|brian on Jan 7, 2011 at 1:11:43 AM (# 1)|
As a rule when you buy a PC from HP, Dell or any other manufacturer the motherboards they have are designed specifically so that it is difficult to replace them because the case gets in the way.
I'd recommend getting a cheap case - I got one with a 600w PSU for around 30 euro I think, and while the PSU is just a cheap one, the case was quite good.
It's just less painful than fighting with a case that doesn't quite fit your motherboard.
RobSmith on Feb 10, 2011 at 1:53:15 PM (# 2)
Dell cases are particularly proprietary and difficult to deal with. Been there done that.
Monte on Feb 10, 2011 at 2:50:55 PM (# 3)
It was actually an HP. I had to end up getting a whole new case.
Monte on Apr 4, 2011 at 12:42:54 PM (# 4)
I suppose it would be polite of me to say exactly what I did...
I ended up buying a Cooler Master case, an AMD Sempron 140 processor (that supports 64 bit) @ 2.7GHz, a 500GB SATA HDD, and a FoxConn MicroATX motherboard. I also found an inexpensive burner on Amazon that I bought. Then, the power supply I was going to use didn't fit, so I had to buy one of those.
Initially, I installed the 32-bit server edition of Ubuntu Linux 10.10, mistakenly thinking it would have a GUI. It didn't. So I had to install the 32-bit desktop version.
It's working rather well so far. I'm not doing anything really heavy duty, though. And I mostly access it remotely, through NXClient.
The only real problem I'm having is that I can't fully install and use Oracle 11G R2 on it, for some reason. So if anyone knows how to do that on 32-bit Ubuntu 10.10 with an AMD Sempron 140 processor that supports 64 bit, please let me know! I've tried everything I can find, and it really frustrates me that I can't get it working.
bod1467 on Apr 4, 2011 at 1:40:33 PM (# 5)
Why not use 64-bit Ubuntu?