PC POWER SUPPLY TEST: THE PAPER CLIP TEST




I had an issue today with a friends pc. After doing rock, paper scissors for the umpteenth time… she let me touch her pc. Wierd chick… anyway… I narrowed it down to the power supply… It was at this point she asked if we could try the paper clip test. I tried to act all cool and she said… ” you don’t have a clue what I am talking about do you…”

As usual, I did not… so she showed me…

She unhooked the power supply from the pc… unplugged it from the wall… disconnected everything… curled back the four pin clip and left the regular 16pin clip… looked for the green wire… and the black cable to the left of it.. then she found a per clip uncurled it, fully extended it… took a piece of electrical tape… wound it round the middle… bent the clip on both sides of the tape… so as to form a u or an n… depending on how you look at it… inserted the refashioned clip… into the green wire terminal and the black pin to the left of it. plugged the power supply into the wall… and demonstrated that her power supply worked…

The fan began spinning… later I found the problem… bad capacitors on the graphics board… Even so… I am going to add the paper clip test to my list of cool tests to do on a power supply…

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT ONE FOR THE KIDDIES… I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU ELECTROCUTE YOURSELF OR WORSE… IF YOU DO THIS… ITS DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK…. AND YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT… MY CONSCIENCE IS CLEAR…

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