First post, by athlon-power
I recently acquired a Dell Dimension V333c, a 333MHz Slot 1 Celeron based system. The problem I've found is that it uses a PSU with a sort of half AT motherboard connector design that connects alongside the standard 20-pin ATX connector. The second problem is that the PSU in question is toasted (though it did come with it- model number of the PSU is PS-5201-7D). The system won't even so much as spin the fans without that extra connector hooked up, it seems. Are there any options for me to jerryrig a solution using spare parts or will I have to go out and buy the same model of PSU on eBay?
The connector looks like this:
The cable that the PSU itself uses to interface with this fully standard and not dumb at all connector design is the weird AT looking thing with the blue and black wires:
Also, if somebody can give me a valid reason as to why they would use such a strange design, please do inform me. I'd be intrigued to find out because I have no idea why they would do this- there doesn't appear to be anything extra on the motherboard that would require the extra oomph in electricity.
I've tested the CPU, changed out its thermal paste, cleaned out the case entirely, and tested the HDD in it, but I can't test the motherboard because of that moronic connector. If I was an idiot I'd just hook up an ATX PSU to it and then grab my single (I have no others) AT PSU and hook the connector with the matching keying into that slot, turn both PSUs on and blow the thing up.
Where am I?