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    Default PSU blew up, took the whole rig with it

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    Holy.....

    Lucky to be there when the Rig went thats for sure,

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    Chalk one up to the Gutless Wonders. It may have been a kamikaze attack, but it sure took everything out real fine.
    Careful what you wish for... You just might get it.

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    I was gonna say, from what's left of the PSU, it looks like a cheap gutless wonder.
    No wonder it doesn't work! You installed the coils backwards

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    I can tell you right now it has just a bit more guts than the one I'm working on for Monday.

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    ^
    I'm looking forward to that. Btw, does anyone remember the el-cheapo PSU roundup I posted on HWI last year? Well, I'm gonna post another one on new year's eve (the perfect time for fireworks )

    I do find it a bit unusual that the PSU actually started a fire, though. Usually, all that happens is that you just get a pop and maybe a few sparks, and it's usually all over in half a second. My pet theory is that there was some dust in there and that as a switcher blew, it set the dust on fire.
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    No wonder it doesn't work! You installed the coils backwards

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    Well, whatever caught was burning hot enough to melt the (paper-thin) steel casing...

    Ouch. I've never seen even a gutless wonder blow THAT hard. They've killed machines before, but never to that extent.
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    Glad he was there in time to prevent the desk from going up in flames, sounds like a very close call.

    Interesting to hear baking hard drives on "keep warm" works fine, already knew it worked on motherboards and keyboards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_hegge View Post
    ^
    I'm looking forward to that. Btw, does anyone remember the el-cheapo PSU roundup I posted on HWI last year? Well, I'm gonna post another one on new year's eve (the perfect time for fireworks )

    I do find it a bit unusual that the PSU actually started a fire, though. Usually, all that happens is that you just get a pop and maybe a few sparks, and it's usually all over in half a second. My pet theory is that there was some dust in there and that as a switcher blew, it set the dust on fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c_hegge View Post
    I do find it a bit unusual that the PSU actually started a fire, though. Usually, all that happens is that you just get a pop and maybe a few sparks, and it's usually all over in half a second. My pet theory is that there was some dust in there and that as a switcher blew, it set the dust on fire.
    In this case it looks like something on the primary side melted the whole thing.
    Looks like something next to the PFC Coil or even the PFC Coil melted...

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