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

Ian Clark mrrooster at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 12:46:52 UTC 2008

2008/12/3 David Whyte <david.whyte at gmail.com>

> On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 9:05 PM, Ian Clark <mrrooster at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Instability and random crashing? Sounds like either memory or PSU to me.
> >
> I did do a memtest but the output displayed on the monitor was all
> garbled for whatever reason.  Also, I ran a live CD but it wouldn't
> boot very far and left me with a continuous 'segfault' message every 5
> seconds.

Something's definatly not right by the sounds of it.

Now that I can't even power on the machine I think the only thing I
> can do from here is get a new PSU.

If you don't mind taking things apart, whip the cover of your PSU and have a
look inside, it's quite possible you'll find there are some blown capacitors
in there (they'll have domed tops and be covered in an icky looking brown
gunk.) this is what'd happened to mine.

However, PSUs do deal with mains voltages, so if you're at all unsure DO NOT
DO THIS, you can get some nasty voltages in there, and there are capacitors
that will store charge for several hours after it was last plugged in.

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