Questions tagged [voltage]

Voltage is the measure of electrical current. This tag should only be used when asking questions related to powering computers and peripheral equipment. It is not for asking about voltage issues related to the commercial supply of power to your home or office.

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Hooking up my power switch/reset switch/LEDs

I'm working on building a computer (first time for me). There are several plugs that I need to connect to the motherboard (Power LED, reset switch, etc). Of the two wires, they are either: Color ...
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How does Windows detect battery issues?

I have a laptop that's a little over 5 years old, and I've never changed the battery, so I believe Windows 7 when it tells me "there is a problem with your battery", and to consider replacing it. My ...
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I am in a EU country where it says on the socket 16 A / 250 volt. Can I charge my laptop which takes 100-240 volt / ~1 A?

My laptop started turning off randomly and I thought maybe it's because of this socket.
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Is it better to use an offset or manually set CPU voltage (with respect to CPU longevitity)?

The Background: I recently built a new computer, and I'm working with the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard and Intel i7 2600k processor. While this question does not pertain specifically to my hardware, ...
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Got shocked by a native dell laptop charger outputting 19.5 V 6.5 A DC. It was REALLY uncomfortable, but was that dangerous?

Okay. My laptop was running out of battery. I grabbed my charger (outputting 19.5 V 6.5 A DC) which was plugged into the wall, and as I touched the end of the charger I got some electric shock going ...
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Can I have too high a PSU power rating?

I have just ordered a 650 W PSU for my computer which previously had a 300 W, in order to install a more powerful graphics card. However, I didn't check whether anything would blow up ...
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Under what conditions will a group-regulated PSU damage a modern computer?

These days, group-regulated power supply design is considered obsolete and is ideally avoided—primarily due to the poor regulation under crossload. For example, Shilka pulls no punches here, and while ...
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I have a 3.3 Volt PCI ethernet card working on a 5 Volt PCI slot. How is it possible?

This is the design for PCI slots: As you can see, there are 32/64 bits and 3.3/5 Volts. For what I know: 32 bits PCI cards can work in 64 bits slots of the same voltage. 64 bits PCI cards can ...
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Charge Apple computers bought in USA to use in Europe

I bought an Apple MacBook in the US and would like to use it in Italy. On the cable, it says: 2.5A 125V. What are the possible solutions to charge my computer? Use an adapter, a plug converter or an ...
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USB-C Chargers: Is it safe to charge a phone with a laptop's power supply?

I have an HP Chromebook and a Nexus 6P smartphone, and both of them use USB-C connections for charging. When I plug the Chromebook into the Nexus's charging cable, it works fine and I just get a ...
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Mouse rating 1.5V | Can I use a 1.2V rechargeable battery safely?

My mouse rating is 1.5V, I've been using it with alkaline AAA batteries which provide 1.5V. My question is, if I have a 1.2V rechargeable battery, is it going to work anyways without issues? I'm just ...
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What are good values for PSU voltages?

I have an odd computer I'm trying to fix that will crash only during the setup of an OS(crashes on every OS I've tried so far) It's not overheating and it is stripped down as much as possible and I've ...
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Can computer power supplies use North American 240V (hot-hot-ground)?

Simple question: Most computer power supplies are auto-sensing between 110V/120V and 220V/240V. This begs the question, can they use 240V in North America i.e. connected to both hots (red and black)?
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How to optimize PLL voltage

I am overclocking my Core i7 (Ivy Bridge 3770K), aiming for a moderate overclock. Currently I have it easily stable at a pleasant 4.4GHZ - BCLK defaulted at 100.00MHz, with the multiplier set to x44. ...
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Is it safe to use a laptop AC adapter with 220V power if the AC cable is not rated for 220V?

The AC adapter supplied with my laptop is designed to accept voltage in the range of 100-240VAC at 50-60Hz, but the AC cable that plugs into the adapter unit itself is only rated to 125VAC 7.5A 2.5A. ...
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Different RAM voltage

on my PC I have 2 kingston RAMs. The only difference is that one runs at 1,35V, the other at 1,5. As you can see frequency, latency and others doesn't change. My motherboard is an Asus K30AD_M31AD-...
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Ever have bad voltage on an ethernet jack on a router/switch?

So I've got a bit of an odd problem I'm trying to solve. I have an ASUS RT-N66U router which has a desktop, xbox, and my brand new NAS directly wired into it. Whenever I hook the brand new NAS up ...
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CPUs: more transistors, less voltage?

I have read in an article that newer CPU cores have narrower circuit tracks so more transistors can fit in the core. The author wrote that since there are more transistors, the voltage is reduced. "...
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Lenovo Trim Yellow rectangular power adapter

Need Lenovo Yellow Power adapter connector information, its a MYSTERY to me!! Options ‎ Hello all, I recently just purchased my first Lenovo products with the new Yellow rectangular power adapter. ...
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PSU voltage with multimeter

My PSU started making some noises even when the fans were stopped. I also had USB problems (two USB devices burned) so I checked the PSU voltages with a multimeter. I removed the PSU and connected it ...
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Can Current Backflow from Powered Hub's Adapter & cause PC Damage?

Getting this short: Can current flow from a powered USB hub's power adapter (lying 10 Meter away) back to computer via usb port and cause damage to Computer components like mobo, etc? What should be ...
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Intel DH61AG CPU, fans, and voltages not reading in BIOS

I'm looking for the cause and/or fix of an issue when during start up of the DH61AG board the fans go full speed as they normally do but stay at full speed rather than slowing. In the BIOS the PC ...
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PC power supply & normal range for voltages reported in BIOS hardware monitor?

I'm trying to diagnose whether my computer has an ample power supply. Sometimes when I play a video-intensive game, both monitors lose the video signal, even though the computer remains on and sound ...
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How do I change GPU core voltage?

I've got an AMD Radeon 6790 with Mint 14, and I'm experimenting with over-clocking the GPU for Bitcoin mining. Right now, I'm running it at 990/130 stable at stock voltage (I think 1.185V), but I ...
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Can I run a router with a lower voltage power adapter?

The power adapter for my Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 router died - its output was 10V, 1000mA. I've tried using a replacement adapter (7.5V, 1000mA) and so far it works. Is this situation stable, or should ...
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PSU voltage and microfreezes

A week ago, my PC started exhibiting a problem. When scrolling in a web browser or trying to game, microfreezes happen randomly. The PSU is five years old, and some of the voltages look out-of-spec, ...
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Weird voltage issues - intermittent low 5V line

My computer has developed a strange ailment: when I turn it on, the 5V power line from the PSU is very low, hovering at around 4.2V. This is intermittent however, sometimes it jumps back up to 4.98V. ...
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Same voltage, different amperage for two power supplies

I've just plugged an 18.5V 6.4A HP power supply into an HP laptop; I normally use an 18.5V 3.5A power supply. Since the connector fit, I figured I'd give it a go... so far no funny smells or fires. ...
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Are all DDR3L (1.35V) DIMMS safe to use in a computer system that uses DDR3 (1.5V) DIMMs?

The sales support of (the consumer/prosumer sales subsidiary of) a DRAM manufacturer answered a pre-sales question I made with (translated from an email in French): 1.35V Memory DIMMs are dual ...
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Is PSU voltage ripple something to worry about?

I'm currently putting together my first computer and I've had my eye on a Fractal Design Newton R3. From all of the reviews I've read this PSU comes out shining with the exception of voltage ripple on ...
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My dlink power supply broke, I found a similar one on old boxes. Is it going to damage my router if used (specs and pic inside)?

I have an old dlink wi-fi router to connect old 802.11g devices at home. It's power supply just fried after a storm. Buying a new power supply is almost the same price as a used router like mine, and ...
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Turning on lamp pauses sound in my headset

I have my headset connected to my PC with USB. When I turn on my lamp on my table (fluorescent) the music from my headset pauses for about a second while the lamp powers up. Then it's back to normal. ...
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Does the power consumption for non-scaling processor vary from idle to busy?

Even though newer processors come with scaling (SpeedStep, Cool'n'Quiet), some computers have motherboards with outdated bios which do not support the feature. Thus, they run at full clock speed. Even ...
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Increase voltage on PCI serial port

I have many serial based cash drawers. An issue that I continually face with them is firing the latch strongly enough to open the drawer. I believe there is a capacitor that must be charged and if the ...
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Can low voltage damage laptop or it's battery?

Sometimes I get very low voltage in my house. I am worried if I connect my laptop charger to the socket, will it damage the charger, battery or the laptop itself?
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Higher voltage requirement for lower clock frequency

Is there any reason for a CPU to require a higher Vcore to achieve stability when running at a certain speed, than the Vcore that the same chip requires for stability when running at a higher speed? ...
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Usefulness of multi-core in the context of power-efficient computing

I'm considering options for a new portable PC. I'd like to keep power utilization at a minimum, while being able to run batch jobs as quickly as possible. Batch jobs I can generally parallelize ...
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Using RAM stick with different voltage?

I would like to upgrade the RAM of my laptop. its a Toshiba Satellite L850 - 13D, Windows 10 , 64 bits, it has 2 slots for RAM, the one I have is 4gb, I don't know if I can add another one, but ...
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Insufficient power from an adapter

Would not having enough power (or voltage or amperage) from an adapter make a laptop no longer charge/boot up (if the battery is out of power)? What about causing shorts? And would using a different ...
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Do motherboards automatically set memory voltage?

Let's say I have a motherboard whose stock PC3200 DDR memory modules are fed a standard 2.6 V. I now replace them with performance sticks, which according to the manufacturer need to get the "...
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wireless router power adapter replacement 0.5a vs 0.6a

i have a wireless router with no power adapter, it needs a 9 volts 0.6 amperes adapter but i only have 9 volts 0.5 amperes power adapter. Will 9 volts 0.5 amperes power adapter damage my wireless ...
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PSU blue wire reads strange voltage

I was testing my PSU with the paperclip method and checking the voltage of every wire just to be sure it is 100% functioning. What surprised me was that every wire was working just fine but one, the ...
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Is it safe to use non-genuine laptop's battery

I own an Hp pro-book 430 G2 Laptop, While I found batteries compatible with this model they weren't exactly the same. My battery is RA04XL while What I found has RA04 written on it. Both batteries Li-...
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Does Silicon Lottery apply to individual CPU cores/threads compared to the others?

Can individual CPU cores or threads clock faster than the others due to Silicon Lottery? Is it then reasonable that the rest of the cores are held back by the slower one as they need to match it's ...
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What are the dangers of high CPU voltage?

I have a i7 6700k Skylake and I have her overclocked at 4.7GHz with 1.7V. I've seen people saying that you should be wary of putting the voltage over 1.5V, but they all seem to be related to core ...
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Motherboard is showing 24v instead of 12v

I have put together a new PC build and when I turn on the machine it's showing me the following error/warning: "Asus anti-surge was triggered to protect system from unstable power supply" Besides ...
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Can I reduce the consumption of a Peltier cell by lowing down its voltage? [closed]

I have recently bought a Peltier cell: a small board that cools any device, like a CPU or a GPU. I have tested it and it works fine, but its power consumption is too high, due to its intake of 12 ...
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Which software to log voltage readings? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good tool to monitor my computer’s sensors? Utility for monitoring fan speed etc I need to test my windows system when playing 3D intensive games and would like to ...
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Serious voltage and temperature problems

My computer has been acting up when I play games so I wanted to look into why. Issue 1: GPU Temp According to afterburner and speedfan my 8800GTX idles at 90 degrees and then when playing games ...
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UPS switches to battery power when plugging in devices?

Over the past week or so I've had my UPS switch over to battery power briefly when plugging in new devices (possibly limited to just AC -> DC chargers, but haven't tested anything else). I had ...