[clug] Any ideas on what to look for to get an old PC running?

jhock jhock at iinet.net.au
Mon Dec 22 04:33:13 GMT 2008

Jim and Duncan,

I didn't touch the power supply internals, hence I am still alive.  I
use to work on Sun machines so I have a bit of an idea about the
internals but the PCs insiders look much different to me.  I can
identify different components. eg. mother board, hard disk, CD drive,
ethernet card, etc., the CPU heat sink looks massive compared to Suns. 

I still have no idea what is wrong though.  I though of bypassing the
power switch with a bridge but I couldn't find a spare.

I guess that I will have to get my Eee PC earlier than I though.


On Mon, 2008-12-22 at 12:38 +1100, Duncan Bolt wrote:
> I would second that, don't touch the power supply internals. Open the
> case to look at the motherboard and reseat cards yes. Be careful you can 
> damage things here as they are static sensitive. But the voltages are 
> low, 5V  12V 3.3V
> But the Power Supply can be dangerous, even disconnected from the mains.
> Jim Watson wrote:
> > jhock wrote:
> >> I was wondering if anybody has any advice on how to get it to work. EG.
> >> is there likely to be a fuse inside, is there an area which I should
> >> "jiggle" when I open it, is there a good spot to bang it like they do on
> >>   
> >
> > John,
> >
> > As you do not know what to expect, it is not a good idea to open it at 
> > all.
> > Like any other 240V equipment if it is not working correctly you 
> > should assume it is dangerous and do not open it or plug it in. Sorry 
> > to say this but it is better to be safe than sorry.
> >
> > regards for a safe and quiet xmas
> >
> > jim
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