I'm using a Seasonic TFX with my HP Slimline: www.newegg.com/.../Product.aspx
Regarding the Vostro 220s, you'll only need three SATA adapters if you're using two SATA hard drives and a SATA optical drive. Under typical circumstances, two SATA connectors is sufficient,
I heard that - same machine same problem 2 months out of warrenty! As an IT consultant I order desktops, laptops and servers all the time from Dell - got the same line - tough to recommend a product to a customer when the vendor wants to avoid responsiblity to a customer - getting the impression it is a flaw in that batch of desktops - ( have heard of multiple issues in these boxes) Dell knows it and will not back up it's products -
New to the never ending list of very unhappy Dell customers. DO NOT buy a Vostro 220 series. My Vostro 400 series has been pretty good; can't complain...yet! But the 220S [AMIN NOTE: Post Edited per TOU Violation] on what I think is the OS W7/XP it is actually set up as XP Pro. I think the OS got contaminated by a virus as it went 10 toes up after my wife answered at Norton warning. The virus was ianfrucnfpcu.exe
It then got the blue screen of death. Dell for $59.00 (out of warranty) was not much help. After 3 chats and running the diagnostic and then reseating memory card, then having me try re-install from CD , then having me format the HD, they said it must be the motherboard. For ONLY 184 for the board and 89 for tech it can be fixed. No thanks... I wasted $59.00 already on Dell.
I have a Vostros 220 that will only power to give a yellow power light, it will not power up and run the USB ports which communicate to everything. Two years old and failed, what a lemon. It all started when I put it in sleep mode and touched the power button to awaken it, no response after that.
I have seen this in the majority of the Vostros I have. I would say about 90% of them. I believe your power supply is more than likely Bestec. All the ones I have that produced the same issue you are having contained a Bestec power supply. All you need to do is purchase a new PSU and you will be good to go. I made sure the ones I ordered were not made by Bestec.
I am happy to report that I resolved the problem... I bought an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-310t PC in August of 2010 emoticon.BigSmile.title . After many attempts I realized I was never going to get any where with Dell. It was the best move I ever made. I love my HP!
In response to previous posts on the power supply, yes the power supply was the problem both times but the failure resulted in the loss of the PSU, Motherboard, RAM etc, I do not remember the make of the PSU. In the last instance the failure currupted my harddrive to the point that my data was unrecoverable! That made the prospect futile.
An update after trying the new power source, no change. I then unplugged it and removed the battery on the motherboard, the battery had to be taken out not just clipped up from its seated position. Voila, after I reinstalled the battery on the motherboard the computer started up properly. Based on another persons advice this battery needed to be removed to wipe the botherboard defaults and the input it collects during use. The computer will restart and go through its usual start up and collect new start up information again for future use. Hope this helps, my fans were always running in the computer though the power light was always an amber color during the troubles.