Power cable (noob question) yay

  Jimbob5311 18:28 27 Jan 2017
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Hi, I recently picked up an old PC someone gave me (it's from 2004) but it has no power cable. Can I use any cable that fits the hole or do I need a specific cable for the PC? Are there different types of power cable?

Thanks

  Secret-Squirrel 18:47 27 Jan 2017

.......Can I use any cable that fits the hole..........

Yes you can - but make sure it's got a 3Amp fuse.

The cable you need is likely to be this one:

  Jimbob5311 19:05 27 Jan 2017

Yeah I've got a couple of those, thanks. Just wanted to make sure

  Burn-it 20:04 27 Jan 2017

Usually and also known as a "kettle lead" which are the same - though those WILL have a 13amp fuse which you should change.

  Jimbob5311 21:46 27 Jan 2017

So I'll have to buy or find a 13amp lead and change it to 3amp? What will happen if I use a 10amp cord?

  Govan1x 21:50 27 Jan 2017

Take the fuse out and put a 3 amp fuse in instead. Not of course if it is one of those sealed plugs.

Give the kettle one a try just to make sure the computer works. Not recommended but I have done it a few times.

  Secret-Squirrel 22:18 27 Jan 2017

Jimbo, I gave the answer to your question earlier. Simply use one of the cables you have already but ensure its plug has a 3Amp fuse. That's all you need to know and do.

  Jimbob5311 22:28 27 Jan 2017

Thanks

  bumpkin 23:35 27 Jan 2017

Just as a matter of interest SS, I have encountered one on an old laptop (mine) that had a very slightly different socket that a standard lead would not fit.

  Secret-Squirrel 08:58 28 Jan 2017

...........I have encountered one on an old laptop (mine) that had a very slightly different socket that a standard lead would not fit.

There are loads of different power connections for laptops. It's only desktop computers that mostly use a common IEC cable like the one in the picture above.

  Jimbob5311 14:26 28 Jan 2017

Can I put a 3amp fuse in a 10amp cable? ARe they compatible?

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