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Installing a Power Supply

Now that you’ve told us what to look out for in a faulty power supply and how to go about replacing it, can you please tell us how to install a new one? That’s the only thing you haven’t covered yet. Thanks for all your help with this!

Of course I will! As promised from yesterday’s newsletter, I will tell you exactly how to install your brand new power supply. Now, if you’re just tuning in, you’ll want to refer back to yesterday’s (November 14, 2007) Q&A tip to get caught up on what we’re talking about, but here’s a quick rundown for you. In that tip, we went over a couple things you can check on to make sure your power supply really is “dead” before you go out and buy a whole new one, we discussed how to remove the power supply from your computer case and we talked about what to look for when shopping for a new unit. Whew!

So, all that’s left now is actually installing your new power supply and that’s exactly what we’re going to cover today. I know most of you are probably at different stages in this process and that’s fine. I mean, some of you may have already gone out and purchased a new power supply, some of you may still be researching which one you’d like to get and the rest of you may just be reading through this information for future reference. Either way, you can print this tip out or save it to your computer and that way, you’ll have it whenever you need it. That’s the beauty of this newsletter! Okay, so what do you say we get started with this? Let’s go!

Once you have your sparkling new power supply, double check one more time that all the power around your computer is turned off. You don’t want any power running through your system when trying to install a new piece of hardware. Otherwise, you may get the shock of your life! When you’re ready, take the screws you saved when you removed your old power supply and use them to secure your new one into place. It should fit perfectly into the spot where your old one used to sit. When you’re done with that, go ahead and follow these steps:

1.) First, find the ATX power connector on your new power supply and plug it into your motherboard’s receptacle. Make sure it’s plugged in tightly as well.

2.) Next, take the rest of the power connectors and plug them into your hard drive, CD ROM drive and any other components that may need to be hooked up to the power supply. This just depends on how many devices you have along with your computer. Just make sure they’re all firmly plugged in and then move on to the next step.

3.) Once you’ve got everything hooked up, take a look around and make sure there are no unused power connectors just hanging there. If you just leave them there, they could eventually touch a fan or the heat sink and that could be bad news! If you don’t need them for anything, you can tie them up with a rubber band and put them in a safe spot, away from any of the other components.

4.) Now, you can put your computer case back together! Just slide the panel back on and screw it into place.

5.) You can reconnect your monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc.

6.) Next, flip the On/Off switch on the back of your power supply to the On position.

7.) Finally, plug the power cable on the back of your power supply to the wall socket or your power strip.

That’s it! You have now installed your very own power supply. I’m so proud of you! You can now start up your computer and experience what it’s like to have a nice, quiet fan. No more awful noises coming from your computer. Oh yeah!

~ Erin