[Techtalk] mysterious pops driving me nuts--- OMG more!

Alvin Goats agoats at compuserve.com
Wed Apr 15 03:38:06 UTC 2009

Yep, individual power leads can go.  If you open up the power supply, 
you'll find it has different circuits to drive each of the power 
voltages. Any individual one can go bad.


Carla Schroder wrote:
> On Tuesday April 14 2009 04:03:31 pm R. Daneel Olivaw wrote:
>> Hi !
>> That, in my experience, is a video card going too hot (I mean, it went
>> too hot and now it's broken).
>> Usually, graphics adaptor fan fails (cheap plastic axis), gpu heats till
>> it breaks and then ... you have that odd display (probably some sync
>> fails, or a clock signal gets jammed).
> Ding ding ding, the winnah! I finally got some time to really look at it, and 
> both the case fan and the GPU fan were not spinning. Hint: if your computer 
> seems very very quiet, and you find yourself saying things like "Ahhh, peace 
> and quiet!", check the fans. After it cools down maybe I will have an OK 
> video card.
> The fans were plugged into the same power lead. So I have a dead lead. I've 
> never had individual power leads fail before, power supplies have always been 
> all or nothing. It's a nice one, a couple-years old 450-watt Thermaltake. Do 
> power supplies make weird pops and then kill off individual power leads?
> Carla

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