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Computer died!! Is this a power supply problem?

Q: Computer died!! Is this a power supply problem?

Hi. This is the story. In the middle of my son using the computer, it just shut down. I came down to the room where it was a minute later, tried flipping the master switch on the surge protector off and on, then pressed to power button on the case. It started up. A few minutes later my son called me again because it had shut down again. The former trick didn't work. Here's what I've tried:

Flipping the I/O switch on the power supply both ways and trying to power up.
Unplugging the power supply from the surge protector and plugging it with another cord directly into the wall outlet. Then flipping that I/O switch again.

Nothing happened. Does this sound like it's the power supply?

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A: Computer died!! Is this a power supply problem?

I`m afraid it does sound like the psu has gone bad.

However, the only way to tell for sure, is to try another psu, and hope that`s all it is.

Regards Howard

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2 days ago the power outlet that my computer was placed into was kinda half exploding. And the "lightning protector" that was attached into it died. I was trying to connect the computer to a different power outlet , and the computer won't turn on.
Not sure what happend... So Idk what to do... Should I buy a new power supply and see if everything is ok? Or just give the computer to some lab and have em to "make it work" ??
 

A:computer died / power supply replacement

Anyone? No sense? It's not like a genius question. Just kind of a "your opinion"
 

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Hi, this is my first post, so I hope I can explain what happened to my pc clearly. I have an older gateway 450mhz and recently I tried to power it up and nothing happened, like it didn't have power. So I reset my power strip thinking it just tripped the breaker, and it started to come on, I could hear it power up and then it just shut off again, no power, lights or any thing. so I plugged it directly into the wall. and the same thing happened, started to power up, and it was like it would reach a certain power level and trip some kind of internal breaker or something.
Hopefully there's someone out there that knows whats wrong and if its worth fixing..... Thanks alot for any replys
Melajewels

PC is a Gateway 450mhz
With Win XP on a 80gig HD
And Win Millennium on a 2gig separate HD
128 Ram
 

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Presently have this power supply:

Antec BP500U ATX 12V 500W Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-BP500U-...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1297041715&sr=1-1

Computer overheats and shuts down. On checking, the fan in the power supply stopped working. Looking to replace the power supply with a different brand. The fan in this one was LOUD.

I'm running an Intel Core i7.

Does it matter what brand/type I replace the power supply with? (I see 550w, 600w, dual power. Should I consider any of these?)

Are there any recommended brands/models that keep it very cool and very quiet?
 

A:Power Supply Fan Died

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Hi all,

my power supply died two days ago. By chance, everything else seems in
order, except for the USB ports which act strangely.

I bought a new power supply and installed it. The computer boots normally
and the OS starts without a problem when there is no USB devices plugged to
the motherboard.

If I try to plug something to the USB ports while the computer is on, there
is no problem and all my USB devices work fine.

But if I boot with the USB devices plugged to the motherboard, the computer
doesn't even try to boot (nothing happens when I press the power button).

Someone have a hint?

If the USB ports are not working properly, should I change the motherboard (in case it blows up something else with time) or just disable USB ports and buy a PCI USB card?

Thanks!
 

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My power supply died a few days ago and I have replaced it. My PC will now boot but will not send a signal (turn on) the monitor. Everything on the PC seems to work but it just will not turn on signal to the monitor. I have tried two different monitors with the same result.

Help!?!?!

Thanks,

Tod
 

A:Power supply died, now monitor will not power on

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I built this new computer about a month ago.
core i5 2500k
GTX 570
8gb of ram
Windows 7
Old Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...ords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA

It's a pretty by the book build. Last night though, I walked into my room and noticed the power off, and it wouldn't turn on. I opened it up, checked all the connectors, gave it another shot, and nothing.

My old computer had a 750 watt Cooler Master (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171024) in it, so i took that out and tossed it into the new system while I wait for OCZ To send me a new PSU. Everything seemed great, I did my normal tasks for the rest of the night. When I launched Battlefield 3 though, the PSU actually makes a very odd buzzing noise. I don't remember this at all from my old computer. The red warning light doesn't go on or anything, it just buzzes. It also happens in Dungeon Defenders. The second I turn either game off, it stops.

Right now I'm back to basic tasks, but is this just due to the extra load from the new system? My old computer probably could have run fine off something much weaker than 750w (it had 8800 gt / Q6600), so I'm wondering if this it's just finally getting a workout or something. It has always run fine, I'm not sure why it would act up in the new comp. I'm sort of stuck until OCZ Gives me a replacement. Is it safe to run this thing?
 

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I have a Lenovo Thinkcenter i7 M92 that worked a while ago and when I turned around to work on another computer, it apparently turned off and now the power will not come back on. The power button wont even light up, nor will the lights where the network cable plugs in. Have tried different outlets, different power cords. I am thinking it is a power supply issue but I cannot find a power supply to order. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Lenovo Thinkcenter M92 - Power supply died???

I was looking at eBay (I have an older LeNovo), noticed there are a few Internal power supplys there.
How did you make out so far? a couple 200 watts and 230 watts ones.
 

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Bit of a long story for this but bear with me.

I was playing a game this past sunday when my main pc lost it's power, after it died I heard what sounded like metal hitting metal within my case, I took my power supply out and took it apart to find what looked like a coil wrapped around a plastic tube, half burned, so I guess it melted itself off. It was my fault as the inside had tons of dust clogging the fans and vents. Luckily I had a backup for just such a problem, I borrowed the power supply within this secondary pc, it has a 1000watt psu(sli ready) whereas my old had a 600w(also sli ready), I figured it would be a more than suitable temporary psu until the replacement I ordered arrived.

However for whatever reason it won't work in my main pc, whenever I boot it up, everything seems fine but after so much time of being in use the pc just loses power. If I do nothing it will stay on, if I do anything other than idling it loses power. If I scan using MSE it always crashes around 7 minutes or so of scanning but spybot can scan completely, if I browse it tends to take a bit longer to crash (around 30 minutes more or less). I have ran a temperature detector in the background as I scanned and did other things and nothing ever went above 50C so I'm fairly certain that it isn't a heat problem.

To be honest I've been pretty lucky with most of my past pc's, I've had this one for about 8 1/2 months and other than a few random crashes this has ... Read more

A:Power supply died, backup won't work.

THat is frequently a result of a power supply burning out. Especially if it was a lower quality manufacturer PSU
 

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I have a 6.5 yr old e9180t which the power supply died on me this weekend. The unit has an interesting history. The mother board was defective when I bought it and they had to finally replace it along with thousands of others. This unit coined the term inherently defective with google at the time. They rolled it our before really vetting it properly. When I looked inside the box when I first got it I noticed how crammed the interior was compared to my previous unit.  This unit has always run HOT. After years of the heat build up I eventually just removed the side panel due to the heat. So when the power supply died this weekend I discovered another big design problem with this unit. For the first time I removed the top plastic panel . . .  this panel completely hid and covered a vent for the power supply the whole time! The vent was completely covered with thick dust. I literally had to peel the dust off this area. I always used air to blow the dust way inside but since there was no vent visible I had no idea about this issue and never saw the need to remove the top plastic cover.  So I plan to replace the power supply and have two questions. 1. First what is a good replacement? I see that EVGA makes these power supplys where both ends of the wires are plug in which seems like a perfect DIY approach. The current dead power supply was a Samsung 460watt HD642jj. I use two 27" hp monitors with this unit and work on graphics mostly during the da... Read more

A:Need to replace an overheated power supply that died for my ...

After posting this I thought about the issue with the power supply and HP must have installed the power supply upside down and that is why this power supplied died and why this unit was always super hot. I just looked at the power supply and yep I think it was upside down. For years I have been plugging this in on the upper right hand side not the left hand side. The only person who has worked on this computer was the guy who was hired by HP to replace the motherboard after two months since the board was defective from the get go. I wonder if he had taken it out and put it back in wrong? I don't know since I thought HP and the guy knew what they were doing and I had no idea to keep a close eye on how the power supply should be. Unbelievable! 

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I am now in China. My W540 power supply stopped work yesterday. My machine is still under base warranty. What I can do now? It seems there is no IWS (International Warranty Service) here. I cannot understand why. Please help! 

A:traveling in China, W540 power supply died, what I...

I am sure that you can located one in China for fairly cheep, especially since they are probably made there anyway, and then upon your return, have the original replaced under warranty.     Ask around, there must be a computer outlet somewhere that sells parts that can locate one for you in China.    It may be a knockoff, but it will get you by for your trip, just make sure the voltage/amperage match that printed on the original.

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My system has 3 HD's. The SATA is an add on, with a sata pci card, just for storage. The 2 IDE's are setup for dual boot with XP Pro on both(C:drive & D:drive). One is more for gaming, the other is for everthing else. Everything has been fine for several months until my power supply burnt up. I had set up a dvd to burn when I went to bed and the power supply died during the burn process. I replaced the power supply and now cannot get my C: XP to boot completely. I can however boot to my D: XP and access my C:drive and all of its files as well as my SATA storage drive.

On bootup, I select the XP installation that is listed first which is my D:drive, all goes well and evething works. If I select the second installation which is my C:drive all seems well... It shows that Windows XP is loading but when it normally goes to the screen that allows me to enter UserName and Password all I get is a black screen and it just stays like that. No error or reboot... nothing.

Would really hate to reformat(take about 2 days) as I had just got it setup the way I want it. Since ntloader does come up and allows selection would it be safe to assume bootini is ok? Is it probable that the death of my power supply could have cause corruption to kernel32.dll? What say you?
 

A:Power supply died, 1 of dual boot inaccessible

Have you tried doing a Windows repair on the C: partition?
 

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a few hours ago, my mom brought home a brand new Acer Travelmate 4603WLCi laptop. after connecting the AC adaptor to the laptop, I turned the thing on. it worked just fine, and the Acer ePower Management software showed 33% battery power and still charging.

I was playing Solitaire back then, only for like 20-30 minutes, when suddenly the laptop just died. plain died. without shutdown.

so I turned it back on, and it went back on. only for like a few seconds after the Windows XP splash screen showed up, it died again. this time, I can't turn the thing on again.

I checked the adaptor cable that connected to the laptop, it's plugged firmly. however, the 'battery charge' lamp did not lit. I disconnected the adaptor cable, tried to turn on the laptop, it didn't work. I tried removing the battery, re-installing it, then tried turning it on again, also didn't work.

so I re-plugged the laptop to the adaptor, and thought that it'd charge up. but after 3 long hours of (useless) waiting, it's still not showing any signs of life.

I assume that this is a power adaptor failure, because when you connect the adaptor to the laptop, the 'battery charge' light is supposed to lit and you should be able to power-on the laptop. but hey, if the adaptor fails, aren't I supposed to be able to power-on the laptop by just the battery?

well, that's all I can tell for now.
thanks in advance for any advice(s) given.

cheers!
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A:my Acer TravelMate 4603WLCi died. power supply failure?

Acer Travelmate 4603WLCi laptop shut down

Hi Dhaninugraha:

The situation you described back then, now looks quite familiar to me.

The same happened to me last night. My Acer Laptop just died, just as you described. I did all the things which are common things to try to make it back working again...NOTHING !

How did you back then solve the problem. Did you find out what the failure was?

I would really appreciate any help you can provide.

Best,

franziskaner12
 

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Well, my dad built a computer and I helped a little. Here are the main components:

ASPIRE X-Dreamer Blue ATX Mid-Tower Case with Window and 350W Power Supply
ASUS "A7N8X-E Deluxe" nForce2 Ultra 400 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU
AMD Athlon XP 3000+ "Barton", 400 FSB, 512K Cache 2.1GHz Socket A
Western Digital 160GB ATA133 Hard Drive
1x Kingston 184 Pin 512 DDR PC-3200
Sapphire Radeon 9600XT 128MB DDR, 128-bit, 8x AGP Video Card
Lite-On 52X32X52 Internal EIDE CD-RW Drive Black
Lite-On 16X DVD-ROM Black

That's pretty much all we have installed on there. We connected everything and went to test it. We turned on the power switch in the back and the green LED light turned on inside the case. I pressed the on putton and the temperature and numbers started showing on the LED panel in the front of the case and it was pretty much working for about a second of two. The next second, it shuts off. We've tried this 3-4 times and its the same. We've come to the conclusion that either the jumpers of connectors are wrong somewhere, but I don't think that is it. The other thing could be the Power Supply could be broken. I went on this power supply calculator and it said it would require a max of 244 watts and we have 350. Anyone have any suggestions?
 

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Hi,

This is a problem I had since a few months, but back then it wasn't that irritating. Sometimes when I tried to start my computer it would start up mechanically, so to say; all the fans were working and so were the HDDs, but not the BIOS. Nothing would happen, and the monitor was ever idle. A simple cold reboot usually solved the problem.

Now, like I mentioned, the problem got serious. The computer won't start at all, i.e. nor the fans, nor the monitor, nor the HDDs will ever start up. It just keeps restarting itself every second without any enhancement. I also found a solution for this problem by setting the power supply to 0, and then back to 1 after a few hours(!). Restarting after just a few minutes doesn't work. What's the matter? Have you ever encountered such a problem?
 

A:Computer won't start, power-supply problem?

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Whenever I start my computer, or try to, one of three things happen. 1.) Nothing happens. 2.) The computer boots up for about a second. 3.) The computer boots up, but there is no video on the monitor. (The monitor works fine). Are these signs that the power supply is broken? Do I need a larger wattage power supply? Can someone help me?
Thanks,

Kevin
 

A:Computer Boots Up, but only for a second! Power Supply Problem?

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I have figured out that the clicking sound that eminates from the computer when my PS is connected to the wall plug is due to a mother board power connection. I recently upgraded this, z800 workstation with RAM, extra CPU, OS WIndows 2016 Server, solid state harddrives. and z800 2016 bios.  I had all components tested and working while the physcial case was open. That is bios checks passed, all RAM OK, computer booted up and I was able to login into my OS. Once I deemed everything was OK i decided to put back the plastic cover (for the RAM and CPUs) so that I could close the case. I believe in doing so the RAM slots got damaged in some way. Likely caused by the plastic cover adding some downward pressure on the RAM slots.  So now the computer does not power up at all and has a constant clicking sound. I know the RAM slot is the culprit because when I disconnect the power connector that goes to the RAM slots (located bsides the big power supply) the clicking sound stops. So my question is, has anyone encountered such a problem and resolved it without replacing the mother board? Thanks.

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Hi guys. Ive got some major issues and have been having them for some time with my main box.

Specs are listed in my signature.

Basically whats happening is at random intervals the pc will reboot itself. Generally if i just leave it to idle its ok, But multi-tasking absolutely kills it.

The original suspect was overheating, However i dont think that is the problem anymore.

When i check my CPU temperature it sits pretty at about 47-48 (i bought a wick cooling gigabyte heatsink + fan etc)

Ive also gone and done a memcheck on both sticks of ram with memtest (memtest.org) so i'm pretty sure its not that either.

At the moment i have one exhaust fan but i leave the case off almost constantly so i dont think thats going to do much help.

I've currently got a 400w PSU (it just came stock standard with my case) and thats what i think the problem is but i wanted to get some other opinions before i went out and spent more money on this forsaken thing. I hear the Geforce6 series are absolute power suckers so it would be logical that a new power supply would be needed.

Also it should be noted that unplugging all unnecessary devices (Cd/dvd-rw's, adapter cards etc) makes no difference to the pcs performance. She still reboots randomly, That is the reason why i am sceptical. I wouldve thought that if there was a lack of power that unplugging other devices would've made a difference? Unless of course my 400w PSU is in fact true power 250 odd which so many of them ... Read more

A:Solved: Computer randomly reboots - Potential power supply problem?

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i Have Z50-70 . i bought it from 2 yearsi have now this problem when i plug charger in it this messege appered and charge icon say that( plugged in .not chargeing ) when i shutdown lap it charge . some times when i remove battery laptop not work . replug charger more times to work i try hold on power 30 sec . and load default Bios . and Wipe all Files . what is probleme please ? motherboard or socket charge or adpter ?  

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Hi,
I'm currently a computing student so I rely on my computer a lot for my studies and was hoping I could get some quick advice/troubleshooting on here. So here goes :

I've had a problem with my computer recently, it's been working fine for a year or so with no problems, and then one day i tried switching it on and nothing happened. I tried once more and then the power short circuited (I then had to turn the power back on from the mains switch).

The strange thing is, my housemate had exactly the same problem, and after searching for the answer , he was told it was due to a static buildup and the solution was to take out components (graphics card, RAM) e.t.c and put them back in.

I tried this and no luck , I was thinking due to the short circuit, there may be a problem with a fuse in the power supply? other then that I'm completely stumped and would appreciate any help given.

Many Thanks for all help received
 

A:Computer won't power up (poss. power supply)

Does it happen with any other appliances? as in does using the toaster while using the kettle While your mate is in the Electric shower, telly on, or ironing?

Possibly a static build up, it is possible, Wher are you situated??
What voltage are you on?

What is the make and model of your comp? is it the same as your friends?

is your machine custom built or is it a brand?
Answer a few of them and we will try to narrow it down 4 you..

Mean while if you could get your hands on a spare PSU that would be handy. And remember when dealing with PSU's alway leave them to sischarge for at least 24hrs,
the 3 D'S, Disconect, discharge, dismantle.
 

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My first post...

I received my new DVD DL +/-RW drive today and eagerly installed it. I of course unplugged my computer's power supply while doing it. After plugging the power back in, the green LED on the back of the CPU started blinking (never noticed this before), and when I hit the power button, NOTHING happen. No fan turns, no lights, nothing. When I unplug the power supply, the green LED blinking gets slower and slower, and after about 15 minutes it totally stops. I plug the power suppply back in and it starts blinking all over again and still the power won't turn on.

All I did was replace a CD-ROM drive with a DVD Multi drive. I didn't mess with anything else, so there should be no power supply shortage or problem. Any thoughts as to what could be happening?

By the way, I have a 2 year old Compaq computer with 2.0 ghz Athlon 64, 1 gig RAM, no problems thus far.
 

A:Computer won't power up after disconnecting power supply

While installing the new optical drive, you might have inadvertently loosened one or more connectors. Recheck all data and power cables to make sure they are tight, including all those to the motherboard.
 

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Hi everybody,

I tried to search on google about this, but it's not really help and it never happen to me before so I post here.

My PC was running normally for a long time, just couple weeks ago I sent my faulty video card (xfx nvidia 8800 ultra) to get warranty service and they sent me back another. The new one works fine, but a week later I tried to turn on my computer and there's no power at all. No lights on, no fan running, just no sign of power. So I check inside if there's any wire from the PSU is unplugged, but everything looks good, nothing seems wrong. I'm sure the power from the wall is good and the power switch on the back is on. So I tried to check the wired again, push the power cable to the mother harder and press the button, it worked. But that doesnt solve the problem, if I put something heavy near the PC or the desk is vibrating a little bit, the power turns off. I press the power button again it would not turn on until I open the case and press the power cable to the motherboard harder, it's on. I then close the side panel, it's off, no power.
This is really annoyed me, I dont know what else to do. What caused this problem? The power supply or the power button? Can somebody help me?

My system specs:
ECS G31T-M mobo, Intel E8400 Duo, 2x2GB RAM
2x2 SATA HD, nVidia 8800 ultra video card
ULTRA's 1000watt PSU
 

A:Power supply or power button problem?

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I have a W540, which currently uses a 170W power supply (20V 8.5A) I also just recieved a docking station for a P50 which has a 230W power supply showing 20V 11.5A. The connectors look the same, but I'm hesitant to try the 230W power supply in the W540. Should this be ok to use the 230W power supply with the W540?













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A:Power Supply Question - Can I use the 230W power supply with a W540?

230 watts is the maximum power supply, it only supplies the power needed by the computer. I sold my W540, so i can't test this for you. But i do the use the ThinkPad X1 Carbon with the 230 watts power adapter without any problem.

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I have 2 failed Z800 power supplies (1150 watt version). After some internet research I am led to believe this is a common problem and related to the PS capacitors. Since I do not know how to do this capacitor replacement (yet). I thought I would buy a new PS. However, I do not want to buy a Z800 PS since it seems to me to be a defective design. Can anyone chime in and tell me if the new z840 1125 watt PS will work with my older z800? I have called HP support and spoken with the correct support people on this and they were not able to confirm if the Z840 PS will work (fit) on the z800. The closest confirmantion I recieved was that if it fits then it should work. Instructions to fix the capacitors:http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Business-PCs-Workstations-and-Point-of-Sale-Systems/Z800-power-on-issue... Same issue I am facing:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f563JGeoxaw On a side note, can anyone recommend a good service tech to make such capacitor repares in Southern California or insrtuctions on how to make this repair (with pictures). Thanks    

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I am building a new computer. Here is the Specs of what is goig in it: AMD Phenom Quad Core Processor 9600 CPU, GIGABYTE GA-MA770-DS3 Motherboard, Antec Nine Hundred Case (with 4 big fans in it), 2-2 Gig Supertalent ddr2 800 CL5 ram with an MSI 8800GT OC video card with 3 SATA HD's (all Western Digital 2-250 gig and 1-160 gig) and a Samsung SATA DVD Burner on windows Ultimate 64 bit.

My question is what power supply should i use? I have build computers before but this is topping my knowledge. Would a standard 400 Watt Hi-pro (model number HP-E4009F5W) be sufficent since i am not doing SLI?

All comments would be appreciated.

This power supply would be temp for about 2 months till i get Antec NeoHE 650 High Efficiency 650W Power Supply.
 

A:Power Supply for new computer

google PSU calculator. Add 30% to the results for cushion. Then buy a QUALITY PSU. If you buy cheap, you run the risk of destroying your nice, new system.
 

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I consider an Apevia Power Supply for my new computer and wonder if this is a
good choice.

AntonABC
 

A:Power Supply For New Computer

I don't know whether that brand is good, bad or average; but, I use Antec.
 

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Can anyone tell me if typical modern motherboards on-off pins to the front panel are normaly open switchs with the turn on action being closed and cold turn off hold closed for a minute or so. Of course the cold turn off should never be done if it can be avouded.

A:Computer power supply

Yes, the pins are for normally open switches.

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Hi there - I have a HP Desktop PC and it will no longer turn on. My guess is that the power supply is dead. I don't need to keep the computer, but I would like to get the files off of it. Is there a way to do that without fixing the power supply? -Su Bailey
 

A:Computer Power Supply

you should be able to put the harddrive into another PC as a slave and copy the files
OR
putthe harddrive into a USB external Box and copy them
 

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I want to use a spare power supply outside of the computer, does anyone know how to get it working since it's not connected to a motherboard?

A:Using power supply outside of computer

Hello there, Here:

Info: Can I use two Power supplies with one computer?? - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net

Although i would NOT recommend it.. i'd rather have one GOOD PSU than 2 PSUs and probably busting up a 2k$ PC

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I have a Delta DPS-150GB B Power Supply out of an Apple Macintosh Power Mac computer. I would like to use it as a 12v/5A power supply for my model train layout. I have a couple important questions:

1) I need to know the pin-outs of the connectors (1-4pin, 1-14pin, 1-5pin on ribbon wire), specifically which ones control start-up and various voltage outputs.

2) Being a Switching Power Supply, I think there must be a load on at least one of the output rails. Can I create this with a simple resistor of some sort? if so, how exactly what would I need to do.

I can email photo of the connectors if that would halp. I would appreciate any help. Thanks.
 

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Computer: ACER Notebook
Year:1995
System: XP

Computer has traveled the world, not been treated either too good nor too bad, mostly traveled in a notebook carrier, occasionally in a backpack.
the battery is long worn out, computer needs to be plugged in.

the problem is definitely not the power supply (brick).

There is some kind of short in the system so that even if the computer is turned off, attempting to plug in the power supply results in it turning itself off in self defense. If one unplugs the supply from the wall outlet, it recovers itself (it can be used to power my other notebook).

The computer didn't emit any smoke or burning smells, but obviously doesn't want to turn on at present.

I've already partly disassembled the unit and didn't find anything looking bad, but I can't get right at the plug in point yet.

I am not in danger of losing data, it's just that the notebook was a nice little performer and handy at internet cafes.

Any ideas or tests you can think of?
 

A:Computer shorts out Power Supply

it looks like either you have a short at the power input of your notebook or may be the motherboard itself.

try using a different power adapter of the similar power specification.
 

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Well I'm sure you guys have read the whole "last night I turned off my computer, and the next morning my computer won't boot on." I have the same situation and found out that my power supply is the problem when I try powering on my pc with my old pc. Although when my psu is plugged in, a dim green light is on. I researched and found the paperclip test. I tried it and saw that the green light is bright and the fan turns on. So I'm guessing my psu is not fully dead (if that makes sense). What is wrong? Why will it not boot my computer althought an old psu does?
 

A:Power supply turns on, but not my computer..

anyone? i can't find any solution. also if there is one i do not want to spend money then later finding out. i have to do some summer work and i need help fast!
 

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Long story short: I live in Kuwait currently, and I had to build myself a new desktop out here. Parts are not always "high quality", so things occasionally go "awry". And I'm a wee bit new to the PC building world, having been a Mac guy until March of last year.

I have two problems currently vexing me, but the first one is easy, so I'll start with it: I recently had to buy a new motherboard, and it had some funky power inputs that required a new power supply. Unfortunately, the only one I could find was 600 watts, which is probably massive overkill for one hard drive, a burner, a 3.4 Ghz P4, and a nVidia 6800 Ultra.

However, even though the power supply is properly installed (had a guy at the shop do it, and I double-checked the instructions at home), I'll be damned if it's not mildly electrifying my computer! It's not "complete the circuit and fry an egg" bad - it's more like "Carnival 'test your endurance' joy buzzer" at low setting bad. It's not enough to transfer to the outer case (the black outer shell), but it carries throughout the entire inner metal structure, and any screws attached. I worry that this is going to cause long-term damage to my computer, for obvious reasons. Strangely, a 500 watt power supply from a different manufacturer I had earlier did the exact same thing, which is why I'm wondering if it's par for the course for more powerful power supplies.

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A:Is my power supply electrocuting my computer?

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Well, my motherboard on my old computer died and it was old enough it wasn't worth replacing. The local CompUSA here is going out of business, and they had some pretty great deals. I got two hard drive cages for the drives from my old system and this motherboard for a little over a hundred dollars.

Now I need the rest of the parts.

I looked to New Egg and I found a processor I liked, some RAM, and SATA drives I want. I'm thinking four sticks of that ram (two orders) and three of the SATA drives set for RAID 5, I also have a Pioneer DVD+RW drive from the old system and a floppy drive I'll want to put in this, and when I have the money I'll be adding a new DX10 graphics card to this box as well.

The part I'm waffling over the most is the Power Supply though, and the market seems to have changed quite a bit since the last time I bought one, with lots and lots of small companies making crappy power supplies, some start up companies making really good power supplies, and some of the companies I've trusted in the past making power supplies that only work with Intel based boards without mentioning it upfront (I'm looking at you Antec ).

New Egg has a deal with the case I want to buy that lasts until the end of the weekend where if you buy this power supply along with it they knock off $10 from the total. Not the best deal ever, but I've liked CoolerMaster kit in the past and it seems to have pretty decent reviews. Unfortunately there&... Read more

A:Building a new computer/Power Supply?

I have no experience with the CoolerMaster power supply noted. However, I have built computers with CoolerMaster cases which come with CoolerMaster power supplies.

Antec, IMO, makes excellent power supplies.

I have built several computers using the Asus M2N-E.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131022

NE has an Antec True Power on sale, this weekend.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...50001516&bop=And&SrchInDesc=true power&Page=1

http://www.extremeoverclocking.com/reviews/cases/Antec_TrueBlue_480W_1.html
I am not an overclocker.

Best of success.

RF123
 

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I have a homemade system that just died. It has a Duron 900 that I know had been running hot (175 F). It also has a 375w power supply that also serves as a power strip. I removed the heat sink & fan to do some cleaning (spray air to knock off dust on the MOBO around the CPU). I broke one of the prongs on the socket that holds down the heat sink. A "friend" suggested using super glue to re-attach the heat sink. Now...nothing. The reset button lights up on the power supply, but the fan does not kick on and nothing else functions. Would a dead CPU cause this...power supply...MOBO...or a combination? Thanks for your consideration.
 

A:dead computer - CPU or power supply?

CPU sounds fried. Superglue? Really? I'd replace both the cpu and the board as you can no longer attach a heatsink to the board unless you have mounting holes and can find one that attaches with mounting holes.
 

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how a bad power supply screws up your computer

a bad power supply seems to mess up a computer totally because i changed mine and it seems to work OK now

and i got no answers from anyone on various sites or shops

i say im right a bad power supply screws up a computer even if it all appears to be working to power all the stuff
 

A:how a bad power supply screws up your computer

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Something wierd going on, I can shut my windows XP down like normal, and I get all the way thru the shut down screens, the LCD screen goes blank, the keyboard lights go off, but the power supply in the computer remains on, powering the fans and lighting up my front panel fan control Assy. In order to turn off the power supply, I need to switch the switch on the back of the computer (power supply switch). Then, to turn if back on, I need to turn on my Power Supply switch, and open the case, and lightly touch/push the area near the CMOS battery, and without even touching the front panel power switch, the computer comes to life and I am able to load Windows XP and go about my bidness as normal! I SUSPECT this was caused from a lightning storm a few nights ago, it wasn't near me, but it caused the power to go out and come back on rapidly like three times. What gives? Power supply, Motherboard?
 

A:I cannot turn my computer's power supply off!

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The other night my power supply died on me. I have been able to trouble shoot my computer before but I am kinda stuck not sure where to go.

I installed a new thermtake 650watt power supply and ditched the old one.

I believe I have installed all power cables correctly.

After I hooked it all up i noticed that the power light on the front of my desktop was on but the computer wouldn't boot, no fans, or anything. I think I may hear I slight click when I do press the power button

Here are my specs.
Asrock fm2a78m-HD+ motherboard
AMD Radeon CPU
GPU GTX 960
650 watt thermtake power supply

Any ideas or help would be great.
 

A:New power supply, Computer won't boot

At this point its tough. You could have damaged the mob when the old power supply died, it has happened before to other computers numerous times.

Are you SURE you have ALL the power supply leads plugged into the correct ports?

If so, I would unplug the power cable fropm the PSU to the wall outlet, then remove the CMOS battery from the mobo and press and hold the POWER button for 60 secs.

Now reinsert the CMOS battery and the power cable and see if it will boot now.

If still no booting, remove the ALL RAM modules from the system and try to power on, it should have a series of beeps if you have a mobo speaker connected and/or flashing light patterns.
 

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We live on a dead-end road out in the bushes in a 3rd-world part of Kentucky; needless to say, sudden violent power outages are a frequent part of life.

As a result, I spend more than my share of time and frustrations in setting our computers back to rights when one of these frequent blackouts messes things up in some way or another; so, sometime back, someone on here suggested I get a device that protects from sudden surges and shutdowns.

I thought I would put this on my Christmas wish list.

I need to stay less than $180 or so; is this a good choice for the price range ?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009TZTGWK/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I3V5ACA1QNCV1I&colid=1DVCIIRSXZ5ME

Thanks for reading.
 

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I was working on a slide show using PROShow and the computer froze up. I mean like it was going no where period. I gave it plenty of time to figure itself out but to no avail.
Unfortunately I had to pull the plug to get it to shut down( I know don't say it!) Well that was it. It will not start. it will not do anything it is just dead. I check the electricity and the plug to which the computer was plugged in to is good. The light I use to check it with lit up.

I even tried a different plug different wall....still nothing.

So I am guess the power supply may have gone out.

Need a tutorial on replacing it. Did a google but nothing came up.
puter hater
 

A:Computer just stopped...power supply

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Hello, im currently working on building a new computer, the PSU I got unfortunantly only has 1x6pin PCI wire but the graphics card I wish to get require's 2. I was wondering if any one could help me with this situation. any advice would be nice.
Computers specs listed below.

Kingston 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL9 DIMM Memory x2
650 WATT Power supply Alpine Black 650 WATT Silent Quiet PC ATX PSU
CiT Mars Midi Tower Part-Mesh Computer Gaming Case with 2 x Red LED Fans & LED Display
ASRock B75 Pro3-M Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel B75, DDR3, S-ATA 600, Micro ATX
Intel Sandybridge i5-2400 Core i5 Quad-Core Processor (3.10GHz, 6MB Cache, Socket 1155
Using a HD and CD-D from previous computer.

Many thanks
 

A:Computer power supply question

That's an absolutely horrendous PSU, return it and get a decent Antec/Corsair/XFX unit. It should tell you something that a PSU apparently rated at 650W only has one PCI-E connector, I.e. it's bad quality and won't output anywhere near 650W.

Out of interest what GPU do you have?
 

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I'm going to take an old computer and use it to store music files and pictures so everyone on my network can access them. Right now all the files are scattered on four different machines which are never on at the same time, gets annoying. Can anyone recomend a power supply that'll operate good/cool under the condition of staying on pretty much 24/7?
 

A:Power Supply Rec, Always On Computer/Server

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CORSAIR AX1200i VS EVGA 1200W

Which one would you buy for your gaming computer?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...438029&cm_re=EVGA_1200-_-17-438-029-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139039&cm_re=ax1200i-_-17-139-039-_-Product
 

A:Power supply, which one would you buy for your gaming computer?

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Will this power supply fit inside of my HP Pavilion Slimline computer? Here is the link to the power supply : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA9PV4W69385&cm_re=flex_atx_psu-_-17-104-195-_-Pr... Thanks in advanced

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This is my computer i would like to upgrade video card to GTX 850 will my comp handle it? How many watts does it have
thanks!

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+S...0xps&cp=1&lp=1

A:How to find out my computer's POWER SUPPLY?

I'm seeing 350W psu...

Dell XPS 8100

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Hi everyone...I just received my new computer. Unfortunately I think they forgot to put in the power cable. So my question is, can I just use the same cable from another PC? Or are the cables specific to the power supplies? Thanks in advance.
 

A:Can I use same power supply cable on another computer?

I have been using the same power cable for about the last 4-5 computers.

I also really should put a newer one on someday. Use your old one. LOL
 

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