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#1 Nov 12 2013 at 7:03 AM Rating: Good
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So I left my PC on last night, it was off this morning and when I tried to turn it on again the power button lit up for a second and nothing else happened. I turned off the power on the PSU, made sure all cables were connected well and tried turning it on again. The only thing that happens now is a red led blinking on the motherboard next to where the cable from the PSU is connected.

I'm pretty sure I'm right about the PSU dying but I need confirmation before I buy a new one and I'd like some advice on an affordable (€65 or less) replacement. I'm in the Neherlands and I need the replacement in a day or two.

For added info, a photo of the sticker on my current PSU: http://instagram.com/p/gnXLFVIjsE/

Thanks in advance. And if any additional info is needed I'd be happy to provide that of course.
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#2 Nov 12 2013 at 8:22 AM Rating: Excellent
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It sounds like the PSU but you might want to look up the manual for your motherboard and see what the flashing light indicates. You'd hate to have it be something else and jump through hoops instead of listening to what the MB is trying to tell you.
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#3 Nov 12 2013 at 8:57 AM Rating: Excellent
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You can jumper a power supply to see if it will start using a paper clip or a piece of stiff wire. I recommend wrapping the paperclip in some electrical tape in the middle so you don't accidentally shock yourself, but follow this procedure. http://www.overclock.net/t/96712/how-to-jump-start-a-power-supply-psu-test-a-power-supply-and-components

Make sure you completely disconnect the power supply from your computer before trying this. if the power supply is fine it wouldn't hurt anything if you left it connected. if it isn't, then you could have problems. This is also how you jump a power supply to pre-prime a water cooling system for anyone interested. With the paperclip in, if you plug it into the wall and the fan spins up and the light turns on, the power supply is probably intact and you start looking at other culprits.

As for power supply recommendations, That's going to be one area I'm going to be of little use, since for all I know you use a completely different power type over there. I'm guessing you use 208v (230v) based on the label of your other one. That particular power supply is a 400 watt unit, so essentially "anything" will be an upgrade compared to it. If they are available in the area, they should work. If you can find one, an antec, cooler master, thermaltake, or enermax power supply would work well assuming they make them for that voltage. You should be able to find something locally at a computer store for around the budget you mentioned if I'm doing my conversion math right.

As to what that blinking light could be, it really depends on the motherboard. the fact that you are getting any power at all for it to blink may indicate that the power supply is fine and that it's a different component. It's almost certainly a hardware issue somewhere, though it is possible the bios configuration just crapped itself and needs reset (that's especially possible if you have an older Nforce chipset motherboard) If it isn't the power supply, at that point Ram becomes your most likely suspect, followed by the other PCI cards and the motherboard itself.

is it making any beep noises when you try to power it on? any weird fan twitches? do any of the fans look like they broke or are stuck to where they wouldn't rotate?
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#4 Nov 12 2013 at 9:06 AM Rating: Good
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Did the paperclip test, no reaction to that from the PSU.

Also, forgot to mention but that same light is/was always on as long as the PC had power. Also no lights, no sounds, no fan twitching, just no reaction at all.

I just ordered a new PSU, antec I think. Edit: make hat Thermaltake because that was 5-10db quieter.

Edited, Nov 12th 2013 4:20pm by Aethien
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My first computer building experiment, the MB light would be on when the PSU was hooked up but it wouldn't actually boot and run. I assume the PSU was able to handle the low level of power to keep the motherboard "awake" but not enough to actually fire up and run the thing.
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#6 Nov 13 2013 at 10:13 AM Rating: Good
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New PSU arrived and it's alive again. Noticeably quieter than it used to be too so something good came of this at least.
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#7 Dec 12 2013 at 3:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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hi guys, just wanted to provide you an useful link: http://www.enermax.outervision.com/

It's a power supply calculator. It helps calculate power consumption more accurately - and ultimately help you decide on which PSU is right for you. (Oh, you can also do a Google search for "Power supply calculator" if you don't like the one I've provided you).

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