Power Supply Not Working Properly

May 26, 2009 at 18:30:52
Specs: Windows XP Professional SP3, P4 2.0 Ghz, 1.5 GB DDR RAM
Okay, my friend had a spare power supply laying around and I tried it out in my PC. It was a sorta cheap one. Hercules I think the brand is. It just says Green, but yeah, pretty sure its Hercules. It's a 500watt power supply and it's very similar to mine minus two power connections for IDE devices.

I plugged in the 20 pin to the motherboard and the 4 pin for the CPU, and the rest to the DVD Rom, floppy and hardrive.

I booted it up and it worked fine.

Until I noticed that my sound wasn't working. It was crackling horribly when I turned the sound up.

I installed the drivers for the onboard sound card and disconnected the Sound Blaster one.

The video card wasn't working right after it got past the XP boot up screen. Or possibly it wasn't booting at all after that.

I unhooked it and put in my old one and the video and sound card, not onboard, worked just fine.

What could the cause of this be?

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May 26, 2009 at 18:57:48
Hercules PSU's are absolute garbage & that's right where that one should go.


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May 26, 2009 at 19:04:29
Yeah, so it seems. Luckily I didn't pay him any money for it.

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May 26, 2009 at 19:16:43
They sell for about $15-20 brand new, so how much would a used one be worth? lol

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May 26, 2009 at 20:22:40

I just realized you replied alot to my other thread about AGP

Since, I've decided to just find something cheap and small
and deal with it until I could easily upgrade to a PCI E board.

I found a cheap Geforce4 Ti 4600 online for 5 dollars. The
shipping was like, 4 dollars.

I'm hoping that my PSU won't have much problem with it. I
don't want to fork out money on a PSU just yet because I
want one to use with my new board, whenever that is.

Thats why I borrowed this one from a friend, but yeah, turns
out to be crap.

I see there is still that one PSU on NewEgg that someone
from the other thread suggested. If I really have to I will buy it.
Free Shipping and only 40 dollars. Also a mail in rebate for 15

I want to throw a quick question at the end here.

I've seen that 2160p monitors are already being made.

If current video cards only go up to 2560 x 1600 what use
would the monitor be? Would it be possible to use more than
one card to render a higher resolution on one monitor?

I've seen Alienwares new curved DLP display. 2880 x 900
Very nice :D

But this is like, 2 of those stacked on top of each other.
3840 x 2160

And not to mention, the amount of storage required to handle video at the resolution.

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