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post #1 of 51
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I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but I'll go ahead and ask anyway.

Last night I was sleeping with my computer running. A loud bang from my rig awoke me, and I noticed that the computer had shut off. Hoping that it was just due to an automatic update, as the rig has only been in use for the last few days, I got up to try to turn it back on. Of course, it didn't power back up. I've tried a different outlet, thinking a surge may have shorted it or tripped the breaker, but that didn't work, and I noticed my monitor was still working from the same outlet. I had everything plugged into a Belkin surge protector, but I don't necessarily know that a surge had anything to do with it.

My PSU is the EVGA Supernova P2 1000w, so I should be able to RMA it just fine, but what are the chances my other components are fried too? Or, I guess, what are the chances it was something besides the PSU? It doesn't seem as if the PSU is reacting at all when I plug it in, but I don't really have any way to test it to be sure.
post #2 of 51
Same exact thing happened to me with a Corsair AX860i. Luckily, nothing was fried although the hard drives did start failing shortly after. Was plugged into a Belkin surge protector and made a loud bang noise and sparks shot out the back. If there are damages, I'd look into EVGA's warranty and see if they cover component damage caused by their PSUs. I know Corsair did when I had my H100i leak.
post #3 of 51

Test the PSU using the paper clip trick:

 

https://startpage.com/do/search?cat=web&cmd=process_search&language=english&engine0=v1all&query=psu+paper+clip+trick

 

You may need to have a case fan plugged into the PSU in order to know if the PSU is still functioning. Of course, this won't guarantee that the PSU is still able to provide enough power to an entire computer, but it's better than nothing.

 

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Originally Posted by Bigm View Post

Same exact thing happened to me with a Corsair AX860i. Luckily, nothing was fried although the hard drives did start failing shortly after. Was plugged into a Belkin surge protector and made a loud bang noise and sparks shot out the back. If there are damages, I'd look into EVGA's warranty and see if they cover component damage caused by their PSUs. I know Corsair did when I had my H100i leak.

 

Then I wonder if it's a problem with Belkin's surge suppressors.

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post #4 of 51
You can test the PSU by doing the paper clip method. Take a paper clip, fold it out and stick on end into the green wire and the other one into any black.
But that PSU i very good and should not do stuff like that :/

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As TC said tongue.gif
    
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post #5 of 51
Twocabs is the man ^^

pcoutu17: IT does sound like the psu is dead, but if its a half decent unit it will only kill itself as apposed to taking out other stuff. My seasonic x650 psu died, it had been making this "clapping" sound every time I turned it on at the back for ~6 months, then one day it just didnt work. Powered on for half a second then off. Got RMA'd instantly.
post #6 of 51
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the quick responses guys! I'll take the unit out and do a quick paper clip test before I box it up and ship it out. At least it's sounding good that my other components might be okay. I'll definitely be getting a new surge protector though.

Any chance I could get EVGA to cross-ship without having to pay the collateral?
post #7 of 51
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Originally Posted by pcoutu17 View Post

Any chance I could get EVGA to cross-ship without having to pay the collateral?

Not sure what you mean by this, but if EVGA are anything like seasonic I had to ship my psu back with original cables so that they could test it, then they sent me a free upgrade in return. All this was done in less than a week, superb service.
post #8 of 51

Yeah, I can't imagine that any company would feel comfortable shipping out a new PSU for an RMA before receiving the old one.

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post #9 of 51
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Some companies have programs where they ship you a new unit at the time you submit an RMA. So, basically they ship you a new unit at the same time you ship the defective one. I know EVGA does have a service like this but you have to pay the price of the new unit as collateral, then they refund the money when they receive your unit. I just want to have as little downtime as possible. Between switching out parts and other issues, I've been trying to get this build done for for 3 months.

I'd be perfectly fine providing my credit card information as collateral, but having ~$200 tied up for a couple of weeks isn't necessarily something I'd like to do (if I had to pay and then wait for the refund).
post #10 of 51

You might be able to buy a good PSU for well under $100 to hold you over during the RMA.

 

What video card(s) do you have?

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Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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