View Full Version : Open Power Supply? How?

08-21-2001, 12:00 AM
Request your advice, gentlemen.

Roommate turned on 5-year old PC that had lain dormant for a year. LEDs glowed, drives started spinning up, then small pop, small sizzle, burning odor. No visible mobo damage or residue. No clicks, noises, or anything upon recycling power, unplugging everything. We don't currently have a multimeter.

1) Are these signs of a florfed power supply?
2) Is it safe to take the PS apart, and if so, plz give step by step.
3) How much do standard ATX power supplied go for, and can they be fully replaced by hand?

08-21-2001, 02:26 AM
The Sizzle, burning odor say's fried power-supply. While the cause was likely a component dried out (an Electrolitic Capacitor if you want techie talk.) and shorted, it would have taken a few more components with it. Don't even bother trying to fix it! You can replace it with a new and perhaps better supply for under $50.

08-22-2001, 01:33 AM
Assuming we can find one at Fry's in Phoenix, are there any concerns with the install?

08-22-2001, 01:47 AM
Take the old power-supply with you to make sure you get a matching supply. Get one at least the same wattage or better than the original.

Other than that; No. There are no additional concerns.