Question about Compaq (480082-001) ( 480082-001 ) Power Supply
To be more specific it is the "A-Power" brand of power supplies that seem to be the culprit. I have had numerous (around 5) go bad, some with disturbing events. The one I had in my wife's machine started get the 'burnt electrical' smell so we quickly shut it off. After letting it cool down, I powered the machine back on and immediately the power supply emmitted a loud POP. Luckily it did not take the main board with it. Another more disturbing one was for a client I support. I received a call that the computer had caught on fire sometime over the weekend, at first I thought they must be over-reacting, but once I got a look at the PC, I was surprised the office was still standing. It had in fact gotten so hot that it had melted through the power supply cord and then shorted out across the mouse and keyboard cables which happened to be in contact with the power cable. There was a large (1 1/2') tall scorch mark on the wall under the desk where all this happened. Had this been sitting in front of a curtain, I have no doubt it would have started a full fledge fire. I went through all other systems I supported or had at hoe and replaced any of the A-Power brand supplies. Since then, no more problems
Posted on Mar 19, 2010
My husband and I had the same computer.. My husband has a degree in Computers. We turned the computer off one day. Tried to turn it on the next and nothing. The voltages for the power supply is to low on a few of the voltages. It takes out the motherboard and can also take out the power supply.. We got a new power supply and motherboard. The mother board we got the original Seabreeze from partstore.com do to the fact windows will not start without the bias from Gateway. The mother board was $150 and powersupply was $50.. This is a very known problem with the powersupply.. Do a search and you will find alot. Good luck
Posted on Dec 04, 2008
Thats a good thought. Replace them now before they decide to self-destruct.
Like I said, they aren't "bad" computers. They generally use Intel mainboards, although I've stumbled across some "odd" ones before.
One thing you will notice is the original power supplies don't have cooling fans (some do, and some don't). I think that is what the main problem is with them - heat.
Get yourself basic Antec power supplies (they can range from $30 and up) and you shouldn't have anymore issues.
Posted on Apr 04, 2008
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