I am upgrading the video card in my Dell Vostro 200 and need to upgrade the power supply as well. I saw thess two post on a computer forum that suggested you can't use a general power supply on some Dell machines, but need one specific for Dell. Here are the two posts:
1) You just can't buy any pwr supply because Dell has an extra pwr supply lead that goes to the mobo on many models. Standard supplies have one bundle that has a double row of wires on the connector that goes to the motherboard, and all the rest go to hard drive;CDrom drive;floppy;maybe a procesor fan.
2) There was a period when Dell used non-industry standard voltages on their ATX power supplies (1996-2000) the pin-outs matched the standard ATX plug-ins but their voltages were different. Thus if you used a different motherboard with those power supplies or a non Dell power supply with a Dell motherboard... Zap... You were fried. Here is a Dell link with the pin-out voltages for the 180 Watt power supply used with the 4300S
Since these posts were not recently made I was wondering if this is true about the Vostro 200. Am I safe replacing the power supply with a general after market power supply or do I need one specially made for a Dell.
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The Vostro 200 does not use a Dell proprietary power supply.
The Vostro 200 Mini Tower can use most generic standard ATX power supply units, with either a 24-pin or 20+4-pin main motherboard power connector, with or without the on/off switch.
You should be able to buy a compatible power supply from either a local or online computer store.
Note: You require a power supply with four SATA power connectors.
Sorry if this is a stupid question. I have a Dell Vostro 230, and the video card I bought has a requirement for a 450W power usppy with 75 Watt 6-Pin PCI express power connnetor recomended Is the suggestion you made for mlup01 the same for me? Thanks in advance for any replies