[mythtv-users] Getting OT - Backend PC Powersupply...is it broken?

William Kenworthy billk at iinet.net.au
Wed Dec 3 11:29:45 UTC 2008

dust bunnies? - are the cooling fins/airflow clear?  Overheating
(particulalrly CPU) can give some weird faults ...


On Wed, 2008-12-03 at 11:05 +0000, Ian Clark wrote:
> 2008/12/3 David Whyte <david.whyte at gmail.com>
>         Hi all,
>         [snip]
>         What are your thoughts on my problem here?  Broken PSU?
>          Broken PSU
>         causing more damage than just the PSU?  What should my next
>         diagnostic
>         steps be?
> Instability and random crashing? Sounds like either memory or PSU to
> me.
> Initially I was going to say it sounds like your memory is going
> wrong, but if you nolonger get any lights on the motherboard it's
> almost definatly your PSU broken.
> My old server PSU did this, the server was off one day when I got home
> from work, didn't think much to it and just restarted it. It lasted
> about a week before being off permanently, and took out the
> motherboard a bit when it finally went. (Well, it was never quite
> right after that.)
> Your next step is to try a different PSU, either from a different
> machine (within an equivalent or better PSU, don't try powering it
> with an old P2 ATX PSU you've got lying around. :) ) I ended up buying
> a cheapo ATX PSU for this purpose, they're always handy to have round
> anyway.
> This may sound like overkil, but if a PSU goes badly it can take other
> stuff with it too.
> If it does turn out to be your PSU then buy a decent replacement. Most
> components in a modern computer can be bought cheap, but the PSU isn't
> one of them. If it doesn't weigh a lot, don't buy it.
> Hope that's some use. :)
> Ian
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William Kenworthy <billk at iinet.net.au>
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