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    Default Dell Studio XPS 8100 design flaw

    So, I had to fix up a Dell Studio XPS 8100 desktop PC the other day. Among other things I had to clean out the dust and after pulling off the side panel, a somewhat disturbing design flaw caught my eye. The PC uses a Radeon 5770 Gaphics card, and has a steel bracket which screws to the case near the HDD bay to hold it in position. The wires for the HDD's SATA power connector run right under it, but unfortunately, the bracket doesn't have folded edges, and had chafed the wires . I covered the edges of the bracket in tape before putting it back together.
    No wonder it doesn't work! You installed the coils backwards

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    Dell? Skimping on their machines? With poor design choices? Never! I mean the thought of it simply makes me..... ok... I can't manage that much sarcasm in one go....
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    Web complaints have it Dell has been cutting corners on at least low end products. Customers seem to accept short life.
    Though there remain dedicated " Dellisti."
    Howsomever, how long has this survived its "cutting edge" design? Asking because 5770 seems a while ago.

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    It would have been about 3 years old. The CPU was the same as the one in my main rig (Core i5 660).
    No wonder it doesn't work! You installed the coils backwards

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