I had a strong PC which is no longer functional at this point. One day while i was using it, it made a click sound and turned off abruptly. It also gave some kind of burnt wire smell which made me believe that some damage has been caused to one of the parts of it. But the question was Which ONES???.
I have no knowledge about electronics that's why i am a little wary to do anything internally. After some googling i drew a rational, that maybe the PSU(SMPS) is damaged. Today i unplugged all of the connectors of the PSU in question, and did the paperclip test on it (the one that requires inserting a paperclip b/w pin 4 and 5 of psu). The fan did not start (as expected). (it is a 500W PSU)
I also have a old PC that i am currently working. It is quite underpowered as compared to the aforementioned one. It has a 200W functional PSU.
So, I was wondering if it is okay/safe, if I use the 200W PSU in that rig to test whether it is functional or not (by functional i mean the other parts are okay or not). This is what I would do:-
- Plug the 200W PSU in the strong rig
- Start the PC
- Go immediately to the UEFI to see whether the parts are recognized or not (using motherboard explorer)
- Close the PC
I won't have any hard drives connected to the PC (as i have heard that they consume a lot of W, which i have in scarcity). All i wanna do is check whether the parts are recognized or not. throught the process the PC won't start the OS boot process.
The powerful PC (which is not functional) had the following specs:-
- Zotac GTX 1660ti
- 16GB DDR4 RAM
- A cooler for CPU (decent one)
- MSI Z390-A Pro
Is it safe if I plug the low powered PSU in the strong PC, and check for the integrity of its parts?
Some information regarding the PSU's:-
This is the 500W one (used in the strong rig):-
This is the 200W one (used currently in the old rig):-