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Hi. So, my friend called me a few days ago to ask me about buying a new PSU, because his computer wouldnt turn on. Today I visited him, and he asked me to take a look at it. When the Power button is pressed, the computers turns on for a sec. and then back off. After that you have to take out the power chord before it'll turn on for a sec. again. So what I did was, unplug the 24-pin and PCI-e cables, and then use the trick where you take a metal wire and connect the green wire and one of the black ones, to hotwire the PSU, to make sure that it was a PSU related issue. Same thing happens, when the connection is made, it turns on for a sec. and then off, until I break the connection and connect them again.
So Im thinking, a loose connection somewhere in the 24-pin cable. Am I right ? If so, how can we fix it, and if not, do you have any ideas what else it could be?
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post #2 of 5
That is a faulty overload safety. All modern PSUs have an overload safety to protect the PSU and other hardware from damage in the event of a short. Though a faulty overload safety will trip even under normal load. The reason it works when you break the connection is that it resets the safety. I have seen many a PSU suffer from this. There is a slight chance that you may be able to fix it but it is rather unlikely. Try opening it up and blowing the dust out, if you are lucky it is just a conductive piece of dust in it that is throwing the safety. If that doesn't work the safety is often on a small vertical break-out board connected to the main PCB you might be able to fix it.
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post #3 of 5
just replace it
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Originally Posted by DSP1 View Post

That is a faulty overload safety. All modern PSUs have an overload safety to protect the PSU and other hardware from damage in the event of a short. Though a faulty overload safety will trip even under normal load. The reason it works when you break the connection is that it resets the safety. I have seen many a PSU suffer from this. There is a slight chance that you may be able to fix it but it is rather unlikely. Try opening it up and blowing the dust out, if you are lucky it is just a conductive piece of dust in it that is throwing the safety. If that doesn't work the safety is often on a small vertical break-out board connected to the main PCB you might be able to fix it.

That sounds very likely. You say that I might be able to fix the safety, other than blowing on it. Can you elaborate?
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 500 GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB NZXT Kraken X60 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2311h Steelseries G6v2 Silverstone Strider Plus 850W CM HAF-X 
MouseAudio
Logitech G502 SB X-Fi Titanium HD 
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Core i7 2600k Gigabyte Z68X-UD3P MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Kingston HyperX Blu 8 GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 500 GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB NZXT Kraken X60 Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
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Dell U2311h Steelseries G6v2 Silverstone Strider Plus 850W CM HAF-X 
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post #5 of 5
Return it, some protection is getting triggered for no apparent reason.... it's a defective unit.
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