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Alienware with a Newton 1000W power supply (N1000P-00)

\015 I have an Alienware computer with a Newton N1000P-00 1000W power supply. The system has begun to ranomly power off, usually after less than <5min. I've bypassed the power bar and am straight in the wall, disconnected all external peripherals, all internal drives and memory, sound card and video card and it still does it. I've also cleaned any dust out. It appears to be a faulty power supply, it's less than two years old (but over the 1 year warranty, of course). \015\012It doesn't appear to be heat related, although that was my first thought, as it happens even if the system is cold. I've verified all fans are operational.I know my obvious option is to replace it, but perhaps someone is aware of a common problem with these and it's something I can fix?Thanks,Craig\015

Answers :

Craig,
\015\012 I think you will find that your instintcs are right, there could be some component getting hot in the psu & the thermal cut out is kicking in & shutting down the psu.
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\015\012With a 1000w psu there is no way it should be doing that if the psu is in good order.
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\015\012Unless you have the gear to test the components in the psu & of course you are qualified & competent enough as they are not safe to work on unless you know what your doing, on the other hand if you know how to check components down to that level get the meter out & check out diodes and may be well worth checking some of the capacitors for bulging, thats a sure sign they are on their way out & will eventualy go pop.
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