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Hot Wire A PSU

By luvhuffer
May 8, 2013
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  1. My mobo is broke. I KNOW this for a fact. I can not start my system by the following methods. Case switch. Power switch onboard the mobo (it has start and reset buttons built onto the mobo). Shorting the 2 pins on the connector panel for case switch connecting leads. This backup I'm using is an old system (Pentium III) with IDE connectors only. My system hard drives are all SATA. I need to get into the system and download some legal stuff. I have tested the PSU's before by jumping the green switch wire and ground. But I've never done it to run a system for any length of time. Is this a useable workaround for about an hour or so. I don't want to damage anything or void my guarantee. I've tentatively tried it for a few seconds and it starts to post so I know it will run, I just don't want to not have thought of something before I do it and then fry it. I'm broke so new mobo is out of the question for the moment. This is my power supply.
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,270   +1,553

    Chances are if you were going to damage anything, you would have done so during this procedure. If you were afraid you might fry something, you shouldn't have done something that could have caused damage instantly. Since you know the system will post, you might as well go ahead and get your files. Just don't plan on continuing to run this way.
     
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,476   +329

    Dismount the HD and install it in another machine :)
     
  4. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 638

    Thanks for the comments. The stupid thing just decided on it's own to start working again. Go figure?!?
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,485   +233

    Take this opportunity to back up your files. Since you don't know what caused it, it could happen again.
     


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