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Windows 7: Using power supply outside of computer

29 Jan 2011   #11
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you do this often you need one of these.


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29 Jan 2011   #12
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
If you do this often you need one of these.
Hmm, I don't do it all that often, but I like that anyway. It's inexpensive and simple.
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29 Jan 2011   #13
the jimmy

Win 7 32bit HP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kodi View Post
If you do this often you need one of these.
Thanks, I'm handy enough to make my own, besides the shipping from down under would kill me
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29 Jan 2011   #14
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Just out of curiosity, what would shipping probably cost on a little item like that "down under"? I know that I have ordered things from overseas, and the shipping has always been pretty nominal, unless I got impatient and had to have it now.

EDIT" OOPS! That's coming from down under, rather than the other way around. It still shouldn't cost too much, but I found that their shipping calculator didn't work, and I didn't feel like registering for an account.
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29 Jan 2011   #15
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I'm not sure what you mean by not safe, because it is only 12 volts and isn't going to shock anyone. As far as it shorting out to something else, that could be prevented by using an insulated wire.
Todays PC power supplies are switching power supplies. To work correctly they require a load. Using a paper clip or piece or wire to jump start them is not recommended. In some cases the power supply could fail in a very bad way. The power supply tester has load resisters in it to allow you to safely power it up with no motherboard connected. Many people have used a paper clip and got away with it. If the power supply is high quality with short circuit and overload protection it probably won't self destruct. Its still not good for it though.
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29 Jan 2011   #16
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I bought several Y-splitter power cables. Linked them together & came out the back of computer in one of the empty slots. Works great with a Tri-Head USB adapter


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29 Jan 2011   #17
the jimmy

Win 7 32bit HP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Just out of curiosity, what would shipping probably cost on a little item like that "down under"? I know that I have ordered things from overseas, and the shipping has always been pretty nominal, unless I got impatient and had to have it now.

EDIT" OOPS! That's coming from down under, rather than the other way around. It still shouldn't cost too much, but I found that their shipping calculator didn't work, and I didn't feel like registering for an account.
You're probably right, that was my first impression



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
I bought several Y-splitter power cables. Linked them together & came out the back of computer in one of the empty slots. Works great with a Tri-Head USB adapter
Good solution
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29 Jan 2011   #18
the jimmy

Win 7 32bit HP
 
 

Quote:
Todays PC power supplies are switching power supplies. To work correctly they require a load. Using a paper clip or piece or wire to jump start them is not recommended. In some cases the power supply could fail in a very bad way. The power supply tester has load resisters in it to allow you to safely power it up with no motherboard connected. Many people have used a paper clip and got away with it. If the power supply is high quality with short circuit and overload protection it probably won't self destruct. Its still not good for it though.
Interesting, did you have to look that up or do you have an electrical background? Just curious
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29 Jan 2011   #19
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you are using it outside the case it means that you will be testing something with it,if you feel like it just plug a fan or something similar into one of the molex connecters and you have a load on the PSU.
I have used this method on very old and very new PSU's without any problems.

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29 Jan 2011   #20
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by the jimmy View Post
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Todays PC power supplies are switching power supplies. To work correctly they require a load. Using a paper clip or piece or wire to jump start them is not recommended. In some cases the power supply could fail in a very bad way. The power supply tester has load resisters in it to allow you to safely power it up with no motherboard connected. Many people have used a paper clip and got away with it. If the power supply is high quality with short circuit and overload protection it probably won't self destruct. Its still not good for it though.
Interesting, did you have to look that up or do you have an electrical background? Just curious
I'm an electronic technician by trade. I have been trained in PC repair and maintenance. At one point in my career I did a short stint in a repair facility and one of the things I worked on were switching power supplies. They weren't PC power supplies but the principles of how they work are the same. I'm retired now.
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