What is this part?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by TVeblen, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. TVeblen

    TVeblen Guest

    Hi all. Whilst dump-picking one fine rainy day I picked up a Dell Dimension
    8100 puter, intact except for the hard drive. Took it home, cleaned it up,
    plugged it in. No video. Loose wire on molex on the GeForce FX5200. Little
    solder, everything works. Cleared the BIOS, stuck an old HDD in, it's good
    to go!

    It has a module on the main board I've never seen before. Between the
    Processor and the AGP slot there is a slot that looks like 1/2 of an ISA
    slot with a tall, thin card. Looks like memory. There is little info on the
    card. Googled the numbers on the card, E169497, and it looks like it is
    server memory. I don't see anything in BIOS that pertains to this. What is
    this for? What does it do? Would it have any negative effect on a home
    computer that I would be giving to one of the techno-phobes in my family?

    Main Board: Dell part number, starts with MX (I will be looking that up)
    Phoenix BIOS v1.10 Rev A02
    P4 1.30 GHZ 478 pin 100MHz Bus speed
    256MB RDram
    Sond Blaster Live
    Samsung DVD ROM
    LG High speed CD-RW

    TVeblen, Jul 23, 2006
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  2. TVeblen

    TVeblen Guest

    This board has on-board NIC. So maybe this memory is for that function.
    Still can't find the info on the motherboard to get specs or a schematic.
    Plenty of for sale stuff. No info. Can't tell for sure which 800 series
    chipset is on the board. Dell operation manual for the 8100 says 850, Dell's
    chipset driver for the actual unit is 810. Who made the boards for Dell?
    TVeblen, Jul 23, 2006
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  3. TVeblen

    Bob Knowlden Guest

    According to Dell's support pages:


    the slot is a "VRM connector". VRM usually means Voltage Regulator Module.
    VRMs are usually soldered onto the board, but this one may be an exception.

    It may be an OK system for a technophobe. Its main drawback (applies more to
    those who aren't technophobes) is that it uses RDRAM memory.

    Address scrambled. Replace nkbob with bobkn.
    Bob Knowlden, Jul 23, 2006
  4. TVeblen

    job Guest

    Dell BIOS's have tons of hidden crap.

    job, Jul 24, 2006
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