Power supply (PSU) concerns

By truffles ยท 267 replies
Mar 5, 2002
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  1. brappage123

    brappage123 TS Rookie

    My WoW always crashes and restarts!?

    I have just started to play WoW again (used to play on computer).I have recently bought a new laptop and every time i play WoW from 10-15 mins my laptop screen goes black and u can here the sound in WoW crashing, then bout 10 secs after that it restarts. And when i open my WoW file (in program files) at the bottom of the files it says WowError, but when i try to open the WowError nothing will come up it just loads and then nothin comes up, its type exe and the size is 223KB. I think maybe it could have somethin 2 do with ma graphics card it is graphics media accelerator 950, im running windows vista.
    Anybody know anythin please i really like WoW and i dont want to quit?
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Hello, brappage123, and welcome to Techspot :wave:

    You would be best off posting your problem in our Gaming and Consoles forum, but without the Bold text. Literally copy and paste it into a new thread.
  3. wisman

    wisman TS Rookie

    power supply update

    Well I ordered a Rosewill 850 watt power supply, when the thing came the shipping bill said 8 lbs. I t hought they had to be joking.. they werent. This thing is obviously far superior than other supplies I have owned. After looking at the unit and the specs closer, I realized it has 4 separate power rails for the 12 volt alone.. I can clearly see the cheaper 550watt (diablotek) unit only has one 12volt rail. Maybe on a good day the 550 watt unit could actually peak at 550watts for an instant, but it certainly cant sustain it. The Rosewill unit costed 130 bucks, but I believe it was well worth the money. Moral of the story, take the time to learn about the specs on everything you buy, including power supplies.
  4. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 1,687

    Very true :) PSU's are vastly underrated and having a good one is about as important as having a CPU :D
  5. Thrudd

    Thrudd TS Member Posts: 47

    The other thing to remember that PSUs are a Goldmine for the manufacturers. So high price is not always a sign of high quality.

    Always check the specifications supplied and then verify if you are able through the review sites. Spend well and spend wisely. *nods*

    It sure could cost over 100+ to build a decent PSU if you etched your own board and bought the parts yourself but those job shops in china make those units for literally a handful of dollars.
  6. flash222

    flash222 TS Rookie

    1 kw

    I have 1 kw supply and im happy! 8800 in SLI, yeeeah
  7. flash222

    flash222 TS Rookie

    yes and im progamer
  8. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    a 450 watt is not going to cost you much more but will have the power to provide a stable output and allow a bit for expansion. If you can, always get the best PSU you can afford.
  9. aznn3rd

    aznn3rd TS Rookie Posts: 112

    I have a serious problem. My mofo HP a6110n wont let me upgrade psu because when I try to change to a NuPower 380W, the monitor reads no signal. What would be a compatible model with a decent wattage?
  10. micmavo

    micmavo TS Rookie

    no signal to monitor and keyboard

    When i start my desktop it shows the opening screen. After that there is no signal to the monitor and keyboard eventhough the CPU is working and fans are spinning.
  11. alwaysAmission

    alwaysAmission TS Rookie

    hi im still a newbie so hope im posting in the right place. i have a psu problem, it is a Atx 500w-PIV and was working fine up untill yday when i tried to boot a new self built system. well i say new ive had most of the parts for ages and have bin stuggling to get the bucks for the rest of em lol. the mobo is a dfi lanparty nf4 sli dr wich ive heard are fussy with psu's. anysways i got it all to gether tried to boot and i couldnt get past the post. i read sumwhere about switching the psu switch from 230v to 115v which i did. when i powered up, pop a light came out the psu and it will no longer turn on, but the light is still on at the bk so i am guessin its a fuse of somthing simple. i know it is dangerous to open one but am wondering if there might be a way to test it in case it might be somthing simlple and save me some bucks which i do not have. ive since tried another power supply of 300w but obviously this is not enough to power the rig as i can now make it all the way to the windows logo then a blue error screen flashes so fast i cant read it and the computer restarts. im sure if i could get my 500w psu to work i could finnally see my pc in working order and start digging around my mobo bios tweaking my system hip hip hurray.
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Never flip the switch to the other power rating, since it's meant for areas that have 110-115V as the mains voltage. You've probably fried your PSU and damaged other components in the process.
    Also, please add your system specs in your profile so everyone can see what system you are having problems with.
  13. alwaysAmission

    alwaysAmission TS Rookie

    thank you for your fast reply and the help supplied. i thought the supply was gone but cos the light stayed on i was wondering if a simple fix was maybe possible? and the other components are fine as i can now boot up to the windows logo but current psu just aint got the juice to power the system. thanks anyway rage
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You probably have a failing hard drive, not a failing power supply... Place a post for this in "Other Hardware"
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Try another brand (350 watt-450 watt) Make sure that you have connected the 4-pin connector near the CPU, if the motherboard has such a power socket
  16. batigoal

    batigoal TS Rookie Posts: 58

    hi all, i've read the recent postings but am stil unable to get an answer of how much Watts do i need for my com..the hardwares are the p35 Neo3 mobo, 320gb rpm 7200, 8800GT (oc) and E8400 Core2 3.0ghz processor. how much watts of supply do i need? 500W? thanks for the help.
  17. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    For your system 500W is ok. But remember, in this case more is always better as it makes for a smoother supply and the PSU is less stressed.
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    A good quality 450-500W PSU will be sufficient. I'd recommend the Corsair 450VX and the Antec EarthWatts EA430 as excellent choices.
  19. batigoal

    batigoal TS Rookie Posts: 58

    okies thanks for the help! i'll get the Antec Earthwatts 500w juz to be sure ;D
  20. fluff

    fluff TS Rookie

    My eMachine randomly powers on by itself

    I have an eMachine (T3092) and as of late, the system just randomly powers on by itself. I'm not able to get into the BIOS. I've tried to use to function keys (F1 and F2) while the system was booting up. However, it bypass the Post up and boots up to Windows. Please help!!!
  21. alwaysAmission

    alwaysAmission TS Rookie

    hi just to let you know my crazy dad opened my power supply and soldered a bit of fuse wire across the fuse and what do you know my psu is now in working order.
    i know that opening a psu aint a good idea but surely if you know an electrician and your power supply has blown dont buy a new one just yet check the internal fuse first and replace it. if it is soldered onto the board then you can try and identify the correct fuse wire to use and solder a bit linking from one side of the fuse to the other.

    just thought id let you guys know im sorted and to say thanks for previous advise

  22. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    It is always best to replace a power supply especially in any eMachines rather than just replacing or bypassing a fuse... It's never a good idea to bypass a fuse ever. This practice might start a fire
  23. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Start by replacing the power supply, it's cheaper. Then move to replacing the motherboard. There are many posts here to help you do this. Better yet... save for a new computer
  24. helloworld

    helloworld TS Rookie

    power supplies are cheaper now
  25. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Old english saying "Buy cheap = buy twice"
    Very true for PSUs

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