A power supply is an electronic device that supplies electric power to another device, such as a computer, monitor or printer. This is achieved by converting wall power (or mains power) to a lower voltage, and in most cases also from AC to DC. Most power supplies also provide protection from ...

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Immediate Restart After Power On - Before BIOS

When I originally built this PC, it had an issue with randomly restarting. I proceeded to try a bunch of things and ended up unplugging everything except the power switch and the cards I have in it. ...
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Why are my games slower on battery power, even with the power set on High Performance?

My laptop is capable of running most games on high settings at a decent FPS. However, if the power cable gets unplugged while I'm playing, the game immediately starts slowing down, even if my power ...
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How can I go about powering a laptop directly through the charger?

A while ago I thought I fried the motherboard of an old Dell E1705 laptop, and I am now realizing that may not be the case. This laptop, when the power button is hit and the battery has just been put ...
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What is the power output of a USB port?

As the title says, what's the power output of a USB port? Is it a standard value, or it may change depending on manufacturer/model, and so on? If that value is not standard, how can one determine ...
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Graphics card fans very loud, no video/unable to boot

So let's back up a few months. I came back from work one day to find my computer on (I remote desktop to it occasionally) but my graphics card (Gigabyte GTX 770 OC-2GB version) fans running very ...
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Laptop Turning On and Off

Just for a heads up, I am not computer hardware savvy, but I do have a basic understanding of parts and what they do. I have not replaced any parts other than the hard drive but that was before the ...
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splitting 6 pin PCI-E cables

I am trying to add a second graphics card to a workstation. The machine already has a GTX970, and i have a spare GTX550Ti and GTX275 floating around. The 275 requires 2 PCI-E 6 pin connectors, the 550 ...
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Is it safe to use a higher supply voltage to a peripheral?

I have an ~10-year-old hub (Surecom EtherPerfect 505ST if anyone's interested) that says "DC 7.5V" below its power connector. Unfortunately, I can't find the adapter, but I do find one that fits but ...
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is it true that UPSs act as bottleneck for computers' PSU?

Once one told me that having a low-wattage UPS would make useless my PC's trillion-watts bad-ass PSU. Is this true? Is this true even for normal plugged usage?
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My computer doesn't start - it is stuck in a turn-on, turn-off loop

When pressing the power button, my computer starts making start-up noises, but after a few seconds it shuts down. Then, after 2-3 seconds, it automatically starts turning on again and a few seconds ...
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What can go wrong when connecting a PSU? [closed]

It will be my first time connecting a PSU. Could someone provide me a good tutorial of how to connect a modular PSU? Also, what's the worse that can happen if I connect something wrong? Can my PSU get ...
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How to test AC adapter?

I have a Toshiba laptop that is no longer receiving power when it's plugged in. How can I tell if problem is in the AC adapter or in the actual laptop? I could buy a replacement adapter (this is the ...
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What kind of power port is this?

I'm planning on getting a new PSU and I was shopping online when I saw this thing. What kind of port is this? I've never seen it before, and I definitely can't find cables for this. For reference, ...
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Need to use both button and paperclip on ATX connector to power the pc

I have some issue on a computer, and after several tests I found out that the only way to safely turn on the computer (otherwise it is dead) is to keep the paperclip on the atx connector and push the ...
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Using iPod as a Mobile Battery Charger [closed]

Is there anyway to make my (3rd gen i believe?) iPod touch output power? Preferably by a vanilla app, jailbreak, or another method that doesn't require tearing it apart. It current is sitting in my ...
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cpu's fan increases without reaching a settle point [closed]

I'm encouterning the followning phenomenon on the hardware side of a pc: When powering up the machine, the cpu's fan (cpu cooler's fan accuratelly) is starting to rotate, but it doesn't settle down to ...
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Strange behaviour on LCD monitor that doesn't turn on

This monitor will only turn on on 1 out of 8 or 10 attempts at pressing the "power" button, only after I had disconnected and reconnected it to the power line before each attempt, i.e.: Connect the ...
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Gigabyte GA-A55m NO POST

Just put together a new computer with some basic parts from newegg. I am getting no video, and no post at all. Nothing from the speaker. The speaker definitely works as I have pulled the memory and ...
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EVGA Geforce GTX 760 ACX Installation issues

I recently purchased a new Geforce gtx 760 from EVGA with ACX cooling, and I'm quite confused with the power supply. The card came with 2 PCI connectors, however one was a 6-pin and the other was an ...
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A bit unsure how to hook my power supply up to my video card

I'm putting together a new machine for the first time in quite a while, and I've hit a snag. My new power supply is the EVGA SuperNOVA 1000W P2 80 PLUS PLATINUM. My new graphics card is the EVGA GTX ...
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Connecting an 8 pin connector to my 4 pin CPU?

I just bought a PSU which has a 4+4 pin for the CPU. I thought that my CPU has 4 pin connector but when i removed it i realised there were another 4 on the left covered by a small plastic piece. My ...
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Is there a difference between 8-pin EPS12V and PCI-E connectors?

I was reading this article, and a question came to my mind. 8 pin EPS12V power cable 8 pin PCI Express power cable Besides the name and the color, these 2 connectors look the same. Is there a ...
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New graphics card - System shuts down when gaming

I bought a new Graphic card yesterday, a Geforce GTX 970, and I swapped it with my old one. and I realize now that maybe I should have done some more research about it beforehand, as it seems there is ...
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Installed graphics card, which color wires connect

I just installed this graphics card, I am unsure of whether to connect the graphics card 3 black and 2 yellow pin to my white plastic power supply pin which has 4 black 2 yellow and 2 red. I am ...
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I just assembled my computer and the motherboard started smoking, how do I know which parts are affected?

I was changing my desktop case and after I got all parts together and turned it on, the motherboard started smoking next to the 4-pin power cable (the one that provides power to the processor). I'm ...
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6 pin PSU and 4 pin motherboard

recently purchased a new gigabtye 970a motherboard. The only issue I have is that while the atx 12v port on the mobo is 4 pin, the PSU cable seems to be 6 pin. Is there anyway to work around this?
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Using multiple power supplies in one PC

I ordered a new computer and - as always - I think about upgrading it before it arrives. I thought about adding another graphics card, which would probably push the current PSU beyond its limits. ...
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Workaround for Dell “Power Supply Not Recognised” issue

So, I have a Dell Inspirion and the power supply port appears to be damaged. Basically when I plug it in I get a nice popup telling me that it couldn't detect that its a Dell power supply so it won't ...
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how to identify the exact type of power supply adapter for my laptop by reading the specs on the adapter?

I had this problem with power adapters in general but in this case I feel brainlocked. There are tons of specs on that power adapter, but I cannot identify it. My HP laptop has such a weird plug to ...
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How can I troubleshoot why my computer shuts down unexpectedly some time after gaming

I played Shadow of Mordor on optimal settings, the temperatures were good. After I was done playing, the temperatures got back to normal in seconds of course, yet 5 minutes later my computer just ...
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Do graphics cards, HDs, and other components use different amounts of power even if they use the same slot?

I’ve had this question in my head for a while, and was finally prompted to ask after reading this question which partially hinges on the answer. My question is: does the amount of power used—and ...
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Dell inspiron n5010 has failed to recognize AC adapter

Recently my dell inspiron n5010 has failed to recognize my 90W adapter (despite powering it just fine). Full error message: "The AC power adapter wattage and type cannot be determined. the ...
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PSU compability

I would like to ask a few questions about this PSU: RM Series™ RM1000 — 1000 Watt 80 PLUS® Gold Certified Fully Modular PSU Computer specifications: Case: Compucase 6C11BS-UT Motherboard: MB H77 ...
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External batteries and maximum output (Multiple devices)

I'm about to buy an external battery with this output specs: AC 230V/ 50Hz. 65Watt (max 85 Watt). It would be similar to this one; picture below for reference: I’m used to see amperage ...
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CPU, GPU fans spinning at full speed after shutdown

My computer has been running fine for 4 years, but yesterday it starts to exhibit odd behavior: After I shut down the computer, the CPU and GPU fans start spinning at full speed (everything else ...
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selfbuilt pc shuts down and restarts. 1 long and 2 short beeps

I have built a new pc and I almost finished. When I turn the computer on I starts up but then shuts down again. The beeps I'm getting is 1 long and 2 short which I think is the video card or ...
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POST failure - Motherboard, PSU, GPU or other?

Last night, I was playing Far Cry 4 and had been at it a good hour or two when the sound suddenly broke up and stopped; next the PC switched itself off. It tried to reboot, but keep failing in a ...
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My Asus Laptop Power Supply is Broken — or is it?

System is an Asus N53S laptop. For several months I've been having the standard problem with a flaky DC plug that doesn't work unless it's positioned just so. Just to make life more fun, the battery ...
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workstation making contineous beep noise

Our silicon mechanics workstation (don't know the exact model, I am guessing it is purchase 5 years ago, The model is either superX8DA3 or super X8DAi according to the manual I found on top of this ...
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Should my HP Pavilion dv6000 operate w/o battery pack while using electrical plug-in? Mine won't

While using my computer, it shut down, and I cannot get it to turn back on. I have tried removing the battery to see if the computer would work without it, but it did not. The light is on where the ...
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USB hubs that actually implements Hub Port Power Control? [closed]

No USB hub I have tried actually seems to support "Hub Port Power Control" properly that is required for USB 2.0 compliance. The USB 2.0 standard states that : Self-powered hubs may have power ...
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PC Power Supply [duplicate]

Is 750 watt power supply enough for the following configuration: geforce gtx 980 intel core i7 4790k 16gb ddr3 MSI z97 gaming 5 motherboard ssd basic (for os) 2tb hdd some additional fans
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What does it mean when my HDD doesn't show any S.M.A.R.T attributes?

I have a Seagate 2TB HDD (about 3 years old) and I've started having strange issues since installing a new PSU (my previous one was on the blink as it kept intermittently restarting my PC). 1 day ...
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PSU/GPU/MOBO failing? I'm at a loss here

Here is my total system specification: System Information Time of this report: 11/22/2014, 21:41:56 Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack ...
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DELL Inspiron N 5050 doesn't Power On until I Plug-in the Charger

I bought a Dell Inspiron N 5050 last week, and recently discovered a problem with my laptop. It doesn't Power On until and unless I Plug-in the charger. After I plug-in the charger, it boots up ...
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System won't boot: Gigabyte HD 7790 1GB OC GPU issue or Corsair VS550 PSU issue?

Installed a new GPU, and PC won't boot. Turn it on and: No monitor signal at all (tried HDMI and VGA via DVI, on 2 working monitors). CPU and GPU fans DO spin, but No system beeps, no sounds from ...
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Waking from sleep causes instant shutoff

I am going to be very detailed as this seems extremely confusing to me ... I just completed upgrading a few components in one of my builds (list of components at end of thread). Everything works ...
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PC won't start. Not even to BIOS

I have a PC that’s just over a year old. Today, while playing a game, it suddenly shut down and I smelled a slight smell of something burning; no fire, don't worry~ After this “incident” my PC won’t ...
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reliable/redundant PSU for SOHO server build

I am after reliable SOHO server build. I went with ECC RAM, quality NAS-grade harddrive and now I am looking at the PSU. I cannot seem to find any good redundant PSUs that would fit into the ATX ...
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What about placing a voltage regulator behind an UPS with modified sine output, to protect an active pfc psu?

I moved to an area/building where there are quite some problems with the wall-power supply. Primaraly I would like to protect my computers, secondary I would like have some affordable UPS for some of ...