Posted 26 May 2009 - 12:41 PM
"If the power supply is "good" it will turn on and the fan will spin as if it were inside your computer"
Don't use that to judge whether or not a power supply is good.
A power supply that is bad to the point of immediatly frying motherboards can come on & still appear to work.
Do some googling & read how many emachine, HP,Compaq, etc., with Bestec power supplies "come on" but doesn't do anythying.
That paperclip to test a power supply is a novelty & VERY misleading.
Not only can a bad power supply come on but testing voltage at an idle just doesn't cut it.
A power supply is under the heaviest load during boot up.
In order to be tested properly a power supply needs to be tested under a load.
If you want to gamble on frying motherboards & components trust the paperclip trick.
People on this forum need to quit even recommending that misleading novelty.
Nobody should recommend parlor tricks that puts expensive components in a high risk catagory.
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