jonnyGURU Forums
Home Site Search Reviews Articles Contest Links PSU FAQs  


Go Back   jonnyGURU Forums > Computer Hardware > PC Power Supply Discussion

PC Power Supply Discussion Troubleshooting and discussion of computer power supplies

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 01-24-2009
GilmourD's Avatar
GilmourD GilmourD is offline
500W User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Nutley, NJ
Posts: 89
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Monalisa View Post
It will really have adverse effects on your PC so hire some electrician to fix this problem
Seriously...

If your lights are dimming and your outlet is making ticking noises, I wouldn't worry about your computer. I'd worry about your house burning down.
__________________
[Processor: AMD Athlon X2 7750 @ 3000 (15x200) @ 1.40Vcore (so far)]
[HSF: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme w/ Antec Tri-Cool fan]
[PSU: Silverstone ST50EF-Plus][Case: Antec Nine Hundred]
[Motherboard: ASRock AOD790GX][RAM: 2x2GB G.Skill PC1066 Pi]
[Video: eVGA GeForce 9800 GT Superclocked 512-P3-N976-AR]
[Hard Drives: Seagate ST31500341AS and Western Digital WD1600JS][Optical: Pioneer DVR-216DBK]
[Wireless Networking: Linksys WMP300N]
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01-25-2009
mistargill mistargill is offline
Bleh
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 33
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

This is my parent's house and I already mentioned to them that these are serious issues, they don't seem to listen to me and they only worry about the cost of electrician, thats why I was asking if they are expensive to check things out. I'm a poor college student and I'm not in a great position of having financial flexibility, If this didnt cost too much, I was willing to call the electrician my self and pay for it, but right now I'm not even sure how much it is. My only worry is 2 things now, house burning down, or my computer which is the largest investment I even had being damaged.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01-25-2009
GilmourD's Avatar
GilmourD GilmourD is offline
500W User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Nutley, NJ
Posts: 89
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mistargill View Post
This is my parent's house and I already mentioned to them that these are serious issues, they don't seem to listen to me and they only worry about the cost of electrician, thats why I was asking if they are expensive to check things out. I'm a poor college student and I'm not in a great position of having financial flexibility, If this didnt cost too much, I was willing to call the electrician my self and pay for it, but right now I'm not even sure how much it is. My only worry is 2 things now, house burning down, or my computer which is the largest investment I even had being damaged.
It's a safety issue. Tell your parents the outlet was sparking.

The reason it freaks me out is that my mother used to have a house by the beach at the Jersey Shore when she was a kid. An electrical fire happened inside the walls and the place burned down. No more house.
__________________
[Processor: AMD Athlon X2 7750 @ 3000 (15x200) @ 1.40Vcore (so far)]
[HSF: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme w/ Antec Tri-Cool fan]
[PSU: Silverstone ST50EF-Plus][Case: Antec Nine Hundred]
[Motherboard: ASRock AOD790GX][RAM: 2x2GB G.Skill PC1066 Pi]
[Video: eVGA GeForce 9800 GT Superclocked 512-P3-N976-AR]
[Hard Drives: Seagate ST31500341AS and Western Digital WD1600JS][Optical: Pioneer DVR-216DBK]
[Wireless Networking: Linksys WMP300N]
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01-25-2009
Oklahoma Wolf's Avatar
Oklahoma Wolf Oklahoma Wolf is offline
Bake him away, toys.
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Moderator
Posts: 6,479
Thanks: 127
Thanked 1,285 Times in 362 Posts
Default

If you're sufficiently skilled and know the electrical code somewhat you could run new wire and replace the outlet(s) yourself.

I had to do that here when I was wiring up my load testing circuit into the breaker panel. The wiring was all ok but the outlets weren't. I rent the basement of my folks' house, and they were complaining about a kitchen outlet sparking. Since my lab/office is directly under the kitchen, I looked into the issue while I had the master breaker off. Ended up completely removing the outlet in question as it was not up to code and a major fire hazard. The four other kitchen outlets were then brought up to code for being almost as bad. The previous owners had remodeled the kitchen and apparently done all the electrical work themselves. I'm glad I fixed it.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01-26-2009
Howard Howard is offline
200W User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 22
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mistargill View Post
This is my parent's house and I already mentioned to them that these are serious issues, they don't seem to listen to me and they only worry about the cost of electrician, thats why I was asking if they are expensive to check things out. I'm a poor college student and I'm not in a great position of having financial flexibility, If this didnt cost too much, I was willing to call the electrician my self and pay for it, but right now I'm not even sure how much it is. My only worry is 2 things now, house burning down, or my computer which is the largest investment I even had being damaged.
Make sure the insurance covers faulty wiring, then, and your parents will be set.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 01-26-2009
cypherpunks cypherpunks is offline
1kW User
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 446
Thanks: 21
Thanked 42 Times in 23 Posts
Default IT's actually pretty easy.

It's very rare that there are any problems with the wire in the walls itself; it's the connections at each end that are usually the problem.

You can open various wall plates, clean and tighten the connections, and possibly replace nasty crusty outlets, and it will fix a lot.

Don't forget to do the same thing to the breaker connections at the main panel. It requires care to work on a breaker panel with only one circuit switched off, but it's not too hard. Heck, I've repaired a lot of live circuits. Intact rubber tool handles are enough insulation that you can use pliers on live wires. Just don't let them touch anything!

Inside a breaker panel, you will see all the white wires (assuming North American color code) going to a single neutral busbar. With a voltmeter, check the voltage between that and ground. It should be very low. If so, you can safely touch it. Like to tighten any loose connections. (If the voltage is high, you have a loose connection in your main supply. You can still try to fix it, but it's more dangerous.)
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 01-26-2009
mistargill mistargill is offline
Bleh
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 33
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Still in the middle of convincing my parents... Thank you for these information, its great help from all of you. I hope I can get them to fix these problems
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 01-27-2009
Quiksilver's Avatar
Quiksilver Quiksilver is offline
1kW User
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Michigan,USA
Posts: 125
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I was renting a house in this kind of situation, explained to the land lord these kind of problems. He never did jack diddly or cared; so I moved out. You need a electrician stat. If your parents are more worried about how much it is going to cost, pick up the phone phone book and start calling around; explaining your situation. You might get one that is willing to come look at it, explain whats wrong, and be able give you estimates.

You don't have any other choices, unless you consider your house have a very good chance of catching fire.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 01-27-2009
GilmourD's Avatar
GilmourD GilmourD is offline
500W User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Nutley, NJ
Posts: 89
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Tell them that it's more expensive to replace the house. Look that price up and tell them that's how much it'll cost if they don't call an electrician.
__________________
[Processor: AMD Athlon X2 7750 @ 3000 (15x200) @ 1.40Vcore (so far)]
[HSF: Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme w/ Antec Tri-Cool fan]
[PSU: Silverstone ST50EF-Plus][Case: Antec Nine Hundred]
[Motherboard: ASRock AOD790GX][RAM: 2x2GB G.Skill PC1066 Pi]
[Video: eVGA GeForce 9800 GT Superclocked 512-P3-N976-AR]
[Hard Drives: Seagate ST31500341AS and Western Digital WD1600JS][Optical: Pioneer DVR-216DBK]
[Wireless Networking: Linksys WMP300N]
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-29-2009
muddocktor's Avatar
muddocktor muddocktor is offline
1kW User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 165
Thanks: 12
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Default

If you are hearing "clicking" at the receptacle, you are hearing someing arcing in there. The solution might be something as simple as a loose connector screw or the electrician that did the wiring used those horrid wire push holes in the back of the receptacle instead of the terminator screws, which are famous for arcing after a period of time. Go to Walmart or Lowes and buy a duplex 15-20 amp receptacle in the color you need, then kill the breaker it's on and remove the old receptacle. Do this before your house burns down. BTW, the white wire connects to the chrome screws and the black (hot side) wires connect to the brass colored screws and the green or bare goes to the gounding (green) screw. And use the terminator screws instead of those push holes. The back of the receptacle also should label which color wires go where too.

Wiring a receptacle isn't rocket science; it's actually pretty straightforward and easy, especially doing a replacement like this.

What these guys say is true though; your house could very well catch fire if this isn't taken care of promptly.

One other thought: If this house was built in the late 60's or early 70's you might have aluminum wiring in there and that opens up a whole new can of worms. If you pull the receptacle out and see aluminum wiring instead of copper, stop right there and call an electrician immediately. You can work with aluminum but an electrician will know how to deal with aluminum wiring terminating at a receptacle (hopefully).
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
electricity sine wave Fenix-Dark Electronic Theory and Principle 8 10-26-2017 07:38 AM
Great new house - bad power. UPS? CBRworm PC Power Supply Discussion 1 09-08-2008 07:52 PM
LOL! What were the computers in my house 7 years ago? jonnyGURU Off Topic 7 11-27-2007 05:12 PM
Old house; old wiring; new power supply fsh42na PC Power Supply Discussion 14 04-19-2007 05:47 PM
She's a Brick House Spectre General PC Hardware 6 11-10-2006 02:19 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright © JonnyGURU.com 2000 -