Sep 28 2007, 03:50 AM
Sorry if I already asked this, but I don't see it, so I assume I didn't.
My friend has a Dell Optiplex GX something (a fairly recent model, 3GHz Pent. D, 1 GB RAM, Radeon X300, 160GB HD) that has killed something like 6 power supplies since he got it. What would be the reason for this? I believe all of the power supplies were between 350 and 450 Watts.
Any thoughts? I'd like to know what the issue is before telling him to go out and get another power supply, so as to not break more of them.
Sep 28 2007, 09:23 AM
Well it defiantly isn't the video card... has he tried to plug the pc into a different outlet? or put it on a Surge Protector or a different one?
It always isnt the hardware... it could be what is providing the power...
Sep 28 2007, 10:22 AM
The outlet works fine for other things, and we have tried different outlets. It wasn't on surge protection, though. Could a power surge have fried them?
Sep 28 2007, 12:08 PM
Indeed :-) Surge or Voltage Drop
Sep 28 2007, 12:11 PM
Thanks much. In addition to getting a new power supply, I think we shall get a surge protector as well.
Sep 28 2007, 05:30 PM
It is my opinion that ANY electronics that do much of anything should be on a surge protector. I have seen televisions that develop crazy weird magnetic defects that make it look tie-die because they weren't on surge protectors. The same kind of thing would be true for computers -- one surge/drop and it's toast.
Sep 28 2007, 06:13 PM
All my computers are on power strips with their speakers and stuff, so I never think about them having/needing surge protection. It's just there.
Thanks for the advice, though. I didn't know it only took one power anomaly to kill a power supply. I thought there's be a chance it'd survive.
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