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Re: [vox-tech] power supply

I've had power problems. They are just as described, strange.

My problems were on a 486 running win95 (this was before I discovered 
linux) with 2 HDD's and a CDRom. I had a single power lead from the power 
supply (250w) that was split (by who ever manufactured the PS) that I 
foolishly connected another y splitter that powered both HDD's and the CPU 

In my case the, I chalked up the strange problems to windows until the PS 
gave out all together. When I replaced it, the strange happenings went 
away. Since then I have loaded down power supplies with 3 HDD's, a CD-
ROM, CPU fan and extra chassis fan. I just make sure that I purchase the 
biggest PS I can find (now I run a 400w). You shouldn't have any problems 
with the config you mentioned. By the way, Power supplies are very cheep 
(dollar wise) at the Computer Shows that show up here in Sacto.


On 21 Sep 2000, at 16:03, Foo Lim wrote:

Date sent:              Thu, 21 Sep 2000 16:03:22 -0700 (PDT)
From:                   Foo Lim <fwlim@ucdavis.edu>
To:                     vox-tech@franz.mother.com
Subject:                Re: [vox-tech] power supply
Send reply to:          vox-tech@lists.mother.com

> You're welcome, Pete!  :)
> Honestly, I've never ran into any problems with power.  I just recalled an
> article about power being a problem if a system doesn't boot after adding
> new peripherals.  I think you're safe if you don't run all of them at the
> same time like you suggested.  (If someone, like Mark or Jeff, knows
> better, let us know!)
> I have 4 devices in my system (cd, rw, 2 hd) & floppy.in my main system
> that uses a 250W PS, and it's fine.
> FL
> On Thu, 21 Sep 2000, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> > thanks, foo!
> > 
> > this is the first use i've ever heard of for radio shack...  :)
> > 
> > if i add just 1 more device, do you think the power draw of a non-operating
> > device but plugged in peripheral would smoke my supply?
> > 
> > in other words, if my machine has 4 power connectors, and i add a 5th, would
> > my power supply go belly up just on the base non-operating base draw of
> > current of a plugged in device?
> > 
> > i could just make sure to not run the cdrom drive, cdr/w, jaz drive, floppy
> > drive, and my 2 hard drives at the same time...  more realistically, only
> > the hard drive and cdrom drive would be running at the same time.
> > 
> > i know there's no warrantee here, but do you have any experience with adding
> > 1 more device to a system?
> > 
> > just plugged in my cdr/w and jaz drive.   i have to say, when something
> > works in linux, there's nothing easier in the whole wide world.  opening my
> > computer's case was a LOT harder than getting the cdr/w and jaz drive to work
> > properly...
> > 
> > pete

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