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I’m sure I missed a few

I don’t like suspense, so let me say up front: yes, I got the power supply installed without too much fuss and yes, it appears to have solved my USB problem completely. So far so good, anyway.

Those numbered things are zip ties, tightly holding the old cables to the frame. They each had to be cut, preferably without nicking the cables they were holding. Yeesh.

Things I know now:

Plug the cables into the power supply first, before you do anything else. The manual says to bolt it into the case first and then plug the cables into the motherboard and THEN plug them in the back of the power supply.

This means pointlessly sticking your fingers into many wkward tiny places to seat fiddly plugs you can’t see. I have circuit board rash on the backs of both hands.

I’m sure any way you do it is a doddle on an airy, well-lighted work bench. Sitting on the floor of a 16th Century farmhouse, not so much. Dark in here, fam.

Because the plugs are individually shaped, you can’t really go wrong. The worst mistake you can make is to leave something out so your rig is under-powered. And even that might not matter, depending on the component.

There is no over-powered splodey error.

The amount of juice coming out of each wire is the same. It’s not special sauce going to the motherboard or the graphics card. Plugs are shaped and numbered that way to idiot-proof the process.

One of these days, I’ll learn to watch a few YouTubes *before* I get stuck.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 29, 2022, 5:48 pm

I paid stupid money for a brand called Be Quiet – but damn me, it’s quiet!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 29, 2022, 6:20 pm

Congrats Weasel!

Many happy playing to you!

I saw the photo and wondered if you were playing something like Myst and asking which wire you should connect to solve a puzzle without getting blasted out of “Dunny on the wold”

Anyway, go forth, proclaim your abilities with a mighty weasel shout!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 29, 2022, 8:55 pm

Congrats SWeasy! You changed your power supply without letting out the magic smoke and turning your computer into a coffee table :+)

Comment from p2
Time: September 29, 2022, 9:30 pm

Well done! Welcome to my world where the aerospace engineer’s (at least at Learjet) creed states: You get to see it, or touch it, but never both at the same time.

Comment from steve
Time: September 30, 2022, 1:43 pm

No shch a thing as “idiot proof”.

Best you can ever do is “a$$hole resistant”.

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: October 4, 2022, 3:12 pm

‘No shch a thing as “idiot proof”.’

Because idiots will always find a way to do something so stupid that you never even thought of it.

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