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I think I have an insufficient power supply problem?

 
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maclop



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:10 am    Post subject: I think I have an insufficient power supply problem? Reply with quote

Hi, hope someone can confirm or offer another possibility

I have:
A SCSI card and an 18G SCSI drive which is the boot disk
2 x 300G SATA drives and 1 x 250G IDE drive
1 x CD Writer and 1 DVD burner
An X1650 AGP graphics card
A TV Card
A P4 2.8 Ghz cpu
1G RAM
A 300 watt Power supply

Most times I try to boot up, I get an audible message saying "my hard disk has had a problem"

If I persist with reboots or going into the BIOS and coming out again, I can normaly get it to start

I wondering if the problem is that the SCSI drive is not able to spin up and therefore load the OS because of an insufficient power supply

Any ideas?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try this power supply calculator--->Here
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2007 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you say a 300W PSU, what make and model is it? Many are not able to deliver the stated power, so you could be right in thinking it is the problem. You also have a fair amount of equipment hanging off it.
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maclop



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:15 am    Post subject: Fixed Reply with quote

It appears that I had 2 problems:

1. an underpowered PSU, and
2. A dying HDD

I've replaced the PSU with a 530 watt unit and removed the old HDD and have had no problems since

Thank you for you replies, I realy appreciated your input
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear you got the problem resolved.

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