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This is a bit odd, today, went to power on my older 2nd system, and it just spun up the fans for 1/2 sec, and system shut off again.
Tried again, same thing.
Turned the PSU off, and on, tried again, and it fired right up.

Checking voltages via hardware monitor in windows shows all looks OK.

Next day, same thing was going on, and had to do the same thing to start it again.

I don't have a spare PSU to test, but, just wondering if anyone has run into something like this before, is it usually PSU related, or mobo ?
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This is a bit odd, today, went to power on my older 2nd system, and it just spun up the fans for 1/2 sec, and system shut off again.
Tried again, same thing.
Turned the PSU off, and on, tried again, and it fired right up.
Checking voltages via hardware monitor in windows shows all looks OK.
Next day, same thing was going on, and had to do the same thing to start it again.
I don't have a spare PSU to test, but, just wondering if anyone has run into something like this before, is it usually PSU related, or mobo ?

Wouldn't surprise me at all if it's the PSU. I had the exact same PSU and it died about 4-5 months ago. In fact all of these power supplies seem to be dying this year or late last year.
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Originally Posted by KobaltRock View Post

This is a bit odd, today, went to power on my older 2nd system, and it just spun up the fans for 1/2 sec, and system shut off again.
Tried again, same thing.
Turned the PSU off, and on, tried again, and it fired right up.
Checking voltages via hardware monitor in windows shows all looks OK.
Next day, same thing was going on, and had to do the same thing to start it again.
I don't have a spare PSU to test, but, just wondering if anyone has run into something like this before, is it usually PSU related, or mobo ?
Could be both, most likely the PSU though... is it still in warranty?.. if no then open it up and check the caps on the secondary... but first check for shorts inside the case.
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Could be PSU, Memory, or Board... and more likely, a combo of 2 of them.

Don't bother with software voltage programs either, useless.

When I ran 3 PC's, one would do that. I'd have to shut off via the back switch, take memory out, put 1 or both sticks back in, and try again.

It wasn't the PSU (Antec EA650), Or the memory (G.Skill Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ DDR2 2x2GB), or board (GIGABYTE GA-P43-ES3G 775) but a combination of the memory and motherboard not getting along well.

However, the gamexstream is crap. Could be that.

You can always paper clip start it (disconnect from everything, paper clip green to black) and see if it stays on or has developed an intermittent shut down issue.
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post #5 of 15
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Yeah, I know it is crap, but it was the only one available at the store that had the wattage I needed.
Purchased in '06, so warranty is long gone.

Guess I'll try the good ole paperclip test, and see what it does.

Then after that, I'll open it up and check the CAPs.
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Yeah, I know it is crap, but it was the only one available at the store that had the wattage I needed.
Purchased in '06, so warranty is long gone.
Guess I'll try the good ole paperclip test, and see what it does.
Then after that, I'll open it up and check the CAPs.

OK for 06' it was fine smile.gif

If it's the PSU, I'd certainly look at it as you got your money's worth if it does have to be replaced.
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post #7 of 15
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Well, from the reviews I read *after* I bought it, they all seemed to say it wasn't that good of a PSU.
Yeah, I got my $$$ out of it.

Tried the paperclip test, and wouldn't start.

Opened it up and... had blown CAPs.

While I don't have a working camera (you know, that is another thing that failed this month mad.gif), I found a review of the PSU, and circled the blown CAPS that I see...



The tops of the CAPS are bubbled up, and have brown crap coming from them.


Next question, what do I do with a dead PSU, surely there is something I can do to it before tossing it in the trash ? (No, I don't have thermite or a gun available.)biggrin.gif
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post #8 of 15
Try replacing the capacitors. Although those are only filter capacitors, so they might not be the reason it failed.



Failing that, liquid nitrogen and a hammer also work:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8985
post #9 of 15
Not worth the trouble really, just scrap it.
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After taking it apart, found 3 capXcon CAPs blown out of 5, so if I didn't cut the wires to get access to the last screw hidden under that web, don't think it would be worth it to replace them.

Was looking at some heatsinks on that thing, and it looks like the piece next to the circled area and the center one are soldered in, instead of screws ? Is that cost savings or something ?
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