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July 21, 2013 4:44:50 AM

Hi guys, I think my loaned psu may have just died.
We had a power cut and my pc wouldn't switch back on, I know everyone will say "is a surge protector on it" yes yes it is, I made absulutly sure the surge protector was on it, I also checked the plug in multiple different extension leads, no joy, I've had moments where it can come on whilst laying down, when I put it up right it won't work again. Now it won't turn on
at all!! I've disconnected literally everything apart from the cpu and mobo,
still nothing, there is a weird type of smell from the psu, does this indicate that it's gone boom?

It wouldn't turn on whilst under my desk, I put it only bed side ways it'd run, infact I even managed to play a game!!! Put it back under my desk, turn it on, nothing happens.
Not even my fans came up.
Put my old low power psu in, and bam everything works again.

Is there any way to rule out other components such as gpu mobo cpu hdd or disk drives?

Or is it the sheer fact that it runs with another psu, that says it was the main one that kicked it?

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July 21, 2013 5:19:37 AM

Please replace your burnt PSU & hope its demise did not break any other component.
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July 21, 2013 5:20:20 AM

So it is defiantly the psu?
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July 21, 2013 5:33:19 AM

After putting it into another pc and trying it, it worked, powered it up every time I tried, wtf
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July 21, 2013 5:37:28 AM

Dreadbeard said:
After putting it into another pc and trying it, it worked, powered it up every time I tried, wtf


Wow. That is really unusual, with your main computer it works on it's side but not laying flat? Now it works on a different computer? hmmm...Maybe your PSU isn't big enough to run your main computer.
Mind posting Specs of the computer ( current PSU included )?



{If you are smelling something burnt coming from the PSU, then yes I'd say it had it or will very soon. Better off getting a new one just to be safe, once you install the new one I'd recommend running a full system diagnostics to be sure nothing was damaged ( components ). Make sure you get a big enough PSU with maybe 30% more than required so you know you got more than enough juice for everything. }
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July 21, 2013 5:39:21 AM

Current psu is a 600w powerstation
Msi gtx 550 ti cyclone ii oc
Amd phenom ii x4 95w cpu
A76gmv mobo
2 case fans 2 hdds 1 DVD r
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July 21, 2013 5:41:45 AM

I can hear some sort of high pitched squeal from the psu, with nothing attached.

This only happend after the power cut
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July 21, 2013 5:48:43 AM

It's weird, it now powers up my system again, and I can't jump to a new psu, I don't have any cash unfortunitly, and this psu isn't even mine, it's n loan from a repair shop
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July 21, 2013 5:53:29 AM

After connecting a DVD-r and hdds, no worky unplugged both, still no works
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July 21, 2013 5:57:43 AM

Dreadbeard said:
It's weird, it now powers up my system again, and I can't jump to a new psu, I don't have any cash unfortunitly, and this psu isn't even mine, it's n loan from a repair shop

I'd start saving up money to get a new one as soon as you can. Given that it's on loan is worrisome. Since the loaned PSU probably isn't really built to handle your rig. Keep any links to some good PSU's so you have an estimated amount you need to save up.
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July 21, 2013 6:00:44 AM

This psu is actually an upgraded version of my own, my one ran for a year, but after realising it was rattling like an absolute ***** I sent it back ,they loaned me this one, wich is an upgrade from mine, same make and everything, but I had a power cut a few hours ago, wich appears to have surged the absolute **** out of the psu, why it can run every now and then I don't know
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July 21, 2013 6:01:06 AM

Dreadbeard said:
After connecting a DVD-r and hdds, no worky unplugged both, still no works


Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it sounds like the PSU isn't strong enough to run everything. Try plugging it into the MoBo, GPU, CPU and see what happens. If it runs, then one at a time add other components to the power supply ( be sure to shut it off first then turn it on ) it's a slow long process. Disregard this if it works sometimes.

I'm assuming by power cut, you mean a power surge? What joule ratting is your surge protector rated for? I think the safest lowest joule rating to get is 1000 joules.
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July 21, 2013 6:03:49 AM

I've tried that, I plugged it into the mobo and cpu, it ran, I added both hdds and a DVD drive, it then didnt run, in total my system is only supposed to use maybe 300w max, it's a 600w psu.

When I tried running it with just the hdd and DVD r I also went to add the 12v, I added the road to the psu then up plugged it, I didn't have the gpu in at all, not even on the mobo.
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July 21, 2013 6:06:17 AM

Put the older, lower power psu in, every thing hooked up apart Fromm gpu, as it can't power it, and boom everything works again
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July 21, 2013 6:08:55 AM

Dreadbeard said:
I've tried that, I plugged it into the mobo and cpu, it ran, I added both hdds and a DVD drive, it then didnt run, in total my system is only supposed to use maybe 300w max, it's a 600w psu.

When I tried running it with just the hdd and DVD r I also went to add the 12v, I added the road to the psu then up plugged it, I didn't have the gpu in at all, not even on the mobo.


Dreadbeard said:
Put the older, lower power psu in, every thing hooked up apart Fromm gpu, as it can't power it, and boom everything works again


You got a bad PSU unfortunately. The power surge may have damaged it. Going to have to buy a new PSU, or if you know someone that has a spare that can power your rig.
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July 21, 2013 6:12:25 AM

Well mine is in repair, it's slightly lower power then this, but worked for a year until I realised it was also a bit faulty, I think it's the brand name, that just can't live up to things, this one was absulutly fine, until the power cut, this is nearly a week before my 18th, I'm supposed to be getting a new mobo and case, ugh, ill have to contact novatech tomorrow and tell them their psu bugged out, I bet I have to pay for it -.-

Mde me feel like I just want to stop trying with pc's this is the second psu in the same name that has gone poof, though the first one still ran, it had the worst rattle / bubbling to it.
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July 21, 2013 6:19:51 AM

Antec, XFX, Corsair, and Enermax are reliable brands, if you do get the budget to buy it. Plus since you plan to get a new Mobo you'll want to make sure everything is compatible too. Hope they don't charge you for the bad PSU, not your fault because there was a power surge.
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July 21, 2013 6:29:49 AM

I had a surge protector on too that's what I don't understand, and why does it work every now and then, it's such an odd thing to happen, I'm currently running a 350 w psu without my gpu at the moment, everything powered up just fine,
Ill have to look at a new psu' I know that all components are able to runs its it, includingy cpu, I mean run with my mobo.

I thought it might be the 12v rail that bugged it out, but then I realised, after the surge happend I had it running on its side wi everything in the case, gpu included, then I it it on my desk, standing p ad boom no power at all through out my case, layer it flat again still no power, I can run a mobo fine, but if I add more to it, it seems to bug out, my dad says he can't see them charging me for it as long as I leave out the fact there was a surge, I'm not sure ill have the budget to buy a psu though so I'm stuck.

I know mine is under. Year of warranted still but doubt I can have it changed with that.
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July 21, 2013 6:31:54 AM

Happy birthday! With your "luck" you are due for great success. cheers
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July 21, 2013 6:50:23 AM

I hope I am, looking into a mobo and case upgrade, the mobo so I can support sli eventually, and so I can take on better ram, and better CPUs and just about everything better, I've been reccomended what seems to be a nice mobo.
And the case I've pretty basicly chosen is the nzxt paphantom 410, in white.
I just can't keep having psu's failing on me, I nearly officially gave up with this today, and I really really hope it is the psu and not something else.

By what it seems, the fact it'll run every now and then, and won't the next second says to me it's the psu, but I'm not sure if I can be certain on it or not, ocd kicks in here,
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July 21, 2013 6:54:57 AM

You said there is a SMELL. A word to the wise, don't push your luck or upgrade money will be spent fixing that piece of crap.
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July 21, 2013 7:00:07 AM

Trust me I'm not using that psu, it's boxed up now. It wasn't a huge smell, I feel it may have just been a bit of a usage smell, but no idea, it wasn't overwhelming like "oh Christ turn pc off now" it was just a nose up to grate and could smell something odd.
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July 21, 2013 7:09:25 AM

Thank you, I feel better now. Let us know how it goes. :p 
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July 21, 2013 7:11:25 AM

But what I want to know, is does it defiantly seem like a dead or dieing psu, worked with the mobo of another pc, would work with mine until I attached more to it, or placed it on my desk, does this all seems to go with a psu dieing? What about it being intermittent, working one second not the next. Or could it potentially be my surge protector strip causing an issue, but then, why will everything else run off the strip, including a lower tech psu?.

Can psu's have special gear inside of them to detect a surge, and it somehow is detecting one whilst I gear it up, though why did it run with everything t
In my first test after this.
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July 21, 2013 7:16:39 AM

Dreadbeard said:
But what I want to know, is does it defiantly seem like a dead or dieing psu, worked with the mobo of another pc, would work with mine until I attached more to it, or placed it on my desk, does this all seems to go with a psu dieing? What about it being intermittent, working one second not the next. Or could it potentially be my surge protector strip causing an issue, but then, why will everything else run off the strip, including a lower tech psu?.

Can psu's have special gear inside of them to detect a surge, and it somehow is detecting one whilst I gear it up, though why did it run with everything t
In my first test after this.

Some do have built in surge protection ( though not as good as a PSU/surge protector, but those signs are to my best guess signs of a dying PSU.
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July 21, 2013 7:18:40 AM

Truth be told in a way, I hope it is the psu, at least I'd know what it ws, and how to fix it. My psu brand is a novatech powerstation, so it's store own, maybe that's where I went wrong, getting a brand without a whole lot behind it, I bought mostly every peice of kit from novatech, no issues, just my psu's both of wich are the exact same brand.
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July 21, 2013 7:25:24 AM

Could of just been a faulty one, happens. Even the best of brands get faulty ones too. I had a Corsair 800W fry my last rig because of some faulty wiring in the PSU case it's self.
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July 21, 2013 7:34:13 AM

Aye I'm hoping so, really naffed me off, and got me worried because gaming is all I do haha, now currently I can't do it to my full pc rate, I went and read alot of review n the powerstation brand, and supposedly their excellent quality, so I feel maybe this one was on its last legs as it was a loaner, I just still don't understand how it could somewhat power things up, and then not, and then do it over again.
I feel it maybe my surge strip causing issues, but then why does it run now with another psu
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July 23, 2013 11:21:19 AM

I got a brand new psu, yay :D , though I have a question, do all new psu's give off a slight smell when rand new?
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July 23, 2013 5:39:53 PM

Yes some do, but it will dissipate in a couple of days. Normal.
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July 28, 2013 7:07:59 AM

It's like buying a new car, only the new car smell is better than a PSU. lol The smell will go away after a while.

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