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Old 07-02-2005, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How can i turn on a PSU while it is not in a PC. I heard i have to cross two pins on the motherboard connector and then it will work. Does anyone know what two pins to cross?

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(Bit of a weird question but oh well, help is appreciated )
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Old 07-02-2005, 05:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you don't plan on using the PSU in a case anymore then cut the green wire on the 20 pin cable, and cut a black wire, then strip them and put them together. Make sure there is a switch on the back of the PSU to turn it on and off. But once you do this you will never be able to use the PSU in a case again, unless you want to put the wires back to how they once were.
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Old 07-02-2005, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A better way of doing it, get a paper clip, and make it touch the green wire, and the wire above (black) I don't think they need to be touching all the time, but I never tried, so it's only a asumption..
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Any black wire, or is there a specific one?
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Old 07-02-2005, 06:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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They all carry the same voltage (5v?)

The one used is the one above it, but it doesn't matter.
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Old 07-02-2005, 07:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Good. Its not going to blow up in my face is it? lol

Edit: Just tested it, it works. It is safe isnt it? Providing im careful theres no risk of electric shock is there?
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LOL I've always wondered how to do that. I got an idea out of Maximum PC for taking an old mobo, processor, and PSU, and letting the heat from the processor cook hot dogs cut in half.

Now I know how
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Old 07-02-2005, 07:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hmm, it was working, but sometimes it will just randomly turn off, then not turn back on again....

Whats that all about?
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use a needle nose plyer and put it between the two power pins
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