Will a weak power supply damage components?

March 30, 2011 at 09:22:05
Specs: Windows Vista
My PC has had a problem off and on for several months now in that it will have trouble booting properly. It will start to boot up and then seem to crash and then start booting again and then crash again in an endless loop. The crash point is always random. Sometimes it will almost finish booting and then it's like somebody flips the switch off and back on. I've taken it to a local repair place and described the problem and he said it sounds like a weak power supply has damaged the motherboard and components over time. He hasn't given me an official reason yet (still looking at it) but I'm wondering if his explanantion sounds reasonable or if I'm being set up.

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March 30, 2011 at 09:51:57
A weak power supply can cause a wide variety of problems, including damage to other system components. But in this case I see no reason to suspect motherboard damage. Your problem is consistent with a weak power supply. This is a common problem, particularly with some OEM systems.

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