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August 25, 2011, 08:30:55 PM
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Have some older spare parts around that I thought I could build into a machine.  Here are the basics:

Dell Optiplex 620 (older P4 based Dell)
ATI HD5770
built in Dell PSU (I think around 300w)
extra PSU (300w rated)

So I've got the two PSU's jumped together (green -> green and black -> black).  I've also tried this by simply jumping the 2nd PSU in standalone (always on) mode.

No dice either way.  I would have thought that a dedicated 300w PSU would be enough for a 5770, no?

Or am I missing something?  I would have thought that the machine would at least boot up to the system BIOS.

If I disconnect the 2nd PSU and boot up using the machine's built-in internal GPU (and PSU) then everything is fine, but of course that GPU won't do squat for BTC mining.

Comments / input appreciated.

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August 25, 2011, 09:31:09 PM
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Does that 2nd PSU fire up if you just short the black and green without connecting it to anything else?

If not, that's pretty weird, I'd plug a multimeter between the green and black pins, you should see ~5V.  If not, the PSU may need some other load (like the 5V motherboard standby) in order to power on.  A heavy resistor on that pin to ground should do the trick if so, but I don't know which pin that'd be offhand, just the 5V rail I'd guess?

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August 25, 2011, 09:44:31 PM
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Yep, does it power on with just green/black shorted?
Also, it's generally a VERY bad idea to only load old/cheap 300/350W PSUs on +12.
Those are pretty much all group-regulated designs taking feedback from +5V or +3.3V -> load +12 significantly with +5/+3.3 unloaded and +12 ends up *way* low, I've personally seen < 9.5V with 60% rated load on +12 and nothing on +5/+3.3.

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August 25, 2011, 09:49:13 PM
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I've personally seen < 9.5V with 60% rated load on +12 and nothing on +5/+3.3.

I've been running into this a lot lately, I wasn't aware it was a problem at all but it could explain the odd locks I get every once in a while..  my multimeter vanished so i'm waiting for a new one in the mail to check this out Smiley

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August 25, 2011, 10:54:10 PM
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Maybe try one of these?

http://www.add2psu.com/

Ironically, I just browsed this article this morning.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/08/24/black_art_dual_psus_in_your_enthusiast_pc/1

Which your thread reminded me of the add2psu component.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/08/24/black_art_dual_psus_in_your_enthusiast_pc/3
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August 25, 2011, 10:58:34 PM
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I've personally seen < 9.5V with 60% rated load on +12 and nothing on +5/+3.3.

I've been running into this a lot lately, I wasn't aware it was a problem at all but it could explain the odd locks I get every once in a while..  my multimeter vanished so i'm waiting for a new one in the mail to check this out Smiley

If you didn't order a new meter i picked up one of these and it's awesome http://www.harborfreight.com/5-in-1-digital-multimeter-98674.html includes a temperature probe very useful.

On topic I wouldn't muck about with psu's that are too old and i would avoid dell psu's of that age period they're known for being wired in a non standard maner

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August 25, 2011, 11:11:05 PM
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If you didn't order a new meter i picked up one of these and it's awesome http://www.harborfreight.com/5-in-1-digital-multimeter-98674.html includes a temperature probe very useful.

No shit, one of these stores opened up just around the corner a few months ago, I had no idea they carried this kind of stuff.  Might have to go 'browse' later Cheesy

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August 25, 2011, 11:16:11 PM
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