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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 
fan.

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.

-Doug

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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