purchased used from asia, how to switch power

October 19, 2011 at 00:48:29
Specs: Windows XP, i7 3g ram
Gateway fx6800, how do I switch power supply setting to 110volts. Power supply has no obvious setting for changing to 110 volts. How do I switch to 110 volts. Power supply is made in china and has no place to change settings.
Thank you for any consideration you can extend to me.
Barb

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#1
October 19, 2011 at 00:59:34
As far as i am aware, if the PSU does not have a switch at the back to change its voltage, you will have to replace it, dont take my word on it, someone else with more knowledge will hopefully give you better guidance.

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#2
October 19, 2011 at 01:06:48
Thank you, I greatly appreciate your advise.
Best Wishes
gdgirl

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#3
October 19, 2011 at 04:24:27
If this is a laptop, you can purchase a power converter like those for travelers, but the opposite way or just contact Gateway and simply purchase a US suitable power cord.
If this is a desktop, just purchase a suitable replacement power supply (see Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com, or local store.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
October 19, 2011 at 06:30:18
Hi Fingers
It is a desktop. There is no selector for 110 volts. What would a proper power supply be for a gateway 6800, i7 920? Do I purchase by considering the number of pins in a connector?
The computers are to be used for leukemia patients while taking chemo, and I have a budget, since I will be using mainly my financial resources which are very limited. I need to learn to change computer assemblies as well as IV drips.
Thanks you for any help you can provide. Sorry for the questions which must be considered common knowledge.
Best Wishes
Barb

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#5
October 19, 2011 at 07:27:45
Look at the label on the power supply carefuly and see of it has something like 110-240v AC 50-60Hz, that is if it is in English, which most are. If there is such a label then you have no need to switch voltages. Every power supply I have seen has had either s switch to switch voltages or it has been auto switching.

A lot of power supplies have auto switching for voltages and will automatically adjust to the input voltage. I would suspect that one made in China would have this facility as they will be exporting all over the world It would not make sense for them to restrict their market to a single area when for a few dollars they could make it universal for the world market

One thing to remember if you are in a 110v area and the power supply is designed for 240v and you plug it in, it wont do any harm, it just wont work. It is the other way round, 240v into 110v that the sparks begin to fly.

If you do really do have to buy a new power supply it is the mains voltage of the country you are in that is the deciding factors. The computer it is being used on is largely irrelevant as the power supply will take cars of its power requirement providing you get one that is of sufficient power to do the job.. You may still have to buy a new power lead to fit the power sockets where you are.

Stuart


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#6
October 19, 2011 at 21:46:40
Your Specs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
show you have a 750Watt power supply due to the graphics card.
As was suggested, see if it specifies input voltage.
If you do need one, look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
October 20, 2011 at 07:22:30
Hi Stuart:
Thank you. I appreciate the kindness and courtesy. You guys are great!
Best Wishes
Barb

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#8
October 20, 2011 at 07:27:31
Good Evening FIngers:
You have been so kind. Thank you ever so much. I am so grateful for your help. I will inform you of my progress.
Best Regards
Barb

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