I have just taken delivery of a new PC, spec below, in normal use all is well, when I play Battlefield 1942 or BF Vietnam, after about 10 minutes the fuse in the mains power to the PC blows! Any ides folks
P IV 3.0GHZ 2GB RAM (400Mhz) 800Mhz FSB Gigabyte M/B with Intel 875P chipset DVD-RW +/- XP Pro 200GB HDD (7200rpm) Leadtek FX5950 Ultra 256 Graphics Card Sound Blaster Audigy Card Midi Tower Case 400 watt PSU
Is it just the PC being powered from that wall socket or is there a multiway with lots of stuff plugged in. If it's just the PC then I would advise you to stop using it. You have been lucky so far; it's probably the power supply going short, the next time the plug fuse (which is to protect the house wiring, not the thing attached to it) may not be the only thing that melts. Contact the supplier asap.
If there are other things on a multiway, check those out too.
Posted - 16 Mar 2004 : 22:03:45 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A 3amp fuse should be ample for up to 700w??????? If a 5 amp fuse is blowing you better be extremely careful what's happening in your pc!!! a 13 amp fuse is made to withstand 700w to 3000w so this should not be needed for a pc psu??
The problem could be that your psu is not powerful enough but 550w should be more than enough!!!
The only way i can imagine your psu is not poerful enough is if everything is powered from your base unit!! With my pc i have very little powered by my psu (screen and printer are both plugged directly into the mains)
taken from another forum so the issue of useing a 13 amp fuse is worrying enough there is a suggestion that the PSU is either not man enough for the job or is faulty
Playing computer games will not blow electrical fuses, this is something that requires urgent checking. When you say the fuse in the main power fuses, are you refereing to the 13 amp fuse in the standard 3 pin plug or the mains power from the in-house distribution board.
If it is the standard plug, check [with power off] the wire connections for loose joints, screw etc. If the plug is a sealed unit with a slot for the fuse,then you will need to check this with a test meter.Jiggle the cable about, there could be a breakage somewhere in the length of the cable. If the fuse is in the distribution board, get an electrician in.
Remember: Electricity is the silent killer, so don't try anything if you are not sure.
neil.s may be describing which fuse is blowing, not its rating. A 3A fuse should be ample, as above. The trouble is, many are shipped with a 13A fuse. If it is indeed a 13A fuse that is blowing, don't turn it on until it's been repaired.