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Old 07-30-2008, 10:10 AM   #1
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Model #: PS-5161-1D1S

This is for a Dell computer. My brother in law fried this one somehow and wants a new one. The Dell company sells them for $119.00 - Seems high to me for a powersupply so I'm guessing this is just a Dell price tag. I don't know much about power supplies and was hoping someone could tell me where to look for a cheaper one that would fit just fine.

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Old 07-30-2008, 10:16 AM   #2
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This is for a laptop?

If so, you have to disable your battery detector, because dell has a lovely feature where the laptop will not charge if it is not using a Dell Certified PS..

I am trying to remember how to do so.

As far as getting a new one, you can buy one from anywhere; it doesn't have to be Dell Certified.

Oh I see this is for an actual PSU for a desktop...

Well, looking at it

http://www.atxpowersupplies.com/imag...PS-5161-7D.gif

It is much differently shaped than any of the normal sized PSU's so you might have to get the Dell one...I'm not sure, soz :P
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Yeah toole, it's for a desktop. I can't see anything that tells me if its ATX or whatever, size specs, nothing. Just another Dell thing that is ticking me off. If he gets a mishaped one, can he just mount it differently ? Even duct tape it right ?
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I wouldn't suggest duct tape..

And although I haven't done a lot of extensive case modding, I don't see too much of an issue with mounting a PSU that isn't meant for the case etc

What desktop model is it?



I've owned a couple Dells..mainly laptops...

I HATE DELL !
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I hate Dell as well. I'll get the specs tonight when I get to see the computer myself.

I don't know much about powersupplies though. Can I get away with using a different type ?
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Can I get away with using a different type ?
I'd like someone else to butt in on this, before I give you a definite answer, but I would imagine you shouldn't have an issue using a different PSU, just make sure you get the same power connex and what not.

Imo, wait for some more posts (this afternoon) and get that model name tonight.
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okay, thanks toole. Not in a rush with this anyways, just poking around for what kind of options we have.
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The problem is with companies such as Dell, Gateway, and HP; Is that switching out any part for a 3rd party part will make the computer not work. But if your brother (i think that who where talking about) needs a new one it must not be that powerfull. So you could go buy one and try and if it doesn't work go and return it.
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With HP and Compaq it isn't a problem anymore. They went to the ATX standard. Some of their cases are inverted ATX which is kinda neat.
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With HP and Compaq it isn't a problem anymore. They went to the ATX standard. Some of their cases are inverted ATX which is kinda neat.
Oh, but for a example if you change the hard drive on one the computer will not start. At least with dell, I had this problem. I fried my motherboard with gateway, and gateway mounts their mobo on the other side so it is nearly inmpossible to get a replacement.
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