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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by noelg24, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. noelg24

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    So I finished playing a game on my gaming machine and about 5min later I was mucking about on my laptop when my desktop machines turned off for no reason...

    Turned out the sockets tripped in the electricity. So I went to the box and put it back on...but it wouldnt stay on...so I tried again and again and it finally came back on.

    For a while I didnt think anything as to why it tripped until recently...I went to turn on my gaming machine to play a game...and it wouldnt power on...at all...the PSU was showing a light so I knew that was fine...I have tried a different power cable and its not that at all...then I noticed the motherboard normally has a little green light on but this time it didnt...so I thought hang on...maybe thats what caused the power to trip in the first place! but how and why? no idea!!

    So its looks like a new motherboard is to be acquired...good job it wasnt bought online...I wonder if the shop where I bought it from can do me a deal :twisted: anyone else ever had this problem?
     
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  2. wizard

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    Nothing really to do with the problem at hand.

    What game had you just finished playing?
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    Bad luck.

    Do you use surge protectors etc?
     
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    Do you have a surge protector on your games PC mate?
     
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    Are you sure you just didn't lose the 5v or 3v rails into the motherboard from the PSU? That could happen, still leave the 12v rails working, and your computer still wouldn't boot.

    From having a direct short tripping out the circuit breaker I'd suspect PSU before I would motherboard. It's possible for one to take out the other no matter which failed first, but PSU would be my first suspect.
     
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    Sorry I dont understand what u mean by this...and as for everyone else yes I do have a surge protector on it...and the game I finished playing was Juiced 2...doubt that would have anything to do with it...:biggrin
     
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  7. wizard

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    Basically try another PSU before deciding the motherboard is knackered.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_supply_rail
     
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    thats what I was thinking of doing...but the only other PSU I have is in my main machine and that thing is so cluttered with cables all over I cant be bothered lol...however I think I will buy a tester tomorrow from Maplins...at least that way I will know for sure, right?
     
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  9. Theprof

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    That happened to me before when I was building a new system and it was the psu at fault.
     
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    so from what everyone has said...its possible its the PSU? this is not what I want to hear :( lol...damn...I bought the damn thing off ebuyer...such a lovely PSU...its all blue and shiny...ok...what I will do is buy a PSU tester tomorrow...test the PSU...if it is indeed buggered then a new one is on the cards...but this time...Im going up-market...yes im going to get a higher PSU...possibly 600W or 700W as this one is a 580W...wait maybe thats it...maybe the 580W couldnt do it...but then if it has a peak load of 630W that should theoretically be ok...right? My motherboard is an ASUS M2R32-MVP...ok im gonna do a quick check on this...
     
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    I bit the bullet and went ahead and tested with the other PSU...I turned on the power on the PSU (not the PC) and the green light came on the motherboard...so it has been verified and tested people...the PSU is dead...bugger!! lol...

    luckily I just remember I bought this on ebuyer...and they have their usual returns thingy...and since I only bought this in Oct I believe I will sort out the whole thing...so looks like no games for the time being...this is why I am glad I built the gaming machine...cos if I had one PC and the PSU went off...I wouldnt be happy at all...
     
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  12. Theprof

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    Oh well at least you get to go and get a more powerful one. :biggrin
     
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    yes ur right I hope so...just cos been looking on the ebuyer site and my PSU is currently out of stock...does this mean they might charge me extra for new and better one? or not? cos to be honest I wouldnt mind having the same one back...otherwise they better make sure the new one provides as much blue LED as the other one did...:biggrin
     
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    That really depends Noelg, how their customer support is. I've exchanged stuff in the past for better products without paying the difference because they could not exchange my current defective product because it was out of stock. Other places don't really care, especially if the company is small. Good luck on that Noelg.
     
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    Well its something to go by...thank you kind sir...I am sure they will probs turn round and say I wont need to pay the difference so here's hoping...I have just submitted the form for returns...so lets see how it goes...seeing at is the holiday period...lol...:biggrin good job i have my other PC for watching DVDs
     
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    I guess so, it is the holiday like you said. At least you wont get bored, the other pc is still running.:biggrin
     
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    indeed...and my trusty little laptop too :biggrin
     
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    Power supplies produce a range of voltages. They have 12, 5, and 3 volt output circuits. Each of the different voltage circuits have different positive and negative wires to complete those individual circuits, and have separate windings inside the power supply itself. That means both the 5v and 3v circuits could fail and the 12v circuit still be working, or any other combination you could think of. As the 5v and 3v normally power the motherboard's circuits if they die the motherboard will not have power, but you'll have power to fans, hard drives, optical drives, etc....
     
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  19. BosonMichael
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    A good PSU is (usually) cheaper than a good mobo... so count yourself blessed! :D

    What brand of PSU? Don't skimp... a bad PSU can damage all sorts of other gear in your box. Not that yours did... just warning you of what COULD happen. Personally, I'd not get the same brand again, if I had one fail on me... shiny blueness or not.
     
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    This is very true as I bought a cheap power supply for my main computer and after six months it went after a power surge. I didn't realize this at first as the PC would not power on after 10 to 15mins and then it would after these time. On one occasion it finally did not power on whatsoever, then I bought a more expensive power supply unit at 600watts from ebuyer and it has been running as smooth as smooth can be.

    Moral of the story, don't skimp or buy a cheap PSU:)
     
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