is my power source the problem?

By a2ps
Jan 22, 2004
  1. hi there,

    this is more like a general hardware question.

    my computer:

    MB: P4S8X
    CPU: P4 2.5
    GC: Ati Radeon 9700 non-pro latest drivers ( catalyst 4.1 )
    SC: Creative Sound Blaster live 2 player
    Speakers: Creative Inspire 6.1
    Ram: 512
    HD: Ibm Deskstar 120gbx 80gb
    Power Source: 350W

    this problem happen on my both OS's Windows XP and RedHat 9 on separated partitions.

    1: sometimes both OS's dont recognise the sound card. its just like it isnt there. in linux whenever i try to play a dvd the sound cames out from the speakers like "bumps" (sorry the wrong expression, but im not that good in english ).

    2: in the last couple of months the power source makes sometimes a very strange large sound like a motor bike (but not as loud).

    3: the hard drive makes a loud cute sound, that it didnt make at the beguining.

    4: MB and CPU are allways about 50ยบ of temperature (celcius).

    the entire computer has about a year now, so it is rather new, but are all these problems due to the power source? i mean, maybe if i buy a new one with more power (say 450w or somethin), would it solve the problems?

    thanks in advance.

    PS: sorry the bad english.
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    What is the brand-name and model of your power-supply?

    Switch off the PC and clean the powersupply (just from the outside) with a strong vacuum-cleaner/hoover. It may be quite dusty inside. It may well be that it's fan is on the way out, which may cause PSU-overheating and definitely a lot of noise.
    If that does not help, replace your PSU with a 400-450W from either Enermax or Antec.

    If you can reach the fan-blades on any fans inside the PC, clean those up at the same time.

    Start thinking about a backup-strategy for your HD and look around for a new HD. Before you do that, read this post, go to IBM and download their HD-test utilities.
  3. a2ps

    a2ps TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks a lot for the reply.

    ill try that, and came back if i need extra help.

    once again thanks.
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