

Another thing is since I'm planning on installing WinXP Pro, should I try to install a fresh SP3 version from the start, since the ... Read more

A:Hard drive upgrade - Dimension E521 Help

I would recommend using the Caviar Black series over the Blue series. It's not that there is a problem with the blue series but the black series is better, IMO.

It depends on what your storage needs are as to what size drive you get. With WD I don't know if one size is more stable than another. For what it's worth I happen to use the 640GB Caviar Black hard drive on some of my PCs.

You can partition your large hard drive into a smaller operating system partition and the rest as storage. Perhaps a 60GB OS partition would be more than enough but others might have other opinions.

To simplify the installation of the large hard drives, I would recommend installing XP SP2 or SP3 or you could consider Windows 7.

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I have a Dell Dimension E521, it started a few days ago when it was running smooth, one day I turned it off. When I tried to turn it on a day later it wouldn't display an image on the monitor.

The computer power ups fine, the fans are blowing strong like usual on start up but do not stop blowing hard. Its like it gets stuck at the start up stage.

The power button flashes orange, while all components work in the computer, I have took out unnecessary parts such as CD ROMS etc.

I have checked all fans and every thing seems to be ok, but it wont display any image. (the monitor will not come out of standby)

Before I used to take out a random part and some how it would work after I plug it out and in again (switching power by mains off worked first, then taking the Ethernet cable out worked, then taking the ram out worked). This is quite random and I cannot think what it could be. I have taken everything out and pluged it all back in again, double checking all cables are correct and all devices are working correctly.

Please help me.

Dimension E521 is the model of my Dell Computer.


9600 GeForce Graphics Card

AMD Athlon 64 X2 Processor 3800 (2.00Ghz, 2x512K)

A:Dimension E521 - Orange Blinking Light

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I hope someone can help before I consider exotic dancing or street pharmaceuticals as a career....

I'm a computer tech - at it now for 17 years. Sadly, I work with a lot of "legacy" systems, which hasn't prepared me for this problem.

I have with me tonight a Dell Dimension E521 installed with XP Media Center. I'm trying to do a "soft install" of the OS, as the entire "Media center" portion is hosed.

The problem is: This thing has no PS2 ports, and a USB keyboard ceases to function as soon as I tell it to boot from the CD. It boots the CD, but I can't tell it to install the OS because the keyboard is useless.

I promised the unit back at 9AM tomorrow. Any ideas?

Thanks for any help!

A:Solved: Dimension E521 - Cannot soft-install OS

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Hiya guys. I recently acquired a Dell Dimension E521. I installed a WD? I believe 160GB SATA HDD. My issue is that I had to replace the CMOS battery cause it wouldnt save any info and kept saying it was "low". Anyhow I replaced it with success and the BIOS is saving info however. Both before and after the new battery if you let the tower boot up by itself it will go to a "No Boot Device" found screen or be preceded by a "drive 0 seek failure" then that "No Bot Device found" scrren will appear. BUT If I hit F12 to bring boot menu up then select onboard HD then My WD it will boot just fine. ANy ideas on what the heck is going on or why its doing that? Thanks in advance guys. BTW I have just updated the BIOS today because I have a dual core coming to upgrade it on Monday. It ahs a 3400+ Sempron which is really slow for Vista Basic 32bit

A:Solved: Dimension E521 No Boot device??

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Hey Everyone my Dell Inspiron 15 failed to upload an update, and then rebooted. 
Then it got stuck on the "Dell" screen and wont boot up Windows 8. I can get into the Bios, but nothing seems to help, and the Diagnostic test says that it cannot find the Hard Drive. 

Any help?

Peter Hamm

A:(Redirected) Dell Inspiron stuck on "Dell" screen after failed update...

As you have a laptop, best to post this in the Laptop Forum here: 

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I would like to ask for input on a subject that has certainly been well discussed on these forums, but I have yet to find a solution which I can make work.
The question is how to make “Stereo Mix” work on my now very dated (2007) but extremely useful Dell Dimension E521 Desktop, which I use as a general purpose server, especially for music.  It has MS Vista(32) and “SIGMATEL STAC 92XX C-Major HD Audio” chips.  (You have to give credit to Dell for great reliability!)
I see all the controversy, but remarkably Dell released a new driver R171789 on 20 Nov 2013, for apparently the single purpose of providing Stereo Mix.  Great, but the compatibility statement says Windows XP and 2000, and the installer refuses to install under MS Vista.  That’s a little frustrating, to say the least: if Dell is going to provide Stereo Mix, why not do it over all the systems prior to 2013?
Some posts suggest running the “setup.exe” file in XP compatibility mode, but the installer still refuses in the same way.
MS Vista has a compatibility mode for XP drivers, so I am wondering if it is possible to do something like install the XP drivers manually, so as to achieve the desired result.
Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

A:Dimension E521, SIGMATEL STAC 92XX, Vista, Stereo Mix

Some posts suggest running the “setup.exe” file in XP compatibility mode, but the installer still refuses in the same way.
MS Vista has a compatibility mode for XP drivers, so I am wondering if it is possible to do something like install the XP drivers manually, so as to achieve the desired result.

The first sentence means the same thing as the second sentence which you claim you already tried.

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Hi Yall,
So I have successfully (I think) installed my new Radeon R7 250 "low profile" graphics card on my Dell Optiplex 9020.  I plugged it in the motherboard, started up the computer then went to Device Manager to update the drivers--which I did.  Side note: Ever since plugging the graphics card into the motherboard, some tasks like starting programs or starting windows take 2-10X as long as they used to.  Anyhow, it then asked for a restart, which I did.  The computer still took extra long to start any program, and when I plugged the monitor into the graphics card all I got was a black screen. 
Take two:  I then read that I should have uninstalled my current graphics driver (Intel integrated HD graphics) before I installed my new graphics card, but failing this, I could uninstall my old graphics card and change the default graphics card in the bios.  I uninstalled the old card and went to the bios, but could not change the default...can't remember exactly what it called it, graphics controller or something.  I could see that intel HD graphics was still the default (this is after uninstalling intel HD graphics and then restarting) but could find no way to change this.  Supposedly dell will make the switcheroo on its own...but it doesn't seem to have. 
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My 9 year old has a dell optiplex 755 SFF, he is asking me to upgrade his video card so he can play games like minecraft and some games on steam.
We are on a budget and found this Sapphire radeon 6450 on newegg for $39.99
Will this work in his computer and allow him to play minecraft? steam?;cm_re=6450-_-14-102-933-_-Product&RandomID=1698470702508220150427173530

Thanks in advance

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This problem has been discussed a lot, but I haven't seen any conclusive answer on how to fix my current problem. Please read -- you're help is greatly appreciated:

My friend bought an upgraded copy of XP and decided to upgrade his version of XP to a valid, registered copy (XP SP2). Upgrading anything is a nightmare -- he should have never done this. He has an ATI 9600SE Video card and uses 2 monitors. Ever since upgrading, the ATI driver is no where to be found, AND in Device Manager, there is NO node for "Display Adapter" -- it simply doesn't exist. After deleting every trace of any ATI video drivers on his system, I downloaded the latest version of the ATI catalyst software and tried reinstalling, but everytime I do this, I get the following error in the middle of installation:

Setup was unable to complete the installation.
Try to setup your display adapter with a standard VGA driver before running setup.

When I go to Display Property / Settings, there is no mention of a display adapter there -- (I couldn't use 2 monitors if I wanted, because there is no option to do so). When I go to advanced, the adapter is the "VGASafe" windows adapter. So, I think that the standard VGA adapter is ALREADY installed (it is DEFINITELY VGA resolution, so it has to be using a driver, and it must be using THIS driver, which I believe is windows' "standard VGA driver", is this correct?) One of my thoughts, was ... Read more

A:Cannot update ATI video card after Windows XP Update

any thoughts on this one? thnx.

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Hi. I have a Dell Inspiron 5759.
May I ask if it's possible to view a list of what has been installed by Dell Update?
If I type 'Dell Update' in to Windows 10 search bar, I am informed that this is a desktop application.

But selecting this does not open an application, instead a desktop message appears "Dell update: Get the latest updates from Dell".
The application "Dell SupportAssist" is nice but I don't see an option to see which Dell updates have been installed. Is this possible? I'd really like to see what has downloaded to my computer.
Thanks in advance for any info.

A:Dell Update

I have just updated "Dell SupportAssist" and it does appear to show more details about updates.
I'm still not sure that it's possible to see a clear list of what Dell Update alone has installed.

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Dell Automated update ran and now my screen resolution says it is the same but everything is bigger and I can't get it back the way it was. it also changed how one of my programs works and erased all my projects I had completed since I installed it. where can I find the DELL update history and reverse it?

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hi guys im looking at a geforce gtx450 or 460 for my dell 545s slimline, will it fit, or any other suggestions on cases,and what psu ill need any info would be great

A:graphics card for dell

The Inspiron 545s only takes low-profile cards. I believe that neither the 450 or 460 are available in low profile. (At I see a low-profile 430, which probably isn't a fast card, but it is a Fermi series product.)

It also has a 250W PSU, which is lower than recommended for most add-in cards.

I'm not sure, but I don't think that a standard ATX power will fit in the case.

If you wish to move the motherboard to a standard case, be aware that the connector for the front panel stuff (power switch, power LED, drive LED, etc.) is a Dell proprietary design. That may not make it impossible, but it'd be more work than with an industry standard motherboard.

My advice: treat the PC an an appliance, as Dell intended. If you want a PC that uses industry standard components, build one. (It's what I've done since 1997.)

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Is the Dell wireless card Intel Wireless N 2230 compatible to work with a printer that will only recognise up to G but will not accept N ?.

A:Dell Wireless Card

Quote: Originally Posted by denwilliam

Is the Dell wireless card Intel Wireless N 2230 compatible to work with a printer that will only recognise up to G but will not accept N ?.

Hi denwilliam,

Intel Wireless N 2230 supports b/g/n at 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz as well. It should be able to connect to the printer as well which works on G mode.

If it is a Dell Printer once it is connect to the Network(Router) all the devices connected to the router should be able to access the printer.

Please check the specifications of the printer at the below link:

Hope it helps.

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i bought this desktop (dell xps 210) about 6 months ago now.

I upgraded my video card to Radeon X1300 Series when i first bought it.

As you know, this desktop has really small cases which i regret now.

I really like to upgrade my video card that will play video games such as WoW, Guild Wars

at the best condition it can be. i coudln't find which video card will fit into this desktop.

If someone out there can help me to choose the video card, that would be very appreciated.

my budget is $250 for the video card.

Above is the link to my system. (I have 2 GB Memory, not 4 GB)

Thank you

A:DELL XPS 210 Video Card. Please Help!

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Hi all....I need to find a way to run at least 3 monitors from my Dell 8300. I have a dual output AGP card running now. The only 3-4 monitor cards I can find are PCI and I have no clue whether the MB will support a PCI style card. I have tried to contact Dell but I might as well be talking to a stick...Any help and info greatly appreciated...Thanks, Mike the "Ice-Man"

A:PCI card for Dell 8300

look at the stickies at top, post on the PCI video card one.

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Thinking of purchasing a Dell laptop but when I discovered it had Dell 1704 card it made me think again.From browsing the web it appears that a great many who have this card in their laptop can have a few problems,true or false?.

A:Dell Wireless Card

Guessing no replies because....

If you have done the research, you already know the answer.

If it's a wireless card in a slot, it's replaceable, I wouldn't worry all that much about it, new drivers or firmware has surely come out since it became available.

[Card approved by Dell in July 2012]

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Hi i have a inspiron 2650 laptop which looks like graphics card has gone im told no one will supply this except dell details are nvidea g force 2 go ref no 080521000112
part no on card is CN-09T011 REV A01 ANYONE HELP

A:dell graphics card

search engines are amazing in what they can find,
did you try google?

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I am trying to install a better video card in my Dell Dimension E310. What I am trying to do is watch Netflix DVDs on my TV. I bought a E-Geforce 6200 PCI 256VGA TV card and when I install it my computer would not power up. Tried the card in another computer and it would not power up either. I figure it is a bad card, but my question is...has anyone else done this with a Dell?

A:Video card and Dell

If the card would not work in two pc's odds are that it is bad. Is it new?

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Need help trying to decide between two diff laptops a precision m4600 or a elitebook 8560w. Will the hp allow a dell mxm in card? Have anyone that is reading this discovered this somewhere and can verify? I appreciate it thanks.

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hello i am looking to guy a new graphics card to play online games. i have a Dell Demenson 4400 and i want to buy a good graphics card for this computer to support the online game americas army 2.7... and another thing do i have a pci slot or an agp slot??

thanks split

A:I need a new graphics card for a dell..

It has an AGP slot. But you need to upgrade your memory, and video card. You have 128 or 256MB. And 512 or 768 or 1gb are NEEDED to do any gaming.

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I've been reading somewhat through these forums and my problem seems to be the same for a lot of dell users. My horizontal dots on the screen like this appears to be the same with others. Now I have re-installed the Nvidia driver and the problem remains. I've take the hardware accelerator down 1 notch and the dots go away but games are glitchy and videos dont play. If I take it down 4 levels then I can play only some movies but games are still glitchy. I have a Dell XPS M170 w/ media center, nvidia geforce go 7800 gtx graphics card. I only have about a week to fix this problem due to being deployed soon. If anyone has any clue to what this issue is any help would be greatly appreaciated. Thank you

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I a problem with my graphic card.Color Quality cant be increased more than 4 bit. THe pc has been formated and now I dont know what kind of Video(graphic) Card it is.

My PC Information
Desktop DELL
Intel Pentium 4
2.4 ghz
512 Ram Memory
Windows XP sp 2

Do you have any Idea what kind could it be....ATI or NVidia....Can you help me with this DRIVERS?



A:DELL Graphic card - help please

Download this and run it. Post what you have. And Dell model #

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i am going to buy this graphics card for my dell dimension 3000 desktop computer because the one i currently have is a Intel 82865G Graphics Controller.
This is the graphics card i am going to buy:

Will this graphics card allow me to watch HD videos on my computer offline or online without it be choppy or sluggish?

A:Dell Graphics Card?

Investigate the power supply, Dell 3000 stock ps may not be up to task to run a vid card.
I would further post this on

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I've got a dell inspiron 531s that came with a wireless card that I can't figure out what it is. I down?graded from vista to xp and found drivers for everything but the wireless. I tried dells website and both the wireless drivers on there don't install the wireless card. I tried contacting their support and it says my support is expired. On the invoice it says the wireless card is a "internal pci 802.11g wireless network card, half height" any help would be nice thanks!

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I am going to be getting this card

and i am wodering if my my dell powersupply is up to it. it has 305 watts and dual 12 v rails with 18 amps on each. will my powersupply be able to handle it or will my computer not bootup or constanty restart.

A:Will i be able to run this card with my dell powersupply

That's going to be cutting it pretty close. There is a chance you may be OK, as that PSU has decent power on the 12v rails, but you are a little low in the watts. I see you also have a sound card installed... it's going to depend on how much other hardware you have in there.

You can get a ballpark number here:

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I have a Dell 24" monitor with the built in card reader and was wondering how to get it to work in win. 7 If I remember correctly I have to enable a feature for it to work. Can anyone help me?

Thanks Jack

A:Dell Card Reader

Go to the dell site and download the drivers


You should have a servcie tag on the back of the monitor

It will show in device manager, I don't know if yours is a teac model but it will look like the pic below

I believe to use it the monitor has a usb connection to hook to your computer, which will probably load the drivers automatically. Found a pic for you, it uses a Black USB 2.0 A/B cable

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My neice got a dell & it has a 802.11 b/g card, so can I get a b router for her wireless network?

A:will a 802.11 b router be ok with new dell card?

It will work with a 802.11b router, but obviously the 802.11g router would be a better choice...

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Hi, my sister has a Dell XPS 410 running Windows 10 and I was wondering if you could update the BIOS on Windows 10 or just make a temp XP install and update it that way instead.P.S Reason I want to update the BIOS is so I can put a Core 2 Quad in it.

A:Dell XPS 410 BIOS Update

Yes, when you have Windows 10, the BIOS can still be updated.
NOTE: BIOS version 2.5.1 is required, when new CPU Support was added.

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I have been trying to install the latest version on a xps 410 but the problem is i need to do it in ms dos because windows won't update the bios with the downloadable bios update file from the website and ive tried to do it with ms dos boot but I need to input the file name in the command line but it will not accept it im using rufus should I be using it or do I use something else.

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About six months ago, I upgraded the hard drive for my Dell Inspiron 2200 from the original 25 GB to a Western Digital 120 GB. Two weeks ago, the drive failed and I returned the drive to Western Digital for replacement. Today I received the replacement drive and Western Digital has sent me a 250 GB drive. My problem is that the original BIOS (1.10 A03) supports a maximum drive size of 120 GB. I've checked Dell's website and as far as I can determine, none of the BIOS updates address a larger hard drive. Can anyone verify that I am correct about this? I can't email Dell about it, since my warranty has expired. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:Dell BIOS update

I found this

"The BIOS will support a 120G EIDE (NOT SATA) drive. Larger drives will show 137 G"

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One of my coworkers brought in one of her personal machines, which is completely new (still packaged up and everything); an HP ProDesk. After going through the initial setup and installing AVs, changing IE settings and all that good stuff, I ran Windows Update. For some reason, a Dell, Inc. update showed up.

Should there be any reason for this?

Thanks in advance.

A:Dell, Inc. Update on an HP computer??

Are there any Dell peripherals attached to the machine? I'm thinking something like a monitor, mouse or keyboard.

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Just looking around the Dell site and noticed a number of hardware driver updates are in the "Recommended" category. Things like the DVD drive, Broadcom card (Ethernet adapter), Dell wireless (WLAN) card, and a couple of others.

My computer is working just fine and being a fan of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", I'm inclined to leave it alone. Would just like some opinions....

A:Update Dell Drivers???

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So my question is will the standard dell LGA 775 support this cpu ?:

Intel Pentium 4 670 3.8GHZ LGA 775 2M/800M SL7Z3 | eBay

The question is will my Bios recognize this cpu ??
Will it work ?

Thanks in Advance my Current CPU is a Pentium 4 HT 3.00Ghz

A:Question about my old dell 'want to update a bit'

Quote: Originally Posted by GianniDPC

So my question is will the standard dell LGA 775 support this cpu ?:

Intel Pentium 4 670 3.8GHZ LGA 775 2M/800M SL7Z3 | eBay

The question is will my Bios recognize this cpu ??
Will it work ?

Thanks in Advance my Current CPU is a Pentium 4 HT 3.00Ghz

What bios rev?

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Windows 10 on a Dell XPS8900 desktop tower. I am getting a message telling me there is a Dell BIOS update available and recommending that I do it.

In the systray, there is a Dell icon that says my system is up to date.

Should I ignore the BIOS update? Sounds major and I'm nervous about it.
Thanks, cb

A:Dell BIOS Update - Should I ?

How is your PC working?? If it's not having any issues I wouldn't.

Even BIOS updates make me nervous..

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