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PSU Failure?

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Well, I've posted about getting a new PSU soon sometime, but now I came across another question... My computer just shut off randomly and rebooted, and when it loaded XP, it said, "You're computer has just recovered from a serious error." How do I find out if this was because the PSU couldn't handle all of my equipment. BTW, right now I have a 400w PSU, not the one that is in my specs.
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The best way to assess the situation is to check the label on the PSU (or go online) and get the amperage for the various rails. In particular, check the 12 volt rail. Your system appears to be rather power hungry, and if the amps are low, it could certianly be the cause of the problems you're experiencing. It's a bit more difficult to test this directly, but the indirect method should be pretty telling.
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12 volt should be at least 30 amperes
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