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kaycee

Rock Springs, WY

#1 Sep 6, 2006
bought a new xps 400 in july. it melted down in 2 weeks. dell sent parts for 4 weeks. they sent a replacement cpu finally. it was a scratched, abused, refurbished unit that had the wrong connectors. they decided to refund--what a laugh. it takes 30 to 60 days to process. in the mean time they charged a re-stocking fee and return freight. must have talked to 30 people in india. not one ever knew what had taken place so, had to start over each time. NEVER AGAIN AT ANY PRICE.
Sean

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Sep 18, 2006
You probably didnt invest the 30 bucks to get a decent surge protector. Computers dont just melt down. You must have been trying to overclock it or doing something you really shouldnt have been doing. 99.999% of computer problems are caused by the user and not the computer itself.
Tony

Folsom, WV

#3 Sep 30, 2006
I agree with Kaycee...I had a XPS400 that did the same thing. No overclocking here...It went through 2 power supply's and I had been using an Battery Backup. It was just a junky computer...
Shafty

Seattle, WA

#4 Dec 11, 2006
Tony wrote:
I agree with Kaycee...I had a XPS400 that did the same thing. No overclocking here...It went through 2 power supply's and I had been using an Battery Backup. It was just a junky computer...
My friends XPS 400 has been bad as well. Video card went out on him though. No CPU problems yet. He re-formats it all the time and Dell's junk software is hard to get rid of (it always re-installs itself even if you use regedit) His DVD drive went out too.
Rick

Plymouth, WI

#5 Dec 12, 2006
I have had my xps 400 for about a year now no problems at all...ya sure i do a reformat every month but thats just to keep it running up to date...with out spy ware or viruses...i dont see how you guys have problems i play high demanding games on it and make it over runn it self all the time its up 24/7 and has had an upgrade or two and still no problems...you guys must have had done sumthing wrong i love dell and i would buy from them again..in fact this is my 7 PC from them
KEGC

Los Alamos, CA

#6 Jun 13, 2007
I have had my xps 400 for a year. No problems
I'm running Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.20GHz
Porcessor 3.12GHz
Ram 1024MB
Running Windows XP Professional
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
Two Serial ATA Hard drivews 130Gig each
Would like to overclock it but not sure how to!
xps rules

Midland, MI

#7 Sep 14, 2007
ive had my xps400 sinse the model first cam out. ive never had any problems with it, although it wasnt the greatest gaming pc before i modded it. As far as the meltdowns are concerned, dell may have changed suppliers for the components. A crossed wire on the motherboard could destroy the computer easily.

ps- the best thing ive ever done for my xps was replace the os with vista home premium... its like XPS was made for vista... and... NO MORE ADWARE!!!

im putting a quadcore processor in it soon, and mabey some blue leds!
Steve

Santa Clara, CA

#8 Sep 26, 2007
I've got a 2 year old XPS400 that will not boot and displays a bunch of 0s all over the screen. Its hard for me to believe that the harddrive and video card could go out at the exact same time. I'm wondering about the power supply? Anyone have any ideas? Thanks for any insight ... Steve
its tight yo

Bellingham, WA

#9 Nov 2, 2007
had mine since forever never had a problem,it now has PNY optima memory DDR2 pc2-5300 667mhz no oc'ing running 4gb memory. Running like that for 3 months and planning to upgrade processor soon and power supply too.
Beachbum

Newport News, VA

#10 Nov 5, 2007
At least you recieved a computer, I ordered a loaded XPS-400 quad core on 10/17, and they have extended the shipping date today for the second time. The dude from India said the 22 inch monitor and 500 g hard drive were "back ordered"
KAOS 420

Petaluma, CA

#11 Nov 17, 2007
DELL MOTHERBOARDS ARE WIRED DIFFERENT SO ONLY UPGRADE TO A DELL POWER SUPPLY OR YOU WILL BURN THE MOTHERBOARD,PLUS DELL UNDER RATES THEIR POWER SUPPLIES 375W IS LIKE A 550-600W REALY. XP ONLY READS 2.75 GIGS OF MEMORY, IF YOUR NOT RUNING VISTA 3 GIGS IS PLENTY OF RAM.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE 400 MOTHERBOARD WILL RUN QUADCORE I HAVE 3.2G DUAL..ANYONE....PLEASE...
scorched_head

Duarte, CA

#12 Nov 27, 2007
is it really possible to upgrade the CPU on a dell xps 400. I have in it the factory pentium D 820 on. I've always done my own upgrades like optical drives, hard drives, ram, cards, etc. but have never looked into how to mess with the motherboard. any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. tanks.
KAOS 420

Petaluma, CA

#13 Nov 28, 2007
my bad on the xp mem level. 3.25 gigs is what xp reads with service pack 2.Yes you can upgrade your CPU If you have the same motherboard as I do you can run UP to 1066 front bus...OR regular 3.4 at 800 front buss dual core.
I would check the motherboard specs to determin what is possibale for your system.pc world has info on your system or dell..
scorched_head

Duarte, CA

#14 Nov 28, 2007
@KAOS 420. I forgot to mention that I wanted to go from the factory processor Pentium D 820 smith.. and upgrade to a Duo 2 Core E6600.
I read somewhere, a long time ago perhaps, that Dell doesnt make it easy to upgrade the CPU since they use not so standard motherboards. If this is possible and I achieve the upgrade, what then if anything do I need to do to the BIOS? chipset drivers? or any other kind of software upgrades?thanks in advance for the help.
KAOS 420

Petaluma, CA

#15 Dec 6, 2007
If you have the same mother board as I do it should be ok, just not quad core and nothing over 1066 front bus.I don't think any bios changes are needed if the specs on the motherboard are within the upgrade level.I woulnd't mess with any bios,but also check with dell if possiable.I know that sounds weird ,but sometimes you can reach someone who knows what's up.they have an advanced team for the XPS users. wish I had more info for you...
sha

Trinidad and Tobago

#16 Feb 12, 2008
please help, not very technical. bought a new xps 400 about 1 and 1/2 years ago. just set it up! but the wireles keyboard and mouse wont respond in order for me to even use the computer. please help
iomega7

Lewes, DE

#17 Feb 20, 2008
My Dell XPS 400 is just 2 years old and the motherboard failed two days ago (solid amber light on the power button). Any suggestions on testing the motherboard for possible life?

If not, does anyone know where I can get a new or used motherboard for my computer?

Thanks.
Sha

Portland, OR

#18 Mar 1, 2008
iomega7, my computer did the same thing 6 days ago and it's the power supply that gave out. Do you still get a green light inside the computer or is that out too?(I can't help but think all XPS 400's are going out at once because there so many people posting about this happening over the past month).

Sha, heh, my name's Sha too. To use the cordless, you have to follow the wireless directions that are usually under your cordless keyboard. You have to press connect, the button on the mouse, connect again and then press the button on the keyboard.
miketech

Frederick, MD

#19 Mar 17, 2008
to sean from ca, sounds like your brain i-d-10-t error. Problems do arise that are not user related that will burn a motherboard up in a heartbeat. Do some research on this board you will find it is a common problem with it. Also try to learn a bit more about what u speak of before you say such nonsense. Life expectancy on the board is normally 6 months to 2 years.
TIFF

Camano Island, WA

#20 Mar 18, 2008
OUR MOTHERBOARD WENT OUT ON OUR XPS400 I NEED TO REPLACE IT WHAT SHOULD I BUY AND FROM WHO?? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE

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