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Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 7:44 am:   

I just recently bought a 350 watt PS from Antec because my last one blew out. By blowing out I mean one day I heard a loud bang, and then freaked and turned of the system. Upon turning it back on, there were two more bangs and electricity shot out the back with this horrible odor.

I let it cool down and opened the case, the only thing that seemed to be shot was the power supply. This same thing happened a year prior.

I was hoping that maybe my old power supply was faulty or didn't contain enough power, but I just had the same problem. The new power supply (two months old at most) just went.

I do leave my computer on quite a bit and have speakers and a printer plugged into the outlet where my computer sits (along with the computer and monitor).

Anyone have any suggestions on how to stop this?

Specs are:
1.4 Ghz Athlon (Tbird)
512 MB RAM
GeForce 2MX
350W Antec Power Supply
MSI KT266 Mobo

Thanks in advance
Posted on Friday, September 13, 2002 - 1:10 pm:   

well.......i'd go and research it from the manufacturers web site even. see what they recommend for a make ps. i went and got an enermax 450W power supply before even thinking about building mine, haven't had a problem. other thing is power stability, if it's steady power and it doesn't fluctuate wildly. another thing i did, was get a ups backup with a voltage regulator inside, and a power strip for spikes, as i live in an apartment and when neighbors, or even myself, use the switch to turn on lights, the power here dips and spikes, all my problems went away on the previous machine after installing the ups.
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2003 - 1:22 pm:   

My old Pentium II 400 MMX PC had a power failure. Is there a way to find the bios id so that I can get a proper power supply or can I just buy one with higher power?

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