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Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby oeuvre » 2018-5-03 @ 13:53

Got a Dell Dimension XPS D333 in the mail yesterday. Spent some time cleaning it up and removing scratches, marks, etc. with a magic eraser + isopropyl alcohol. I probably won't retrobright anything except maybe the 5.25" and 3.5" blanks. The only issue it had was when I first booted it would report itself as a D233 233MHz Pentium II. Had to set the BIOS jumper to configuration and then change it in BIOS to 333MHz. Now the processor runs as intended. Here are some pictures and specs!

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From 1998... specs are as follows:
Intel Pentium II 333MHz Slot 1 Processor
384MB RAM (max)
3.5" floppy drive
CD-ROM drive
ATI 3D Rage Pro Turbo 8MB AGP video card
3COM 3C905B-TX PCI ethernet card
Turtle Beach Montego Aureal AU8820 A3D PCI sound card
Creative Sound Blaster AWE64 CT4500 ISA sound card
Adaptec 39160 PCI SCSI card
Maxtor 90432D2 4.3GB 5400RPM IDE hard drive
Seagate Barracuda ST32550W 2.15GB 7200RPM 68-pin SCSI hard drive
PS/2 ports
2xUSB 1.1 ports
Parallel port
Serial port
2xGameports
VGA
Audio in/out jacks
Ethernet
Meticulously cleaned inside and out!

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dem rear ports... According to the service tag, ship date was August 31, 1998

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The guts

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Had to get a bit creative with that Seagate SCSI drive since it runs very hot. It should have a fan blowing on it, so I screwed a 92mm fan in the 2nd HD bay.

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Blurry close look at the CT4500

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dat Barracuda

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ATI Rage Pro Turbo AGP video card

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3COM 3C905B-TX PCI network card

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Turtle Beach Montego A3D PCI sound card with Aureal AU8820 chip

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Creative Sound Blaster AWE64 CT4500 ISA sound card

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Adaptec 39160 SCSI card

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Seagate Barracuda ST32550W 2.15GB 7200RPM 68-pin SCSI hard drive

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Pretty busy there

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This drive is so damn cool.

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Maxtor 90432D2 4.3GB 5400RPM IDE hard drive

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It's ALIVE!

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Logitech MouseMan+ PS/2 mouse M-CW47

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IBM Model M keyboard made by Lexmark part # 52G9658

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Boot screen

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MS-DOS 6.22 on the SCSI drive

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NSSI System info

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DOSSHELL

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Installing Norton Commander

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NC in action

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Defragging

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What's a DOS PC without DOOM?

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IRC in DOS

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Windows for Workgroups 3.11 runs like a charm.

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Windows 95 on the IDE hard drive!

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AIDA32 system info
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby shamino » 2018-5-08 @ 15:12

That's a nice machine. I've always liked the look of these.
At some point I ended up with 2 of these cases, one being a 300 and the other a 333. I ended up disposing one of the cases, combining the best parts into one basically. I'd love to build it into a useful machine as you have.
I think these were the machines where I noticed that the boot screen automatically adjusts it's branding based on what CPU you have installed.

I'm not sure what the original keyboard for these was, but I have a white Dell QuietKey keyboard that seems to be an aesthetic match. But then I found a black version of the same keyboard, so I guess the QuietKeys straddle the transition period from white to black.

I love the SCSI drive. Those go really well with PCs of this age IMO.
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby nekurahoka » 2018-5-08 @ 15:43

Great XPS machine. Really good condition too. That'll be a good all-rounder for DOS/9x.
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby oeuvre » 2018-5-09 @ 13:09

Thanks! That's exactly what I'm using it for, DOS + 3.11 + 95. It works perfectly now and runs well. They did originally come with Dell Quietkey keyboards
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby chinny22 » 2018-5-10 @ 12:50

Good to see another Dell with the "evil" ATX connecter still getting some love. as they are actually nice PC's
I was going to make mine the "ultimate" Win3x PC, but practicality got the better of me and I stuck with Win98

shamino wrote:I'm not sure what the original keyboard for these was, but I have a white Dell QuietKey keyboard that seems to be an aesthetic match.


Also use a quitekey keyboard with my XPS T500. Don't think its what originally came with it either but its a nice keyboard and matches the PC
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby oeuvre » 2018-5-11 @ 13:23

My parents had an XPS D300 then got an XPS T450 and an XPS T550 in 1999. All of those came with the QuietKey keyboard but IIRC not the coveted RT7D5JTW one.
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby NJRoadfan » 2018-5-11 @ 18:42

I serviced quite a few of these back in the day and sold a refurbished one to a collector a few years ago. These machines came with Windows 95 OSR 2.1 from the factory, although that late 1998 shipment might has had Windows 98 as an option. Just about every system I came across had a DVD-ROM drive with a Cinemaster MPEG2 hardware decoder card as the D333 was the top of the line configuration for most of 1997-98.

Specs of the machine I had are here: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/showthread.p ... -II-system

All of that is factory shipped hardware.
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby oeuvre » 2018-5-16 @ 13:32

Good stuff! Mine didn't come with a DVD drive but I've seen plenty of similar era Dells with DVD drives + the same MPEG decorder card. They're tanks and easy to work with.
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby appiah4 » 2018-5-16 @ 15:42

I also own one and mine came with the DVD decoder connected to an STB Riva 128. The original 2x DVD-ROM was long dead though, replaced with an ASUUS 50x CD-ROM so it was not being used. I will be restoring and refurbishing that system pretty soon, so I will upgrade it with a suitable beige DVD-ROM drive, probably a 16x though.

Also, some of these seem to have come with an SB AWE64 Value, while some came with a Turtle Beach Montego I (or II) but I can't tell why.

In the meantime, mine is lacking one of the 3.5" covers, and the chassis is not really compatible with ordinary case front covers. So I need to find a good way to fill an extra 3.5" bay. Is a ZIP drive a stupid thing to tack onto a 1998 Pentium II system?
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Re: Dell Dimension XPS D333

Postby oeuvre » 2018-5-16 @ 16:11

Mine came with the Montego I and I added the CT4500 I had lying around. ZIP drive is period correct. My dad's XPS D300 had a zip drive IIRC
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