Thanks reply Viper WeaponX,
Good point! I had considered it could be an XP issue knowing how bad Microsoft are. The 670 came pre loaded with XP SP2 and even though it was a return stock, the Windows had not been setup. It seemed a newer version than I have ever loaded myself. I will check the build and also check CPU activity. I might play a DVD or burn a DVD once I put a burner in the 670 (came with a CD-ROM can you believe) and see if I can get the processors hot. It is winter here and really cold in the room I have the PC in so the machine is cold.
Good idea to run Linux or whatever you are running. I see flashing BIOS is not an easy task for you. I was suprised to see two versions of BIOS in such a short time. I know the 670 could not read more than 4GB Ram until I see they fixed the BIOS recently. I intend getting hold of XP 64bit later on.
All in all a nice machine with lots of flexibility ala SATA,SCSI and IDE. Firewire at front is good as I just purchased a SLR camera that I will use it. Can't stand bending down to rear or bottom USB on Dimension 8300. Looks like BTX case will take over soon for this 670. That will change fan noise!
Thanks again. Ausboy
Thanks for the tip! I am still waiting for Dell to get back to me on the Precision 670. It is under warranty so I will get to the bottom of it sooner or later and post the results. I will have a look.
Was the symptom of hair drier affect immediate on power up or after 10-15 mins of use?
Interesting to hear of the GX280 capacitor issue. Where are they on the mother board do you know exactly? I have 2 of these machines and one is not under warranty (bought as damaged but actually is brand new just needed Hdisk reformatting) so I better check to see if they are affected. One is build 11/04 and the other is 4/05 so if you knew a batch date on these affected PCs it would be good to know. 100 motherboards to swap is a huge task, no doubt the capacitor manufacturer is paying the bill.