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Old 02-01-2012, 12:13 PM #1
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I think my psu went out

Yesterday my pc crashed while I was using it, when I press the power button the led on the faceplate flashes for a second as does the cpu fan lights but instantly goes out. The motherboard light is on but I dont have another psu to test. I checked all the wires and nothing is loose I switched the ram, unplugged the gpu, hard drive and disk drive but still no power. None of the fans or the neon strip come on either

How can I tell if its the psu without a spare?
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:23 PM #2
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Well, you might be able to get some useful information with a multimeter, but probably if that was your skill level you wouldn't be asking.

Best bet is to find another PSU and switch it out, there's not really an easy way other than that.

Also, if your PSU went, there's a good chance it took other components with it.
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:11 PM #3
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only way i can think of for testing to see if your psu went out is the paperclip test
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:26 PM #4
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only way i can think of for testing to see if your psu went out is the paperclip test
Care to elaborate? Sounds like im gonna shock myself.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:49 PM #5
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Care to elaborate? Sounds like im gonna shock myself.
I believe he talking about jumpstarting your PSU without powering up through your mobo.

I only use this method to test fans through a fan controller or test lighting. But I mainly use this method for filling my water-cooling loop and leak testing.
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I only use this method to test fans through a fan controller or test lighting. But I mainly use this method for filling my water-cooling loop and leak testing.


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Old 02-01-2012, 09:40 PM #7
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be careful if you do and by all means DO NOT TOUCH THE PAPERCLIP!!!!! I know of someone stupid enough to do such a thing...
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:45 PM #8
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You must either be made of something more conductive than copper, or not know electrical theory, if you think you're going to get super ultra mega zapped from that.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:55 PM #9
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You must either be made of something more conductive than copper, or not know electrical theory, if you think you're going to get super ultra mega zapped from that.
well of course you wont get killed or sustain major injuries, but it sure as hell was painful when you add in sweaty palms and not thinking about it
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:57 PM #10
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:03 PM #11
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>touch both ends of a battery at the same time
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:08 PM #12
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i felt a jolt damnit! haha

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Old 02-03-2012, 10:21 AM #14
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Can someone reccomend a psu neweggs calcuator says I need a 500watt, preferably one I can get at frys or compusa so I can get it today.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:21 AM #15
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OCZ ModStream. Decent if you want modular.

OCZ ZS. Better supply, not modular.

XFX. This is a really good supply, if I remember correctly it's built off a SeaSonic model. Probably the best combination of power and price out of any of these.

Antec Basiq. Not a terrible supply, but I really wouldn't recommend it unless you don't have another choice. It's just an old design.
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Can someone reccomend a psu neweggs calcuator says I need a 500watt, preferably one I can get at frys or compusa so I can get it today.

Got the fry's ad right here, give me a minute.


EDIT: Nothing is on sale in the ad, just go to the stores and look at Antec, Corsair, OCZ modstream or anything 80+ certified, some thermaltakes are good, etc.


EDIT2: Have you tried the paperclip test yet? Anything?
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:58 PM #17
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EDIT2: Have you tried the paperclip test yet? Anything?
Not yet but im on my way home from work and I think I disconnected everything except the fans so in about an hour I will be able to test it. All I need is one fan connected to the psu correct?
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:11 PM #18
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Well, that would test the 3.3v rail I believe, don't quote me on that. Not if it's supplying enough power to the motherboard or video card.


But yeah, do the test and see if the PSU fan goes on and your case fan(s) go on. I think a multimeter test would be more conclusive though for everything else. Maybe plushdragon and his bad English will pop in.


I doubt you want to wait around 5 days, but Newegg has a good quality OCZ 550w on sale. $25 OCZ rebate and Newegg gives you a $20 gift card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341047

$45 after rebate. If the PSU is bad of course.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:17 AM #19
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Replaced with a antec something 550 watt 80 bronze. Got it to power evrrything but Im missing the atx 8able because its a 4pin and the plug on my new psu is a 6pin.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:24 AM #20
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Get an adapter or but the correct PSU. You should ALWAYS always always look and see what connections are on the PSU before you buy it.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:28 AM #21
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6 pin is for PCIe, there will be a 4 pin (square) ATX power connector for sure. Usually you can get away with using only 4 of the 8 pins. There may be a second 4 pin attached to the "primary" 4 pin to make up the second half of the 8 pin EPS power connection. Hell, it may even have a dedicated 8 pin. Higher wattage units do for sure.
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