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September 10, 2009 6:48:27 PM

I have an Antec 550 Basiq power supply. My system has been having random crashing and lockups, so I decided to test it. I put a volt meeter on the plugs as instructed here
http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2005/03/02/learn-how-to-d...

On the Black and red I got 5.0-5.01 but on the yellow I got around 11.89-11.85. Is that acceptable,or a failing PSU?and is there any more tests I can do for the PSU to see if it is failing?

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-BASiQ

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a c 243 ) Power supply
September 10, 2009 8:15:12 PM

12v +/- 5% ( 11.4 - 12.6 )is the acceptable range
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a c 121 ) Power supply
September 10, 2009 8:38:59 PM

While not as good as their other models, the Basiqs have tended to review pretty well too. Random crashes are as likely to be memory and/or heat as anything else, so check for those too.
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September 10, 2009 8:52:45 PM

BASIQ said:
I have an Antec 550 Basiq power supply. My system has been having random crashing and lockups, so I decided to test it. I put a volt meeter on the plugs as instructed here
http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2005/03/02/learn-how-to-d...

Not bad, as far as the article goes. It's dated 2005, and very obsolete. The orange wires should be 3.3 volts.

Unfortunately, the only real way to test a PSU is by substituting a known good PSU of adequate capacity.

I would never buy an Antec Basiq. I think they cut too many corners in that line to meet the price point. I have three computers with other Antec models (one 8 years old) in them. To be fair, I have to admit that I'm never on that tight of a budget.

Exactly when do you have the random crashes? What are the rest of your system specs?

jtt is right. Random crashes can be caused by memory or thermal problems. Also buggy drivers - especially video drivers.


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September 10, 2009 11:11:39 PM

Well, here's the full story.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

Well, I was hoping it was the PSU, so I unpluged all unnecessary things, and the system still crashes.. Earlier today the mobo beepcoded no video card,so I changed to my second PCIE power and it finally started... So I wanted to test the PSU further, and since its the only PSU I have that has a PCIE so I would have to buy another one just to test... So I was looking for ways around that like volt meters and ram tests and the like...

One of the oddest things about this random freezing is, I can play say Rainbow 6 Vegas 2 for 2 hours straight, and the system's fine. Good as new, I will then quit and say go to google, surf then walk away for 5 min, come back and the system will be frozen... It freezes at completely random times. So I am getting EXTREMELY frustrated at my 1yr system
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