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by TomMe
Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: UPS Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 3177

UPS Questions

Since I'm having problems with my PC sometimes automatically coming out of standby ( link ) and since I've had my share of power outages, I'm currently thinking about buying a UPS. Still not decided though, I don't really feel comfortable about these devices "protecting" my PC. I've noticed that UPS...
by TomMe
Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Turning on PSU without flipping its power switch
Replies: 7
Views: 2770

Turning on PSU without flipping its power switch

Hi guys. I was wondering if it is safe for a PSU to turn it on without using its power switch, for example by just plugging it in or using a switch on a power strip? Or can this cause premature failure or something? I have a couple of old PSUs without power switch in P1 and P2 systems, so for them t...
by TomMe
Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:53 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

No, I was more thinking of selling this vacuum cleaner with a "Wake up PC" function. :P
by TomMe
Wed Mar 28, 2007 1:05 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Power outage bad for PC?
Replies: 1
Views: 1253

Power outage bad for PC?

Just a simple question really. Can a loss of power damage computer hardware? I've had one about an hour ago and I'm a bit worried that I might have damaged something. It was kind of my own fault though, I forgot the electrical line was pretty much saturated already and used the PC anyway. The breake...
by TomMe
Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:07 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

From what I've read on the net, a UPS gives no protection against surges. It only protects itself from them, not the devices that are connected to it. But I'd have to do some more looking up. I've made a new thread about the problem at [H]ard|Forum . Posting the link here might be useful. An uncle o...
by TomMe
Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

Of course, we don't use all those devices at the same time. Only when the washing machine is being used, we have to be careful not to use anything else. It's been like that for years. At this moment for example, it's the fridge, PC and water heater and that's how it usually is. The question is, will...
by TomMe
Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:43 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

Well, this PC is running on the same line as the washing machine and kitchen appliances. I hope I can describe this accurately. This room didn't have an outlet, and when one was placed it was put on the same line as the kitchen. I've known the PC to come out of standby without vacuming as well. And ...
by TomMe
Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:56 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

No, I don't have a spare (that's powerful enough). I've mailed Sea Sonic about it yesterday, I'm waiting for their reply.

I could always try another PC, but since those spikes/surges (if that's what is causing this) can be damaging to hardware, I'm not sure I want to continue testing.. :?
by TomMe
Thu Mar 22, 2007 12:17 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

Okay, so I'm doing a bit of research into surge protectors. I'm amazed that I didn't use something like that before.. Great article btw: link . If I hook both PC and vacuum cleaner to such a protector, will that be sufficient? Does it protect from surges produced by other devices besides those comin...
by TomMe
Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

Hm, I don't have much knowledge of electricity beyond that of a layman. I've read the article but can't really make much out of it.. So suppose this is what you guys say, can it damage my PC? Is it normal my PSU picks this up? I've also had another problem ever since I bought this machine. Sometimes...
by TomMe
Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:45 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 5216

Here 's a decent thread on the subject at [H]ard|Forum. Mostly posts by electronics engineers. They describe the same principle as in my posts above, so I guess that's THE way to do it. With this, I think I finally have a pretty good understanding of ESD (for a layman) and how to minimize it when w...
by TomMe
Thu Mar 22, 2007 3:40 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

Moving the mouse doesn't wake up the PC, so no vibrations. I have the following BIOS settings: ACPI Function [Enabled] ACPI Standby State [S1/POS] Power Button Function [On/Off] Restore on AC Power Loss [Off] ---- Resume From/by: all are disabled, except the following: Resume by PCI Device (PME#) [E...
by TomMe
Wed Mar 21, 2007 9:59 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 5216

I used to do that pelago, but how do I know that works and doesn't even make things worse? Some say that even moving your arms in the air creates a static build up. All I'm looking for is a basic understanding of this concept of ESD, its effects on hardware and how to prevent it. So many people clai...
by TomMe
Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 5216

From everything I've read, this makes the most sense to me so far: Before you begin to do anything with the ESD wrist strap or the computer make sure you are completely dry and in a dry area. Turn the power on the computer off. Then unplug the power cord from the outlet. Now you can begin to work wi...
by TomMe
Wed Mar 21, 2007 2:14 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

I'm not using a UPS. The PC is coming out of standby, not rebooting. No keys are pressed and no mouse is being moved. At first I thought that was the case too, but it's not. Some people over at the MSI forum say it could be caused by the network controller, and I should disable its wake up function....
by TomMe
Tue Mar 20, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room
Replies: 23
Views: 7462

PC exits standby when vacuum cleaning the room

Since I've started using standby a couple of weeks ago, I'm having an issue with it. Sometimes my PC will exit standby without any apparent reason. I've tried to find the cause of this, without luck. So far this has happened mostly when I was vacuum cleaning the room (not the PC) and using power fro...
by TomMe
Tue Mar 20, 2007 3:38 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 5216

I have, on occasion, received a static shock directly from a motherboard. I then panicked, thinking it couldn't possibly have survived such treatment. It's still going strong, and I've been skeptical ever since. I've killed plenty of hardware in a variety of other ways, but never in a way that I co...
by TomMe
Mon Mar 19, 2007 4:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 5216

Thanks for the reply! http://www.pccomputernotes.com/esd/esd2.htm I've read that article, among many others and many forum posts..they all give different advice. Personally I have never taken any ESD precations at all (apart from when I assembled my system outside of the case, I put it on cardboard)...
by TomMe
Mon Mar 19, 2007 1:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 5216

Hm, 50 views but no replies. That proves my point exactly, most of us don't know how to properly handle computer equipment. It's sad.. :cry:
by TomMe
Sun Mar 18, 2007 4:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Questions about ESD
Replies: 20
Views: 5216

Questions about ESD

I've been using PCs for 10 years now, and over the years gradually learned how to replace parts and eventually put PCs together myself. But I have NEVER used any ESD protection. The only reason for this is that I simply was not aware of its dangers. If I had known, I would have taken precautions. Ye...
by TomMe
Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:32 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12-430 vs MSI 7600GT
Replies: 2
Views: 1525

Thanks for reading everything andyb. I currently have no means of testing this card in another machine. I've also used this PSU in an older XP2000+ system for 3 weeks before I got this one, without any problems. But perhaps 3 weeks isn't long enough to catch a problem. I've also used a cheap AOpen G...
by TomMe
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12-430 vs MSI 7600GT
Replies: 2
Views: 1525

Seasonic S12-430 vs MSI 7600GT

Hi. 8 months ago I assembled my current machine (in sig) and have had a problem with it since. Sometimes (and this is rare) I get to see vertical bars when POSTing the piece of..metal. Here are some pictures: http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/9295/1io0.jpg http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/7133/2do8.j...
by TomMe
Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:02 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12-430 sufficient for 7950GT?
Replies: 9
Views: 2274

Hm, I don't quite know the power usage of my CPU or the E6300. Are they about the same? My PSU can carry max 29A on the 12V line, so that's a difference of 2A (24W?) compared to yours. Oh well.. BFG states min. 22A on the 12V line for their 7950GT, see http://www.bfgtech.com/7950GT_512_PCIX.html . S...
by TomMe
Sat Dec 02, 2006 3:01 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12-430 sufficient for 7950GT?
Replies: 9
Views: 2274

What are the specs of that PSU, burebista?
by TomMe
Sat Dec 02, 2006 1:30 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12-430 sufficient for 7950GT?
Replies: 9
Views: 2274

Well, I'm not talking about heat here but whether my PSU has enough juice for a 7950GT. Temperatures are all good and the airflow is working.

If no one else has any more comments, I think I'll go with the 7950GT and see what happens. :)
by TomMe
Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:47 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Seasonic S12-430 sufficient for 7950GT?
Replies: 9
Views: 2274

Seasonic S12-430 sufficient for 7950GT?

Since I assembled my current system I sometimes (but very rarely) experienced vertical lines on my screen when I booted, which went away with a simple reset. So I sent my graphics card to MSI (via the shop where I bought it) to let them check it out. A couple of days ago the shop suggested it's poss...
by TomMe
Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:49 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Problems creating positive case pressure
Replies: 5
Views: 2237

I only have 1 fan blowing outward, that of the PSU. The front intake below is taking air in from the bottom of the plastic front panel. The gap is quite small there and apparantly doesn't allow for sufficient air. I tried to play around with blocking some parts between the plastic and metal front, l...
by TomMe
Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:34 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Problems creating positive case pressure
Replies: 5
Views: 2237

I already have a front intake fan installed. The weird thing is that I can feel it suck more air in than the PSU is blowing out, that's what troubles me.. :? Anyway, I removed the plastic front panel and have cut a front hole in the metal chassis where the fan grid was and now I have positive pressu...
by TomMe
Fri Oct 13, 2006 12:50 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Problems creating positive case pressure
Replies: 5
Views: 2237

Problems creating positive case pressure

Hello guys. I succesfully created a quiet setup with negative case pressure (specs in sig) and decided to apply positive case pressure (with fan filter) on my backup system to see if this would make a difference concerning dust inside the system. But so far I've been unable to do so. I'm using an Ao...
by TomMe
Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:04 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Polyurethane any good??
Replies: 5
Views: 2207

I bought it at a local DIY store. I found it quite expensive though, 5 euro for a piece of around 30cm x 8cm x 5cm. It's supposed to be used in a Vileda mop of some sort. But it was the only thing I found that looked like it could work for what I had in mind. And right I was. :D