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How many of you have seen a PSU blow up?

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LiGhTBoY

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Feb 2, 2002
I wonder how many had the oportunity to watch a PSU blow up? ( i mean REALLY closely). A few days ago I found a PC in the street (imagine that there are people who throw away their PCs :mad: ) and took it home. I cleaned it up and tried it out. PSU ok but everything else was ******* .Well why not shorting this baby to see what will happen. I open the PSU casing connected it to the mobo, fans , hdd (old don't worry) and threw in a CPU (socket 4 ). The hdd :burn: a few moments and then stopped. I took a small screwdriver and randomly shorted its chips. It started up and the I took its power cord off. One of the PSU condensers (i'm not sure if it is a condenser cause I don't know anything about electronics (but i do about PCs :D ) BLEW UP with a loud POP giving out a 2" flame. The I-don't-know-what-you-call-it (that little thing that brakes when there is a shortage ? ) went up in smoke. It unpluged the PSU from the wall and accidentally (really :) ) touched the pins. A small current ZAPed me but it wasn't anything serious ( my multimeter showed 0.08v after a few moments (of course i touched it on me :) ) ) Well the PSU wires now "decorate" my desk.

PS
I was about 2 feet away from the PSU when it blowed, and was looking directly at it.Too bad that 145W went away like that.
 

Starfoxer

World's Biggest E-Thug
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Feb 9, 2002
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USA
LOL
you're lucky your not hurt. sticking screw drivers in their. i wish
i found some PC's on the street :p
 

Visidex

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Jan 20, 2002
I've had one go up in smoke. Turned the computer on and a whole bunch of white smoke came out the side. 20 minutes later and I got a floppy drive to do the same thing.
 

Cuper

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Dec 18, 2001
Location
NY
Ha Ha, my friend tried this and fried himself!!! It was the funniest thing I have ever seen!! All he did for the next couple of days was sit in a chair and think about how stupid he was.:D
 

Monaco

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Jul 17, 2001
Location
Denver, Colorado
try flipping the 220/110V switch on your PSU so that it is wrong for your country, and plug it in like that. Just stand back when you do it:)
 

Über~PhLuBB

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May 9, 2001
Location
Portland, OR
Monster of Rock said:
try flipping the 220/110V switch on your PSU so that it is wrong for your country, and plug it in like that. Just stand back when you do it:)

That only works if you'r in a 220v country and you have the PSU set to 115v.

I did it the other way around on accident when I first got this rig (Had it set to 220, local power is 115). It just simply didn't turn on, there was no damage. I DID spend 4 hours and several trips to the store before I figured out how much of a moron I am, and flipped the switch over with a knife.
 

Lou Natic

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Jan 31, 2002
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Austin
Über~PhLuBB said:

I DID spend 4 hours and several trips to the store before I figured out how much of a moron I am, and flipped the switch over with a knife.

Was it the knife you threatened the employees of the store with?

j/k
 

YMAN

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Aug 2, 2001
Location
West Palm Beach, Florida
I had some fun reversing the mobo power lines on an
old at power supply. (250Watt)

Nice light show, later filled the place up with heavy
smoke...

Next step, try blowing a PC POWER & COOLING 650
power supply. :D
 
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LiGhTBoY

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Feb 2, 2002
Actually there wasn't any smoke, just a LOUD POP:eek: and the flame. Wait something smels here. Ah and just THE smell of electricity.:eek: :eek:
 

YMAN

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Aug 2, 2001
Location
West Palm Beach, Florida
Make sure the place has good air flow,
open windows if you can or something.

Those fumes will get into carpet, fabrics,
and such, and will be a pain to get rid of.
 
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LiGhTBoY

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Feb 2, 2002
Actually I blew it up in my kitchen :D . After a couple of door openings , the air was clean as that of a forest :cool: .