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Power surge

I picked up a donated motherboard/CPU from a fellow TriLUGer and popped it into my Myth box last night to see if it would fire up. Fire might be an apt word, as the motherboard did exactly nothing while I had it powered.

After I checked connections and powered it up again, I gave up on it and put the power supply back on my existing motherboard. When I plugged it back in, I got a huge power surge that nearly tripped my UPS. My power supply clearly didn’t like being tethered to that questionable motherboard.

The good news is my power supply is still okay. After its surge, it booted my Myth box fine. Now I need to find a new donated motherboard/CPU for my project. Hey, it was worth a try!

  1. My offer of a 2.8-GHz Pentium 4 and some DDR RAM still stands. The only thing that I don’t have is a spare Socket 478 motherboard.

    If you have any concerns about that power supply, I have a tester with an LCD panel that will show you its various voltage output levels. You’re welcome to borrow it.

  2. Thanks for the offer. I’ve shopped around and can get a pretty speedy MB/CPU combo for cheap. I might use the RAM, though!

    The power supply is a new one I bought at Intrex. Its fine – its the motherboard that’s suspect.

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