Just an observation

Discussion in 'Gateway' started by Annie Woughman, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. We have three Gateway computers, two bought in 2005, another one in
    2007. All three of these machines have SATA capabilities on the
    motherboards and the hard drives are SATA but the DVD drives are IDE. None
    of the power supplies had more than the two SATA plugs. Things were
    starting to fail on one of the machines so we bought one of those ZT
    machines from Costco. The MSI motherboard has 5 SATA slots, but again the
    power supply has two lousy SATA connectors which were already taken up with
    the SATA hard drive and the SATA DVD-RW drives. Why do they build machines
    like this? A power supply isn't that expensive. You can buy a Cool Master
    power supply with five SATA connectors for $39 from Newegg. This is
    especially frustrating because it is almost impossible to find IDE DVD
    drives now. Since I prefer having two DVD drives on my machines (easier to
    copy disks with two) I had to buy a SATA to IDE adapter to put a 2nd DVD
    drive in this brand new machine. Adding a 2nd CD/DVD drive used to be a
    no-brainer easy upgrade, it would still be if they would stop putting power
    supplies in them that didn't match the SATA capabilities of the
    Annie Woughman, Apr 16, 2011
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  2. Annie Woughman

    SC Tom Guest

    You could have used something like this for power, if there are enough data
    connectors on the motherboard:



    SC Tom, Apr 16, 2011
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  3. I realize there are workarounds, I just don't understand why they are still
    putting the old type power supplies in the newer computers.
    Annie Woughman, Apr 16, 2011
  4. Annie Woughman

    SC Tom Guest

    Everyone is trying to save them, even if it impacts the customer. Doesn't
    make it right, but that's just the way it is.
    SC Tom, Apr 16, 2011
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