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Old 06-07-2018, 11:05 AM   #181
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Had a for parts machine that I thought bringing back to life. Had a ASRock P4VM890, Delta DPS-300PB-2A and a VIA USB2 card.

I hope NOBODY has to live the hell I had to go through cleaning the PSU. Sweet Jesus Christ, I don't think I had a PSU smell that bad of nicotine and have so much dust.

I cleaned out the dust now. It still smells a bit (generally when warm) but it's mostly gone.
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Old 06-07-2018, 04:07 PM   #182
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Had a for parts machine that I thought bringing back to life. Had a ASRock P4VM890, Delta DPS-300PB-2A and a VIA USB2 card.

I hope NOBODY has to live the hell I had to go through cleaning the PSU. Sweet Jesus Christ, I don't think I had a PSU smell that bad of nicotine and have so much dust.

I cleaned out the dust now. It still smells a bit (generally when warm) but it's mostly gone.
How do you clean a PSU?
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:26 PM   #183
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How do you clean a PSU?
Same way you do a motherboard. Complete disassembly, hot water & simple green, and an air compressor to blow the water out of everything. I've cleaned a lot of them that way.

Here's a good example of hotwashing some PSU's: https://www.badcaps.net/forum/showpo...1&postcount=16

I do this all the time with stinky PSU's from houses of smokers. Like anything else electronic, just make sure its dried out good before firing it up. With an air compressor, you can wash, air compressor dry, reassemble, and power them up right away...I do it all the time.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:47 PM   #184
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Same way you do a motherboard. Complete disassembly, hot water & simple green, and an air compressor to blow the water out of everything. I've cleaned a lot of them that way.

Here's a good example of hotwashing some PSU's: https://www.badcaps.net/forum/showpo...1&postcount=16

I do this all the time with stinky PSU's from houses of smokers. Like anything else electronic, just make sure its dried out good before firing it up. With an air compressor, you can wash, air compressor dry, reassemble, and power them up right away...I do it all the time.
I'm a noob. I thought you could get zapped pretty good taking about a psu?
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:55 PM   #185
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I'm a noob. I thought you could get zapped pretty good taking about a psu?
If you're a noob, you might not want to try it.....but if the PSU is thoroughly & completely dry, its safe.
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If you're a noob, you might not want to try it.....but if the PSU is thoroughly & completely dry, its safe.
So if I open it up there is no risk of shock?
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So if I open it up there is no risk of shock?
If you remove power, it should discharge everything.
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If you remove power, it should discharge everything.
Awesome! I have a few lying around that I can run tests and clean them. You rock!
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:14 AM   #189
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To be on the safe side measure the big capacitors with a volt meter set to DC.
Sometimes they don't discharge, either because the discharge resistors are broken or none are installed...
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To be on the safe side measure the big capacitors with a volt meter set to DC.
Sometimes they don't discharge, either because the discharge resistors are broken or none are installed...
I did say *should* discharge... On old television sets I'd service back in the day, if servicing power supplies, I'd just take a screwdriver and short the leads on those caps, just to make sure they were drained. They'd occasionally create a nice spark!
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It works perfect. I love this forum. Hat tip to you Top Cat!
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Lol thats what the inside of my laptop looked like last time i cleaned it
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