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Topic # 55417 3-Jan-2010 21:36
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Hi all, I'm seeking a quick answer to a PSU swap out.

I'm pretty sure my power supply is fried. Noticed a funny burning smell, like dust in the toaster, this morning. Later on my computer suddenly died, with the smell much stronger and seeming to come from the PSU. I'm looking to swap out the power units as cheaply as possible, it doesn't need to last. One, I need to get everything off my hard drive onto external, and two, I'm getting a mac mini soon (can't afford it just now though).

I've found this one:

And here's a pic of mine:
















 Pretty sure I'm on the right track, but wanted to double check before I fork out $30.

Am I likely to run into any trouble?

Cheers, Nic.

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  Reply # 286755 3-Jan-2010 22:02
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It should work fine. Both appear to have Pentium 4 support (small 4 pin connector for the motherboard that supplies extra power for the CPU)

Two things that stand out for me though:
1. Auction is for a second hand one, not sure how long it has been in use or how much life it has left
2. Bad spelling (foto instead of photo) - But that is probably me just nit picking :)

Where are you based? I have a spare PSU lying about if you want it.

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  Reply # 286763 3-Jan-2010 22:28
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Cheers. Bad spelling annoys me too, but it's cheap and it's in Wellington (that's where I live).

I'm not too worried about how old it is, it just needs to work long enough to rescue all my files from my HDD and then anything else will be a bonus. I have laptop as a spare computer till I buy the mini mac if the PSU breaks down in the mean time. I just don't want to pay $50+ for a new one (cost + shipping of some I saw in Auckland), it's all money that could go towards the mini mac!

Another option would of course be to find someone who would plug in my HDD and copy all the files off and avoid paying for the PSU altogether, but I can't think of anyone off the top of my head who could help out.

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  Reply # 286766 3-Jan-2010 22:40
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What type of HDD do you have currently? If it is SATA you might be able to pick up an external enclosure (USB Powered) that you can install the drive into, then you would just connect that to your laptop and away you go. The benifit of that is you can still use it after you get your mini mac.

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  Reply # 286770 3-Jan-2010 23:04
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Ah cool, was worried that would be expensive when I was reading your post, but it's cheaper and gives me some extra storage long term. It is a SATA drive.

I think that will be the best way to go. I've got some time to think about it anyway, but I'm pretty much ready to abandon the PC, it's fairly old and worthless. Graphics card and DVD rom might have some residual value, but the rest can be trashed.

Cheers for your help :-)

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