power failer?

  the pie eater 15:36 30 Jan 2008

hi all i was running my pc as normal when it all just shut down, i cant even get power to the unit,

would it be worth while taking it into a shop for repair or can i change the power unit or scrap it?

  MAJ 15:41 30 Jan 2008

If you have a spare power supply unit, try it first.

  the pie eater 15:51 30 Jan 2008

thanks i will try but does anyone know how i can get the stuff off my hard drive

  MAJ 15:55 30 Jan 2008

If the hard drive hasn't died and you can't get the PC running again, just install the hard drive into another computer as a Slave and drag and drop the files from the old hard drive to the hard drive in the other computer.

  the pie eater 16:09 30 Jan 2008

can i place the old drive into a laptop? is there anything on the market that would allow me to do this ?

  MAJ 16:25 30 Jan 2008

Not into the laptop but you could install the drive into a drive enclosure, which would then connect to the laptop via USB. click here

  MAJ 16:29 30 Jan 2008

I'm not sure whether your drive is a SATA drive or an IDE drive, so look for one that does both. Like this one for example click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:57 30 Jan 2008

If renewing a PSU check:

1. The physical size of your PSU, some are hard to replace due to being a non standard size.
2. The amount of power need from the PSU don't skimp.
3 The correct connections for your equipment

1. Physical Dimensions

Besides the specs and form factors, the physical dimensions are also important factors in selecting a compatible power supply. Here is an outline of the physical dimensions of most standard power supplies:

# ATX: 6x3.5x5.5", HxWxD. Most common. Uses 4 mounting screws.
# Mini-ATX: 5x3.5x5", HxWxD. Rare size. Uses 4 mounting screws. Can be used in a regular ATX case, but often not the other way around.
# MicroATX: 5x3x4", HxWxD. Use 3 mounting screws. Not interchangeable with ATX or miniATX.
# Flex ATX: Even smaller than Micro ATX. Various sizes according to case specs; often not interchangeable.

Use the data above to determine if a particular power supply would fit your case.

The quality of a power supply can be estimated by its weight. While this is not a true scientific or thorough measurement of the power supply reliability, it is nevertheless a very simple and easy way for ordinary PC users to estimate and compare the quality of a power supply.

2. Power supply calculator click here

3. Correct connections
Some boards have 20 pin connectors others 24 pin
There is often a 4 pin plug required to power Intel CPUs
Molex D plugs for IDE HDD and CD/DVD drives
SATA power connections for latest HDDs and DVD drives.

Guide to changing PSU
click here
click here

  Demora 17:16 30 Jan 2008

I hope you checked the 'Fuse' in the plug too.

Easy thing to overlook.


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