8400. I am getting a new case, video card, and more ram for it. Then no one will be able to tell it's a dell, except when it starts up.
And yes it is a nice psu. I slep with it last night
Dells dont bug me. I was gonna nuild oen with the money i got after christmas but i had no idea i was getting this. Plus its better then my old dell. It had a p3 and a geforceII
The following can be fixed with a little BIOS mod.
EXTRACTING THE EPA(ENERGY STAR) AND OEM(FULL SCREEN DELL) LOGOS:
Start by getting the newest BIOS from your motherboard manufacturer,and the flash program and version they recommend for this particular BIOS and motherboard.(Or use your flash program to make a copy of your current BIOS.)Binary BIOS files are apparantly compressed files,using a variant of LZH encoding to include various parts. To modify this file you'll need the "leaked" program called CBROM.EXE.
You can display the contents of your BIOS file by typing CBROM biosfilename.ext /D From this BIOS file,you need to extract the original EPA logo,by typing: CBROM biosfilename.ext /EPA extract and then enter the name you want to give the extracted file when prompted - or just hit enter to use the original name.
The name of this "EPA-logo" file was AwardBmp.bmp - and this hints that this bios is using the "EPA version 2" image type,called AWBM - supposedly meaning AWard BitMap.Disregard the .BMP extension,it means nothing.
When the "old" EPA format is used,the extension is usually .EPA instead of .BMP,but this is not a golden rule.
As said earlier,these EPA/AWBM images are in special format that cannot be opened with regular graphics apps. Fortunately,"Linkit Productions", http://linkIt.Euro.Ru/
has "hacked" this EPA/AWBM format and released some shareware products that can read and convert it. To make sure what type of image it is,download their "AWBMREAD" program(a DOS program,works fine in Windows console) and load up the extracted EPA logo - it will then tell you its characteristics and display the logo.Rename it to .EPA first if needed,though - the AWBM reader (stupidly) won't accept a .BMP extension... Simply type: RENAME awardbmp.bmp awardbmp.epa
AWBMREAD awardbmp.epa and hit "enter" a few times to go through the steps,noting what kind of EPA logo it is,and the size of it. To extract your full screen OEM Dell Logo do the same as above except type: CBROM biosfilename.ext /OEM extract and hit enter. Hit enter again when asked to save it. Go to the place you saved the extracted dell logo and delete it cause you will not need it any longer.
INSTALLING A REPLACEMENT EPA LOGO (BYE-BYE ENERY STAR):
First go here http://www.juggernaut.de/seiten/pcfun/bios/epadownload.htm
and pick a new epa logo and save it to the good ol' desktop or go here http://users.cybercity.dk/~dsl6178/bios/Bioslogo.html
and scroll down to the directions for making a new logo. Second you still need to use CBROM to add the EPA to the BIOS file, though.Third at last,when you've made your logo and converted it to EPA/AWBM format,comes the time to flash the BIOS. First,however,you need to get the logo into the BIOS file - which is again achieved using the CBROM.EXE program: CBROM biosfilename.ext /EPA logoname.ext Make sure to read any error messages and do NOT attempt to flash if anything seems wrong.
FLASHING THE BIOS:
Once you have done the above mods to your BIOS and reconstructed it and saved it preferrably with the name "oembios.bin", you can now use your BIOS flashing utility to write it to the chip.
For more info on the above this is a great startpage http://users.cybercity.dk/~dsl6178/bios/Bioslogo.html
and it has links to point you to all the stuff you need to perform this great service for your machine.
If you done everything correctly you should now be able to see the boot sequence as it happens with the your custom logo in the top right corner of the boot screen just like on a homegrown machine.
Sorry for the long post guys. I just wanted to let him know how he can get rid of that Dell logo if he really wanted to.
All in all it will take you alot less time than it took me to type this post
GOOD LUCK CHIEF -- LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!!!!!!!!