Carl: Most of the computers I work on are at terminals (Petroleum products) and I have to strip the machines or the fans will stop in two months at some of these locations! I understand and I do not always do good cleaning on my own equipment. :>) -----Original Message----- From: Carl [mailto:ctm007@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 8:13 PM To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [pcductape] Re: ... and now the Power Supply went up in Smoke Hi David, Hi Michael, I'm not making light of your problem; just to say I've been there. Over the past 15 years I owned several computers and I sorta treat my computer like my car; I drive it til it quits, with regular oil changes of course. :-) Yes, I know the techs tell us to open the case and clean the dusk & dirt & stuff out but I don't; seems there is always something else more important than to clean my computer. So, I end up buying a new fan or new power unit on most of my units and so far, I've not lost valuable data. Of course I did learn some years ago to backup, backup, backup and now I've got a problem trying to decide which backup do I keep and which do I discard. :-) And the way I learned to swap out my fans and power units is to find my computer on the Internet and find the cpu display (eBay.com has a lot) and take a screen print and find the unit and go far it. Nothing venture; nothing gain. :-) Good luck. I wish I lived in the country. :-( Carl ----- Original Message ----- From: Emery, David <mailto:demery@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 7:01 PM Subject: [pcductape] Re: ... and now the Power Supply went up in Smoke That is normal for a power supply to let go if the fan stops or it fills up with dust, they should be cleaned every three months or establish a periodicity based on opening and cleaning fans and processors fins and fans. You should have a least a 250 watt power supply. Dave -----Original Message----- From: Michael [mailto:zhar_ptitza@xxxxxxxx] Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 6:38 PM To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: [pcductape] ... and now the Power Supply went up in Smoke Sorry for disappearing like this. I turned on my PC Monday night and smoke started to come out of the Power Supply. I turned the machine off. I live in the country and just got into town to get some computer-fix-it books and to check email on the public computer. Thanks for all your help. Hope to be back soon. Andy ______________________________________________________________________ Post your free ad now! http://personals.yahoo.ca <http://personals.yahoo.ca> To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface. To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.