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Dell Vista Upgrade

Looks like another day of no good news about Windows Vista, to start, lots of people are complaining to Dell because it is taking so long to get their “free” upgrade copy of Windows Vista. Looks like the upgrade copies will not start shipping until the end of February, the earlier you submitted yours, the earlier you will get it as they are doing it first in first out, as they should.

Many customers are now asking when we will start shipping the Vista Upgrade. Dell expects to begin shipping the upgrade in the latter part of February. The upgrade availability for some systems like the XPS 710 and 710 H2C will take longer. Like I mentioned in a previous post, we’re still validating some drivers for high-end graphics cards and gaming peripherals, and still testing compatibility with some gaming software. When we have updated information for XPS 710 and 710 H2C customers, I’ll blog about it in a future post. Source: When Will My Vista Upgrade Ship?

This stinks, it will probably be late March before I get mine, seems like I submitted it a couple or three weeks ago, so it may be awhile. They are including a Dell upgrade assistant DVD, to help customers with the upgrade process. If the site is telling you your service tag is not being recognized as being valid, go to the Dell Blog and leave a comment, making sure you include your email in the email address field, and they will have a CSR contact you to figure out the problem.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 16, 2007 at 5:06 am

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Bad Caps in Dell Computers

Just last week, Dell computers announced it was taking a financial charge on it’s earnings, a $300 million dollar charge, to help cover costs that it incurred do to replacement of motherboards with bad capacitors.

Capacitors are an inexpensive little component on a PC motherboard, but they can be a costly headache for manufacturers when a whole bunch of them go bad.

Last week, Dell announced it was going to take a $300 million financial charge on its earnings to cover costs associated with the replacement of motherboards with faulty capacitors in some of its Optiplex workstations. The Dell system boards in question were manufactured from April 2003 to March 2004, according to several contract computer repair firms that are starting to replace the systems.

The Round Rock, Texas, computer maker is expected to provide more details during its quarterly earnings call on Thursday.

Luckily, I myself haven’t had any problems, I purchased two Dell XPS machines last year, but apparently, lots of people have, and not just from Dell computers, the bad cap problem has plagued HP and Apple as well.

At issue are faulty capacitors on motherboards that store power and regulate voltage. Defective capacitors found in the Dell Optiplex workstations, some Apple iMac G5s, HP xw-series workstations made in 2004 and PCs with the Intel D865GBF motherboard have been found to bulge, pop, leak and crust over, causing video failure and periodic system shutdowns.

Photos showing Dell’s Optiplex GX270 and Optiplex GX280 with defective capacitors have been widely reported on Web sites such as, Pictures of other faulty capacitors have been spotted on Apple’s own discussion boards,, and

Usually, data loss does not occur as the system will generally just shut down, not affecting the hard drive. If you think you could be experiencing a problem with bad caps, then you should look for swelling on the tops and along the base of the capacitors, and check to see if there is a brownish substance oozing from the bases. If you find some problems, check your warranty and contact your manufacturer for parts replacement. Capacitors are usually expected to last about 7 years, and experts say if they are not made right, they will start to deteriorate after 3 or 4 years.

Various postings on message boards claim the trouble was caused by capacitors that were overfilled with a liquid electrolyte that helps the component protect the processor from excess power; convert energy from 5 volts to around 1.5 volts; and deal with current surges. The PC makers have not confirmed that that was the problem.


Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - November 10, 2005 at 10:11 am

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