[sclug] OT: hardware issue

Jason Rivers jason.rivers at gmail.com
Thu Jan 10 14:39:35 UTC 2008

I would also suspect the PSU.

you can pick them up pretty cheeply (www.ebuyer.com) I wouldn't use the
cheep mark ones all the time, but they're OK for quick testing and it's not
throwing away alot of cash. unless you want a better PSU for the system you
end up with anyway, then I'd expect paying around ?50 for a good one,
depends how much power you're going to put through it.

if you pull the memory, do you get system beeps (both with GFX in and out?
(3 beeps all same length - can't remember if they're long or short.) i think
no GFX card is 1 long beep followed by 2 short. don't hold me to that
though, it also changes slightly between BIOS's.


On Jan 10, 2008 1:47 PM, Andy Hayward <ach at buteo.org> wrote:

> On 10/01/2008, Darren Davison <darren at davisononline.org> wrote:
> > The only thing I can think of now is some fault with the PSU - supplying
> > incorrect voltage/power, or a dodgy power cable from the PSU to the
> > board.  Am I likely to be in the ballpark?  I just can't think of
> > anything logical that explains all of the above symptoms and I'm getting
> > a bit hacked off at replacing expensive components without better
> > confidence that it's likely to fix it.
> How old is the machine? Any older than a couple of years and I would
> definitely suspect the PSU.
> Does the machine work 'better' (for some values of 'better') if you
> leave it off for a day or so?
> -- ach

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