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ATX is the standard for PC power supplies. It has +3.3 V, +5 V, and +12 V. They share a common ground. It has a PS_ON# signal which needs to be grounded to turn it on. Don't open power supplies that run on line voltage (AC). They have dangerous voltages and currents inside

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Magic smoke released from DIY PSU… but why?

I'm starting to learn what I can about electronics, and recently decided to follow this (and similar) guides to building a bench power supply out of an ATX PSU: http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-...
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Is it safe to toggle a led strip powered with 12v ATX PSU line?

I connected a segment of a led strip (12v) to a line coming from a standard ATX PSU (12v line, of course). I just wonder if it is safe to put a toggle switch to turn on/off the led strip, or may be ...
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How to determine preload resistance needed for an ATX power supply to power up?

I want to make a benchtop power supply from a 20 pin ATX power supply from the last millennium. I have seen posts, but still need help. So far, I have shorted PWR_ON to ground and have connected an ...
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Type of Header for Motherboard PWR Switch

I am trying to make my own 2-position connector cable to connect a Rasberry to the PWR_SW's PWR and ...
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Converting ATX PSU to lab bench PSU

I am currently trying to convert my ATX PSU to lab bench PSU. But I ran into a problem. I want to attach a dummy load, but I am not sure if I should use 12V or 5V. On label it says that ...
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ATX power supply minimum load

I know this is a commonly asked question but most of the answers I got are more than 5 years ago. So basically, my friend found a ATX power supply and was going to give it to me. Since I already have ...
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ATX power supply shuts down

I'm working on a power supply for my camera (powershot SX150IS) in order to leave it on for long periods of time. So I took an old power ATX power supply and connected the 3.3V output to the camera, ...
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15v from 20pin and/or 24pin ATX Power Supply. Connecting PSU circuits in series

I have a portable 12v car battery charger, jumper, maintainer, and inverter with integrated USB ports, 12v car adapter slot, jumper clamps, emergency LED light, and a 3 prong 110v/60hz wall outlet. It ...
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Using ATX power supply in industrial electronic projects

I have two main questions: 1. Can you use ATX power supplies in industrial projects? I see lots of DIY projects where they convert an old ATX PSU into a lab bench power supply or powering DIY projects....
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Grouping 12V ATX lines for measurements

I'd like to measure the power draw of my CPU. The way that seems the most straightforward to me is to cut into the ATX12V cable and put a shunt based sensor in the middle of the 12V line. Now in the 4 ...
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ATX PSU and offline UPS compatibility

Specifically how well can an ATX PSU and in turn the Computer it is powering cope with power loss for x miliseconds during the changeover from Grid AC to offline UPS inverter AC Can I use offline UPS ...
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Powering many external 3.5" HDDs (USB) by an ATX PSU

I have many external USB disks like this one, that I would like to power from a single dedicated ATX PSU, instead of one 12V power adapter per disk. Because each power adapter would take one power ...
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Why are DC-DC ATX converters so big?

I watched an interesting video in which the caster reverse engineers a modern 850W computer PSU. From this teardown one can see that 90% of the bulk of the PSU is devoted to synchronous conversion of ...
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ATX PSU turns off under heavy 12V load, unless increased gradually

Following the well known instructions I've built the PSU from a spare 500W ATX. I've used 10 Ohm resistor for artificial load on 5V line. When I connect 1A load to 12V line, the ATX shuts off. I need ...
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Parallel ATX Power Supplies - for more power and redundancy [closed]

I wanted to ask the question about two parallel power supplies. I was asked by a friend if these would be a good idea Add2PSU At first thought it looks very simple and good idea to connect 2 ATX PSUs ...
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Use a PC PSU for powering a Raspberry Pi cluster and number of 5V+ cables

I need to power a cluster of 8 Raspberry Pis 4 and I have a 480W PC PSU with a maximum load of 28A on 5V+. My question is really simple and dumb (sorry for that) but I did not found a precise answer, ...
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How safe is parallel wiring two ATX PSUs, if they weren't explicitly sold as dual PSUs?

Pages such as this discuss wiring ATX PSUs in parallel, in what seems to be a sensible manner, with links to various projects showing details. Companies with a decent reputation for ATX PSUs, sell ...
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Computer power supply outputs 5.20 volts at 3.3 volts rail

I got an old 420 watt Tagan power supply. It seems pretty good quality. I wanted to convert it into a bench power supply. It worked fine until I THINK I messed things up. I’m not sure if i actually ...
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Figuring out ATX Power Supply max output

I have a Delta DPS-400AB-17B power supply, and I am planning to change over some of the connectors to different ones. I want to make sure I don't overload any of the 12v 18awg wires, so I am figuring ...
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ATX Power Supply Pin Material? (gold or tin)

I'm planning to use an ATX power supply to power a small set of 12v devices. I've read plenty of guides about adapting ATX -> bench supply, but I can't seem to find any mention of the connector ...
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Is it bad to load one rail of a power supply vastly more than the other?

I am trying to modify a Delta DPS-400AB-17 server 1U power supply to support a desktop motherboard and graphics card. The power supply has an 8 pin 12V EPS connector attached to a 21A 12V (252W) rail. ...
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How to calculate the average current

I have an ATX which the yellow wire is "+ 12 v ,18 amp" and "blue is -12v , 1 amp". When I use them together I got 24 v but I am confused how to calculate the max ampere. How to ...
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ATX power supply turns off when used with DIY boost converter

I am trying to build my own step-up boost converter. I have my connections as shown in the following schematic (except for the one circled in red.) First I powered up my step-up module with a ...
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can atx power supply the intel nuc and egpu [closed]

So I want to power my Nuc (mini-pc) with ATX psu and the reason is I built my own egpu(external graphic card) and i would like to throw the nuc in there powered by the same psu that runs the egpu ...
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ATX power supply doesn't cut the current after being turned off

I made a power supply for my electronic projects using a ATX power supply of a older computer and used a button connecting the black and green wires to turn it on/off. I noticed that sometimes when I ...
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Creating a DC input ATX power supply using buck converter

I am working on a project which requires me to use a battery to run a computer. I planned to work with a 24V battery connected to a DC input (24V,1000W) ATX power supply and connect it to the PC. But ...
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ATX PSU turns itself off when uploading sketch to Arduino

I'm trying to power a stepper motor with the 5V rail of an ATX PSU and control it using arduino. To keep the PSU running, I have shorted the PS_ON pin to ground. ...
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Building my own on-off button for a PC

I'm looking to build my own power button for my computer. Most motherboards have a pair of PWR_SW pins that your case power button typically attaches to via two ...
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What could be the reason an ATX PSU triggers OVP?

I have a broken MARS MP600 PSU that I am trying to repair. Everything looks good but when I turn it on (grounding PS_ON) the outputs do not maintain the voltage. The output signals go to the rated ...
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ATX power supply doesn't turn off after PS_ON wire is disconnected from GND

I'm using an old ATX power supply to power a PlayStation 3. I've built a small circuit to make the power supply only fully turn on when the PS3 is turned on, by using an optocoupler that connects the ...
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Can I use 1 yellow 12V wire to power 2 12V pins?

I'm trying to mod a C8220 Dell (mini 18-pin power) from an old ATX supply. I want to know if it's okay to use 1 yellow wire to supply 2 yellow sockets on the 18-pin. Thank you.
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Converting negative voltage to positive

I am adding an ATX power supply as a bench power supply to power accessories on my model railroad layout. I prefer to run some lighting accessories at +7v, but obviously a power supply has +3.3v, +5v, ...
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ATX Power supply and its protective features - not happy with motor as load?

I'm building a chicken coop opener - I've build my circuit (let's say arduino) with a DS3231 clock module and if functions as follows: My DS3231 will pull down its interrupt pin which is connected to ...
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Swapping power supply - need clarification on grounding (AG & DG)

The internal power supply on my Yamaha keyboard was broken while moving house (PCB is nearly snapped in half) and because it's 30+ years old it's not easy finding a NOS part replacement. I've found ...
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How to make +12v standby power from ATX power supply?

Can I make a 12v SB line from the existing lines on this ATX power supply? I'm told that +/- 10% voltage is acceptable. Can I combine a (red + orange + purple) 5V + 3.3V + 5VSB = 13.3VSB? I'm working ...
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How safe is to work on an ATX PSU as a bench power supply?

I'm trying to convert an old ATX PSU into a workbench supply. I saw there are many safety warnings about discharging the internal capacitors before opening the PSU. I'm not really concerned with it as ...
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Connecting two atx power supplies in series

My problem is I've bought a 3d printer from china. As usual with consumer electronics the psu is a heap of shit. I've read on forums you can connect two atx supplies in series to generate 24v ...
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Windshield motor with ATX power supply keeps shutting down

I need to connect my windshield motor (12V) to my ATX power supply from old computer. I've tested the motor on my bench power supply and i draws around 1,5A @ 12V, so it should be well in range of the ...
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If I use a 19V 4.7A supply to a MAX 250W ATX power supply am I an idiot or should it be safe enough?

I can do the maths, I get near 90W, but I'm only planning to draw under a quarter of the power supplies (ebay link) rated max of 5V/12V combo (estimated load 30W). I therefore consider my 19V old ...
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EPS12V 8pin from ATX PSU with two separate 12V rails

This is your standard EPS/ATX12V connector used for feeding the main processor VRM on a computer motherboard. The two 4pin connectors can be attached together to create an 8pin connector. The top four ...
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Reason for capacitor on ATX 12V+ wire

I'm using a computer PSU to power several controller boards and sensors. To be more precise, I'm using the 24pin ATX connector wires to power everything. There are two 12V+ wires coming from the ...
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Remote controlling an ATX power supply

First of all i hope you will all excuse my spelling as i am Dyslexic. I have two computer cases one is fully outfitted and has a sas expander to run 16 hard drives in it with a breakout to a ...
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Abusing EPS connector to power LED's?

I'm working on the wiring harness for a PC build that's going to include a bunch of (5050) LED strip lights. The strips will be wired to fan connectors (more details at end). For testing, I've been ...
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Powering up analog part of the video card

I am designing the video card for the device mainly powered by the +5 V of the ATX power supply. The digital part of the video card is also powered by the +5 V supply, as well as analog part. Analog ...
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Center tap transformer pairing with ATX PSU

I'd like to use both a beefy center tap transformer (220v to 24-0-24, 1000VA) and an ATX PSU togheter, to power some lab equipment. So I isolated from case the ATX GND on DC side as the case is earth ...
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Would an ATX PSUs internal fan work as the dummy load for a benchtop power supply conversion?

The PSU has 2 12V rails listed in its specs on the side, however both show continuity between them when I tested it with my multimeter. I then tested continuity between the positive from the fan and ...
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DIY ATX PSU turns off when attaching load on 12V rail

I want to convert my old ATX power supply to a simple bench supply for 12V devices. On the label it says it's a 300W PSU where I can use 264W on the 12V rail (see image below). https://imgur.com/...
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How can I use an ATX power supply for my own experiments?

I've been trying to turn on an ATX power supply I had lying around, and I plan to use it for some electronic experiments. Note: I don't want to have to open up the PSU for any reason. I've tried ...
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How come PC/laptop power suppliers have much higher wattages per physical size than laboratory switching power suppliers?

This 2.2 kg 1000W BeQuiet BN213 ATX power supply is able to provide 12V 83A (no typo. Eighty-three.), which is around 1000 W. This huge PS900W (60V15A 30V30A 15V60A) bench power supply weighs 5 kg ...
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24V 3A from ATX power supply?

I am looking for a cheap way to get +24V DC max 3A from computer power supply. I prefer easy soldering solution like DIP, and standard components that do not need to be purchased over internet. Any ...