What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

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What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Thu May 10, 2012 10:13 pm

In years past, I've simply tossed my defective or unwanted powersupplies. Lately I've been trying to recycle my old electronics rather than toss just them; especially batteries and such. I recently had an old Enermax Noisetaker II PSU go out, but being a fairly hefty unit, I got to thinking------isn't there most likely some valuable metals inside a higher-end powersupply?? It almost seems like I should be getting a few bucks for it somewhere.
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Re: What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 12:00 am

Unless you've got a scrap dealer in the neighborhood you can hand it off to, I doubt it would be worth the cost of transporting it to wherever you'd need to take it.
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Re: What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 5:18 am

Maybe you can build a collection of old computer parts and solder/weld it into a cool robot sculpture
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Re: What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 8:14 am

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Re: What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 9:14 am

Give them to Starfalcon.
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Re: What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 11:11 am

If the PSU didn't die due to a fan failure, the fan(s) may still be usable for something else (e.g. as a case fan). May require a little creative connector splicing, but that's no big deal.

Caveat: If you ever poke around inside a PSU, please exercise caution around the high voltage caps. They can have hundreds of volts of charge on them even if the PSU has been off for a long time! First thing I do once I've got access to the underside of the PCB is short all the large caps by momentarily bridging their connections with a screwdriver, to make sure all of the residual high voltage is discharged. Edit: And if you don't know what that means, you probably shouldn't be opening up your old PSUs...
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Re: What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 11:48 am

Philldoe wrote:Give them to Starfalcon.



Yeah, I am always short on old PSUs for my rigs...always willing to take old hardware no one wants.
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Re: What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Fri May 11, 2012 12:10 pm

The PSU still fires up and all the fans turn. The computer even still goes through the boot process, it just does so with nothing but a black screen. New PSU solved the problem. This is the second PSU in about 6 months that died the same way for this particular family member. I think they must have some sort of power or voltage problem on the circuit.

Anyhow Starfalcon, if you want it, it's yours. It's an Enermax Noisetaker II EG425P-VE. I actually live about 15 miles from you.
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Re: What To Do With Old/Defective PSUs?

Postposted on Sat May 12, 2012 11:10 pm

Yeah PM me and we can work something out on it.
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