Need help with power supply "paper clip" test

rated by 0 users
This post has 3 Replies | 2 Followers

Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 40
Joined: Dec 2011
MFerreira Posted: Tue, Dec 20 2011 9:14 AM

Hi,I have a simple doubt, I am currently testing my power supply since my computer wont turn on. I took the power supply off the case, connected only a fan to the power supply cabling, and did the paper clip thing.

When I turn the power supply on, I can see the power supply internal fan spinning all time. But the external fan connected to the power supply only spins for like 1,5 sec when I turn the power supply on, then stops.

Should the external fan be spinning all the time, or only for a sec when I push the on button?

PSU is an Enermax Coolergiant EG701AX-VH.

Thks,Marcio

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,383
Points 31,065
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: Crystal Lake,IL
rrplay replied on Tue, Dec 20 2011 9:41 AM

If you did the paper clip test correctly with your PSU and hooked up the fan....the external fan should spin for a long as there is power on.

try a different fan if one is available to you....and let us know.

& Welcome to HotHardware Smile

"Don't Panic ! 'cause HH got's your back!"

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 40
Joined: Dec 2011
MFerreira replied on Tue, Dec 20 2011 9:47 AM

Hi man,

Thx very much for the confirmation, I had already tested other fans to make sure. Ill go ahead and get another PSU, will let you guys know of outcome.

Regards,

marcio

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 50 Contributor
Posts 2,865
Points 29,645
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: United States, Connecticut
omegadraco replied on Tue, Dec 20 2011 10:28 AM

Definitely sounds like you did the paper clip test correctly. It's too bad you don't have a PSU tester that would tell you for sure if you have a bad PSU.

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (4 items) | RSS