[nSLUG] Frequent hang ups

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Sun Feb 3 20:50:59 AST 2008

Bad power supplies can happen even with
no electrolyte thrown out.  I recently replaced
a PS in a system that even checked OK with
a basic 12V ATX power supply tester.  The system
had been spontaneously rebooting shortly after
a start up.  With the PS replaced, everything
was fine again.  Many people who have a few systems
keep around a spare PS from an old box so they have
one for quickly testing like this.

With case and power supply priced under $60 at many retailers,
the failure of power supply isn't unexpected - the components
are cheap and just not designed to last long.

On Feb 3, 2008 8:20 PM, Vikram Chhatre <crypticlineage at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I am not certain that the power supply looks bad, all the capacitors
> > in your photo's appear to be intack.  The brown goop inside your power
> > supply looks more like a glue to help stabilize all the components.
> > Especially since it is also covering the inductors.  http://forums.legitreviews.com/about8078.html
> >    Bad capacitors tend to look a little puffed out at the top with a
> > brown crusty looking substance dried on to top of them. (http://www.jebswebsite.com/misc_pics/ibm_mobo_capacitors.jpg
> > ).
> >
> Really?  I didn't even think about that.  But yeah, none of the caps
> have blown their tops.  And for that much goop to exude from caps, the
> PSU should have smelled bad too, no?  You're probably right.  The PSU is
> not bad.  But just to make sure, I will check with my multimeter.  Is
> there a website that explains what colors represent what terminals
> inside a computer?
> I will let you know if the problem comes back.  If it does, and the
> voltage outputs are all right, I will replace the video card and then
> take it from there.
> Vikram
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