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My computer is screwing with me; or maybe it's just me
Will someone please tell my computer to stop screwing with me? (On the other hand, I am the one that made the decision to go ahead with a lower-range power supply when I got the barebones kit)

I shut it down last night since I wasn't idling in any chat rooms or staying on Gaim (AIM/ICQ/MSN/Yahoo). This morning I get down here and push the power button, and it shuts back off within a second or two. ... I try unplugging the CD/DVD-ROM drive and it still won't go more than a second or two. I then unplug the hard drive and try again and, what do you know, it powers up all the way. Problem is, without the hard drive I have no OS or data, just a BIOS. I fiddle with it some more but no luck. Yegads, I'm getting tired of buying things for this computer, it's sucking the life out of the money I was going to save for a laptop.

I'll ask my brother for help on selecting a compatible power supply (don't want to burn the motherboard out next) and see if there's anywhere local I can get it. I don't feel like waiting till next Monday for NewEgg to get around to shipping it and next weekend to install it. I need to get things done, and I need my computer to do anything on! ARGH!

Current Mood: irritated irritated
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raist_ From: raist_ Date: February 9th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Compatible power supply? As long as the connectors match (which most do nowadays), there's no problem.

What's the wattage on your current PS? And what all are you trying to run on said wattage?
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 9th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
The current power supply says it's a 350W power supply, but... *shrug* it throws so many numbers out there I can't be sure. I'd be willing to say it's only a 200W power supply.

Let's see... I have a 250GB 7200RPM ATA133 hard drive (that's the new addition. It used to be just a 12GB and 36GB), 1.8GHz AMD Duron, 32MB nVidia GeForce MX 100 video card, wireless PCI adaptor, CD/DVD-ROM drive, AverMedia PCI TV input card, and that's pretty much it other than the motherboard itself.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: February 9th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
With that gear, I'd probably go at least 400W.

But you'll notice that certain brands of power supplies are more reliable then other brands of power supplies. This is simply a fact of life. EL Cheapo de Taiwan is not conducive to long-lived computing.

Turning off randomly can also be a power failure, motherboard/proc issues, or heat problems, for general perusal.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 10th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the advice. I'm going to have my brother go with me to a local computer shop and see if they have any worth buying. Otherwise I guess I'll have to buy it from TigerDirect, NewEgg, or some other online store and wait a week for it to get here.

Speaking of power supplies on NewEgg, I was reading the reviews for one of the cheap power supplies ($10) and almost everyone said it went out within days or the first month of getting it. XD Definitely going to watch out for that.
swanhart From: swanhart Date: February 10th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
That 7200 is going to pull a lot of juice as it spins up.

Add the older AMD and an AGP video card and you easily have the need for a 400W power supply.

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