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#3032832 Calling all PC/electronics nerds... I need some help...

Posted by dos poptarts on Yesterday, 10:56 AM

So, we have an old HP desktop that we never really use anymore. One reason is because it actually stopped working a year or so ago. My initial diagnosis was that the power supply was bad because the machine wouldn't power up.

I finally got around to taking it apart and pulling the power supply out this weekend. It is a 20 pin motherboard connector instead of a 24 pin. I shorted the power on pin with a ground pin with a paper clip per instructions found online, and the cooling fan does indeed turn on when I plug the power supply in. It has a built in LED that lets you know that it is powered on, and it stayed steady green.

Then I took my multimeter and started checking each pin's voltage based on a 5% tolerance table (again, based on online instructions.) Everything is within range except pin #10, the yellow wire. It should read within 5% range of 12 VDC, and I can only get 11.1 V out of it.  Do you think that is my problem? Can .2 of a V make that much of a difference and cause the machine not to power up when everything is connected? Would only one pin short out like that at a time?

I'm no PC or electronics expert by any means, but I thought maybe someone here might be able to help.

I hate to spend the $30 or so on a new power supply if that isn't my problem, because I don't think power supplies are returnable.


I'd love to get the machine back up and running to get my 4 year old started on navigating his way around a PC, and I'd love to be able to get some old files off the hard drive. I've also pulled the hard drive out in case I need to use a cable or HD dock to pull the data off, but it'd be nice to get the machine going anyway.


Thanks in advance!


Call some local PC shops and see if they will hook up a powersupply for free to test your system. When I was actively upgrading parts every few years, I would keep a cheap power supply just to power-on systems. Not for use, just to test with. But the days of free after rebate power supplies is long gone.

#3025185 Percy Havin to Jets! Wow!

Posted by dos poptarts on 17 October 2014 - 04:42 PM

Wow. He must be a real pain in the locker room.

#3025099 Is it me or is this the most uninteresting mid-term

Posted by dos poptarts on 17 October 2014 - 03:32 PM

Thom Tillis.


Are you in NC? If not the Tillis Hagan race is being very strongly funded and you get an ad for one of them every 30-40 seconds. Been going on for months.


Not that it makes anything interesting but usually I start following mid-terms around Nov 1.


Ahh, moved out of Charlotte 10 years ago.


#3023418 Steve Smith now in the top-ten for most 100-yard games

Posted by dos poptarts on 16 October 2014 - 10:09 AM

Smitty and Andre Johnson have similar detractors to overall stat compiling. Played alot of games w/crap at QB. John McClain (Houston reporter) who is on the HOF Selection Commitee already has his speech ready to nominate AJ just by listing stats and then listing his QBs. Smitty has more TDs by a long shot and did play in a Superbowl. Smitty >> AJ. Smitty also has more playoff TDs than Reggie Wayne who was in the playoffs almost every friggin year.


Smitty: 9 Playoff games: 11 TDs (only made playoff 4 years)

Wayne: 18 Playoff games: 9 TDs (made playoff 10 years)


Smitty is currently #11 for all time playoff TDs (including running backs). 1 more and he ties for 7th, 2 and he ties with Marcus Allen at 6th.



There's no way Wayne should get into the HOF before Smitty...in a just world.

#3023397 Would a Panthers vs Colts Super Bowl answer

Posted by dos poptarts on 16 October 2014 - 09:48 AM

The age old question of who is better or would that just not matter and the Cam/Andrew debate still continue?


Nope. Wins are a team effort.

Jake outperformed Tom Brady in the Panthers Superbowl, but no one outside of Carolina remembers that.

#3022027 First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In The U.S.

Posted by dos poptarts on 15 October 2014 - 10:39 AM

Which one?  The healthcare worker?


Yep. the 2nd HCW.


#3021826 First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In The U.S.

Posted by dos poptarts on 15 October 2014 - 08:54 AM

The CDC did what most new mgmt does in corporations. They assumed that people will follow procedures exactly when tools/processes/training will not go exactly as planned. Mr Murphy will make an appearance. I think this quote is very fitting in this situation.


"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." - Mike Tyson


The Duncan case should have highlighted exactly why federal govt is the proper and absolute authority in dealing with certain crises. The CDC could have taken full control in managing the Texas situation when it was a single patient, but we're beyond that now. It's probably more luck that Duncan's family or other contacts haven't shown symptoms yet.





#3018672 Official Netflix Thread

Posted by dos poptarts on 13 October 2014 - 11:19 AM

the killing (season 4) - short, but a nice wrap up to a great series.

Robot and Frank - Nice flick, sci-fi drama with Frank Langella about a elderly ex-thief whose son buys him a companion robot. Now he can continue his burgling ways.

The Last Days - Spanish 'end of the world' survivor thriller. Some of the sub-plots are cliche'd but overall enjoyable. Something is causing agoraphobia to the point of death around the world. Of course you'd get stuck at work when it hits you while your GF is at home. After 3 months you and your co-workers have finally dug a tunnel to reach the subway and now you try to get back home.


#3007430 Halloween Time! Do any of you guys dress up?

Posted by dos poptarts on 09 October 2014 - 01:44 PM

how in the hell are you going to pull that off


maybe something like this(random C&H costume search)....right now I'm getting the NO vote.


#3007009 Halloween Time! Do any of you guys dress up?

Posted by dos poptarts on 09 October 2014 - 09:44 AM

Dread Pirates Robert is my fallback.


This year I think as a family we're going to do a Calvin and Hobbes theme. (though my wife isn't buying into the sexy Hobbes idea).

#3006980 Costume ideas for Sammi Jo

Posted by dos poptarts on 09 October 2014 - 09:24 AM

If Zod were still posting I'd say Ursa.





#3006061 First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In The U.S.

Posted by dos poptarts on 08 October 2014 - 04:00 PM

Hoping his test comes back negative and it's just something else....I think the statement that you had to have direct contact with the patient is the wrong line to use to warn people. You must not come into physical contact with anything the patient had contact  whether it is people, homes/apts, etc... unless you are protected.


My guess (if the deputy is positive) that this outbreak will resemble Nigeria where more healthcare workers are infected and killed than other patients. Nigeria has 20 confirmed/8 killed. 11/5 are healthcare workers.





The Frisco patient has been identified as a Dallas County deputy Michael Monnig, who was not one of the 48 people being monitored by federal, state and local health officials because he never had direct contact with the patient.  Monnig did enter the apartment where Duncan stayed after Duncan had been admitted to the hospital.


EDIT: http://apps.who.int/...Oct2014_eng.pdf

linky for the WHO report.


The high number of EVD infections in health care workers (HCWs) continues to be a cause of great
concern. 401 HCWs are known to have been infected with EVD up to the end of 5 October. 232 HCWs have died (table 2).


#3002925 Would you genetically engineer your child?

Posted by dos poptarts on 06 October 2014 - 02:20 PM

I have no news article with this topic, just a basic question. (I may have brought it before, but I don't recall)  If given the choice, would you modify some of the genetic work that make up your future child, if you plan on having children?  If so or if not, why?


Are you talking full on Gattaca, the zygote showroom floor? Or more of turn off gene for hereditary diseases?


I may lean the latter, but I like surprises so not the former.

#3002892 First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In The U.S.

Posted by dos poptarts on 06 October 2014 - 01:58 PM

This west African ebola strain is very determined.




The Spanish nurse is the first person in the current outbreak known to have contracted Ebola outside Africa.

She was a member of the team that treated Spanish priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, who died of the virus on 25 September.


Wonder if they'll say whether she made an error in her precautions/procedures when she was around the priest.


#3002386 First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In The U.S.

Posted by dos poptarts on 06 October 2014 - 09:45 AM

I can explain my supposedly irrational concerns.


The west africa ebola strain is infecting much more rapidly than other strains, even the current Congo strain. The cases are doubling every 3-4 weeks. (exponential growth) And half are dying. With 1st world medical, you could probably increase the survival rate to 70-80% just by not becoming dehydrated. Who knows. This strain is notable because it is infecting those doctors and other healthcare people who know what they are dealing with Ebola and are taking precautions.


If the CDC can't even properly quarantine a known location that held a confirmed carrier until last Friday, then I have no belief  they really can handle this.


I love watching cheap B-Horror movies and make fun at the horrible cliched writing. But if I saw a premise that said after an infected patient went to the hospital:

  • He would be returned home w/ antibiotics.
  • He would be picked up by an ambulance a few days later at his family's apartment. According to the family after the CDC was called directly to state that they believe he may have ebola.
  • This ambulance would stay in use for another 2 days.
  • The homeless man who was next to ride in the ambulance just wandered off while is was under observation.
  • This apartment and family car would not be properly quarantined until 5 days after he is confirmed with Ebola.
  • Media recorded at least 3 visitors coming in and out of "quarantined" apartment the next day after Ebola is confirmed.
  • While the vomit on the sidewalk should have been ebola free by this time, there's no way these cleaners should not have worn some protection. I wonder if they were even told what they were cleaning.

I would say the plot device is ridiculous. But all this just happened. I feel like apologizing to the many scriptwriters I've made fun of the last few decades.


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