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Old 11th January, 2005, 11:15 PM
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PSU blew up

After the first PSU blew up upon building my PC i ws being really careful to make it work this time. Without using the case i assembled the main components on my desk, motherboard, ram, chip, hard drive and graphics card and PSU. The computer turned on fine and began to boot up to the boot disk screen.

After this i decided to fit it into the case, this time the cd/rw drive too. Everything was pugged in ok but when i switched on the PSU i could hear a high pitched wailing sound followed by a bang and a bit of smoke fom the PSU. i hadn't turned on the PC itself. It could be the PSU because its a fairly cheap one as im working on a budget but i dont see why this would happen twice. also im not keen on spending loads of money on a PSU only to have it blow up in my face.

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Old 11th January, 2005, 11:18 PM
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Maybe, something within the case is shorting something-out. E.g. a mobo stand-off in the wrong place is causing a short on the back of the mobo.
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Old 11th January, 2005, 11:23 PM
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thanks for the quick reply. on the back of the mobo there is a metal plate that connects to the bottom of the fan. could this be touching the mobo tray and shorting it out?
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Old 11th January, 2005, 11:27 PM
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If correctly fitted it won't cause a problem.

I swapped the plastic one on my mobo for a steel one. It should have a sticky pad between the plate and mobo.
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Old 11th January, 2005, 11:30 PM
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the case didnt come with a sticky pad or anything to go between them. you reckon thats it? the old PSU blew up when it had been fitted in the case too.
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The pad is a type of shim which goes in between the heatsink backing-plate and the back of the mobo.
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Old 12th January, 2005, 12:14 AM
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How many stand-offs did you use on the motherboard tray?
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Old 12th January, 2005, 06:30 PM
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ok i realised my mistake. i was installing the stand offs wrongly, time to buy another PSU. it doesnthelp when there are no instructions included at all with a case. thanks danrok
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Old 12th January, 2005, 07:19 PM
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Your not the first to make this mistake and won't be the last!

Glad you got to the bottom of it.
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Old 12th January, 2005, 08:26 PM
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lol damn i hate that better luck next time buddy
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there is a good thread on 'what did you blow up today' in RN, I think.

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