Home Forums Tech Helproom Power cable (noob question) yay Forum Rules | Contact Forum Editor | Report a Post Pages 1 2 >> Next… Power cable (noob question) yay Jimbob5311 18:28 27 Jan 2017 Locked 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? Pages 1 2 >> Next… This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.