[rescue] x86 power question

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Mon Nov 13 11:39:04 CST 2006

>From: velociraptor <velociraptor at gmail.com>
>Date: 2006/11/13 Mon AM 10:09:34 CST
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] x86 power question

>On 11/13/06, Patrick Giagnocavo <patrick at zill.net> wrote:
>> On Nov 13, 2006, at 10:52 AM, velociraptor wrote:
>> > I'm still wrestling my x86 box...and have another question.
>> >
>> > I actually got out the DMM and measured my +12V and +5V rails under
>> > load.  I discovered the +5V was low enough to be out of spec.  (+12V
>> > is rock solid.)  I'm pretty surprised, as the PSU is a higher end
>> > Antec True Power 550W, so I have a query in about a warranty repair.
>> Are you sure none of the capacitors are bad?  Can you look at the
>> underside of the mobo as well (check for anything that looks out of the
>> ordinary)?
>I haven't cracked open the PSU; I'm hesitant to do so because of it
>still being under warranty.
>I didn't note anything out of the ordinary on the motherboard, but
>didn't check the caps specifically.  I still need to calculate out the
>actual load that all the gear in the case was pulling before I started
>taking bits out just to make sure I didn't ignorantly overload the
>PSU.  As it ran for 6 months without any problems at all, so I'm
>wondering if the PSU's +5V rail was just marginal in the first place.

I was at CompUSA this past weekend and saw a 1 KW power supply for PCs...


It was about $249, IIRC - here's a link:



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