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New Sata causes PC to switch off.

By petercape
Dec 15, 2005
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  1. Hi.

    I'm trying to install a Sata Seagate Barracuda 200Gb but my PC will only power up for a second or two then it powers down. If I put my IDE back without the Sata it's fine. I've tried them together, with same power down result, and with everything out bar the Sata - still only a second of power.

    OS: WinXP
    Mobo: MSI K8N
    CPU: Athlon 64 3200

    My psu is a basic 300w, but I would have thought that wouldn't be a problem, when only the Sata is attached? So I'm assuming (hoping) that isn't the issue.

    I'd greatly appreciate any advice.

    Thanks in advance.

    Peter.
  2. barney_3d

    barney_3d TS Rookie Posts: 30

    harddisks take between 25 to 50 watts IIRC depending on usage etc.

    what graphics card are you using?
  3. petercape

    petercape TS Rookie Topic Starter

    A Matrox Millenium.
  4. barney_3d

    barney_3d TS Rookie Posts: 30

    300 watts may just not be enough...
  5. petercape

    petercape TS Rookie Topic Starter

    But if that were the case, wouldn't it power up with everything else (2 ide drives, dvd writer and cdrom and floppy drive) unplugged?

    Thanks for the replies.
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Is the power supply unit ATX12V v2.0 compatible?

    The capacity might be enough, but it might not be compatible with all SATA drives.
  7. petercape

    petercape TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The PSU is generic and is about 4 years old, so I doubt it.

    Can somebody recommend a PSU (ATX, 20 pin) for under 50 quid/90 bucks that'll do the job, please?
    It doesn't need to be quiet, as I've drilled a hole through the wall to save money on all the silent stuff.

    Here's what it needs to power:

    MSI K8N
    Athlon 64 3200
    Matrox graphics
    DVD writer
    DVD rom
    2 x IDE
    1 x Sata
    fdd

    Thanks very much.
    P
  8. boykov

    boykov TS Rookie Posts: 131

    eurotech 460W

    49,90 Euro at least that is howmuch i paid for it.... about 30something quid

    works just fine ....
  9. petercape

    petercape TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks. I'll look into it.
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