Life span of typical power supply

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Jan Alter

Man-wai Chang ToDie (33.6k) said:
I have a SPI 300W power supply that's now over 4 years old.
Should I replace it? A bit worried about fire risk....

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Is there anything that has trigged that thought?
I would be thinking more if the mainboard, cpu, RAM, and graphics card are
still keeping up with my needs on a 4 year old computer.

Should I replace the alternator on my 8 year old Toyota?
There is nothing specific that tells me to do that, but I should be changing
the oil and oil filter after a specific mileage.

Have faith. 'If it ain't broke......'
 
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Flasherly

I have a SPI 300W power supply that's now over 4 years old.
Should I replace it? A bit worried about fire risk....

--
@[email protected] Might, Courage, Vision, SINCERITY.
/ v \ Simplicity is Beauty! May the Force and Farce be with you!
/( _ )\ (Xubuntu 8.04.1) Linux 2.6.26.5
^ ^ 18:20:02 up 5 days 3:10 3 users load average: 1.01 1.02 1.00
? ? (CSSA):http://www.swd.gov.hk/tc/index/site_pubsvc/page_socsecu/sub_addressesa/

take it apart, if you want, blow it out with air and spray it down
with alcohol until until the newspapers underneath no longer are
yellowish brown. air-borne crud building up to a heat-retaining
jacket are probably within the top 10 worst component killers. i've a
fortron server grade PS i dread doing that to -- it's as heavy as a
brick and just as compact within with componets. a 300w, oth - piece
of cake, with space to work on like an old 302 in a truck
 
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Man-wai Chang ToDie (33.6k)

take it apart, if you want, blow it out with air and spray it down
with alcohol until until the newspapers underneath no longer are
yellowish brown. air-borne crud building up to a heat-retaining
jacket are probably within the top 10 worst component killers. i've a
fortron server grade PS i dread doing that to -- it's as heavy as a
brick and just as compact within with componets. a 300w, oth - piece
of cake, with space to work on like an old 302 in a truck

I did look into the inside of the power supply. Didn't found much dust
on top of the components....

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@[email protected] Might, Courage, Vision, SINCERITY.
/ v \ Simplicity is Beauty! May the Force and Farce be with you!
/( _ )\ (Xubuntu 8.04.1) Linux 2.6.26.5
^ ^ 21:40:02 up 5 days 6:30 3 users load average: 1.20 1.08 1.01
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Man-wai Chang ToDie (33.6k)

Is there anything that has trigged that thought?
I would be thinking more if the mainboard, cpu, RAM, and graphics card are
still keeping up with my needs on a 4 year old computer.

Fire reports from over-heated electrical appliances. Of course, cheap
appliances might not be using good transformer circuits...
Should I replace the alternator on my 8 year old Toyota?
There is nothing specific that tells me to do that, but I should be changing
the oil and oil filter after a specific mileage.

Have faith. 'If it ain't broke......'

Can't compare a power supply to a big car. Electronics vs
electro-mechanical....

--
@[email protected] Might, Courage, Vision, SINCERITY.
/ v \ Simplicity is Beauty! May the Force and Farce be with you!
/( _ )\ (Xubuntu 8.04.1) Linux 2.6.26.5
^ ^ 21:41:01 up 5 days 6:31 3 users load average: 1.20 1.12 1.03
? ? (CSSA):
http://www.swd.gov.hk/tc/index/site_pubsvc/page_socsecu/sub_addressesa/
 
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Jan Alter

Man-wai Chang ToDie (33.6k) said:
Fire reports from over-heated electrical appliances. Of course, cheap
appliances might not be using good transformer circuits...


Can't compare a power supply to a big car. Electronics vs
electro-mechanical....

Well a PS does have a fan, which would make it electro-mechanical, and it's
the alternator only, not the whole car.

I certainly appreciate the idea of blowing out the dust, and even possibly
changing the fan if it were noisy.
 
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