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    Default Yet another "This is why you don't buy cheap power supplies"

    This particular unit (an iMicro "480W") was in a computer at school, since the administration there always seems to want to buy the cheapest possible...

    It is, to say the least, a bit fried now. The motherboard didn't fare too well either.




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    So this is an original PSU from Happy Diamond Moon Electronics?

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    More pix pls, especially from the PSU, if at all possible...

    €dit:
    Board seems to be an Intel D101GGC...
    And it seems that either a capacitor exploded and blew a hole in it or something with the coil next to it happened and that caused this...

    What caused it?
    Hm, possible a bit too much voltage??

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    Samsung Note Edition?
    best regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan Payne View Post
    Board seems to be an Intel D101GGC...
    If it were, the odd would be that a P4-class rig were still usable, and the mobo still functional (I mean, before it caught fire: budget Foxconn/Intel boards are not renowned to be the most reliable ones over such a long timeframe).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stefan Payne View Post
    And it seems that either a capacitor exploded and blew a hole in it or something with the coil next to it happened and that caused this...
    IMO it looks like the quite large cap that exploded was a primary bulk cap for the buck converter of the northbridge.
    Interestingly it's the only one that failed but all the other non-polymer caps should look the same if this is caused by the VCC of the power supply...

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    mmm a "Dazumba" psu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridgid13579 View Post



    mmm a "Dazumba" psu.
    See what NVIDIA and Intel did!!!! See!!!!!! GO AMD!!



    (Notice the sarcasm)

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    Whatever was plugged into the fan header that used to be in that burnt spot of the motherboard shorted, frying both the PSU and the motherboard. I seriously doubt the PSU was at fault here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyGURU View Post
    Whatever was plugged into the fan header that used to be in that burnt spot of the motherboard shorted, frying both the PSU and the motherboard. I seriously doubt the PSU was at fault here.
    I suppose that could possibly be the case. All I have to go off of here is what I was told happened, as I wasn't there at the time. According to somebody who was there, there was a pop and flames, but I don't know where either of the two came from.

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