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Dell Power Supply Replacement Info *OLD*

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Uploaded on Feb 4, 2011

Remember: Don't open up a power supply if you don't know what you're doing! They contain components that can contain voltages that can kill you. I know what I'm doing, and that's why I'm not dead. I left this unplugged for weeks before opening it up, and opened it up very carefully. If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it. Learn and follow safety procedures.

This information was relevant for older Dell computers, it may no longer be relevant for modern Dells. The thing to remember is that some computers have proprietary form factor power supplies that make it hard to find replacements. Sometimes you can get an exact replacement, sometimes you can get a better model.

My Dell Power supply failed after 6 years, and I wanted to see if anything was wrong visually. I couldn't find anything out of the ordinary. I always kept my PC clean, but dust managed it's way into the power supply, although I don't believe it was the cause of failure. Some new Dells may use ATX power supplies, seems to be the trend, but always check before replacing the supply, as you may be able to fit a standard ATX supply opening up more options.

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