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#1 Constantine

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 03:05 AM

Dear Whiz kids,

My son has a new P4 computer. It is actually still under warranty. The power supply has died. We will be taking it in for service in the next few days and having it replaced.

Meanwhile, he has no computer. But we do have a couple of older computers that we have been cannibalizing for parts. One is a PII the other a PIII. Can we simply use one of these power supplies in the new comp? What should we look for? Wattage? Voltage?

We have no clue.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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#2 Leurgy

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 10:50 AM

First of all, you need to be very careful when working inside a computer to protect against static discharge. See ESD Protection for some tips.

Every power supply has a label indicating how many watts are outputted. If one of your other power supplys is similar in watts you can probably use one of those.

Having said that, if you open a computer that is under warranty you will usually void that warranty so its not really a good idea to make the switch.

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 11:52 AM

You said it was a P4 right?

P4 Power Supplies are made specifically different than other power supplies, i.e.: PII and PIII. They have the regular 20-pin ATX connector and another 4-pin connector for an extra 12V, I believe. Hope this helps.

Also, since the computer is still under warranty, I'd sugest not messing with it yourself.

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Posted 24 September 2005 - 05:07 PM

Dear responding whiz kids,

Thanks for that advice. It sounds sound:)

I will leave it alone and get it sorted under warranty.

Another problem resolved successfully!

Thanks

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