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Old 05-23-2015, 08:11 PM   #61
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Bummer about the difficulty in reusing the OEM cases. I like the big honking heatsink and CPU fan of the tower I have. But do see how where the screws for the plastic heat sink guard screws into the mobo can be a think just for that case.

What's interesting is with my computer repair, now the "sleep' function works. Previously, I try to put the computer to sleep, but it would put up a fit and just stay awake. I'd either have to put the PC on hibernate or shut down.
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:29 PM   #62
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You can modify any case to make it work with anything. The results just might not be pretty. And you'd spend hours cutting and drilling material that is pretty flimsy.

But, there are creative spirits in this world, and some get interesting results. This link opens to images of computer case modifications:

https://www.google.com/search?q=comp...w=1280&bih=837
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Desktop Power Supply Died

I admire your determination in solving this problem. I nominate a secondary superhero username: Silver Surfer.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:56 AM   #64
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I admire your determination in solving this problem. I nominate a secondary superhero username: Silver Surfer.
Thanks. I"m glad to have the desktop back.

If necessity is the mother of invention. Then desperation is the sister of determination
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Your comment about problems related to sleep mode reminded me of what eventually made me think the power supply on my PC (a Dell, but the more consumer-oriented Dimension line) has seen better days.

It started getting errors, unresponsive and nothing but the blinking amber light on the front panel. Looking at the event logs consistently pointed to failure in the sleep-wake transition. I'd first wondered if the hard drive was the problem but it seemed fine. For now, I just shut it down when I'm done with the PC for the day. I need it up and running a lot less since my working days. I'll see about a more permanent solution in the future but for now it was an additional motivation to make sure I have continual backups to an external drive.
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This is esoteric info I'm sure, but I am consistently surprised when I find a solution accidentally, and I feel so brilliant.

We're discussing Dell here, so all the model and such don't matter IMO. I have a Dell monitor with USB ports. I used it for my last three systems over a 5-year period. With my newer XPS8700 I had a few scares, where the system wouldn't wake from sleep. Even scarier it wouldn't do anything after a reboot.

Eventually I had a moment of Zen and decided to unplug the monitor USB cable from the system. The monitor hub is failing, or whatever. Once unplugged from the system, I could boot fine and have no problems waking the system.
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I had someone bring me a laptop that was not booting. After fiddling with it for for a bit I finally noticed a tiny USB something plugged in ( forget what it was ) removed that and it booted fine. I have taken non booting PCs apart, then reassembled to barebones and magically start working...

The sleep/hibernate function seems to be less than expected. I see a lot of systems than never seen to come out of hibernate fully functional. End up powering down and reboot.
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