On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 1:58 AM, Ted Mittelstaedt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > > -----Original Message----- > > From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > > [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of D G Teed > > Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 7:22 AM > > To: DAve > > Cc: FreeBSD Questions > > Subject: Re: hardware problem > > > > > > Every system I've seen with his description of the problem, where > > the power supply can't even run it's own fan, is having a power supply > > problem. Power supplies are very often low quality these days and can't > > handle the stresses of typical electrical grid fluctuations. > > My experience has not been that the power supplies can't handle the > electrical grid. > > What I've mostly seen is that the power supply FANS get dust in them, > the fans slow down or stop, airflow through the supply drops, and > then the supply overheats. Once it overheats, the supply will never > be reliable again and must be thrown out.
I've been able to routinely clean out the dust with canned air, and they still die more frequently than say motherboards. Even quality brands like Antec. I often replace the fan if it is showing signs of noise from bearing getting burned out. I'm speaking mainly of home and small office PCs. This is something that won't happen as much in a server room since the air is cleaner, but I'd guess the O.P. wasn't in that environment since he is wasting 3 days before trying another power supply. Power supplies do have a limit of life related to the quality of your electricity (and excessive heat). I can recall the bad electrolyte scandle with several motherboard brands 5 years ago. The explanation of the shortened capacitor lifespan due to the electrolyte missing an ingredient was a bit of an education into what capacitors do. They do have a limited lifespan related to heat and the number of hours they are exposed to a high ripple current. Here is an excellent wikipedia entry on capacitor plague which will explain it in layman's terms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague If you have not read about this before, it may be an eye opener. --Donald _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"