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How to power up an ATX Power Supply without a PC!

In this instructable i will show you how to power up an ATX Power Supply without a PC.

Maybe in some cases you want to test an old CD-Rom Drive or something else.
All that you have is a PSU from an old PC an a wire.

Here I show you how do to it.

 
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Step 2: Connect!

Now it's time for the wire.
Bend the wire and close up the little green plug from the big ATX plug to any other BLACK plug. Cause the black is the ground. To come off best you should connect the green with black besides the green.

Your PSU should power up immendiatly!
You are done!

2 Notes:

Use a thicker cabel for this. a standart one will cause a loose connection witch
isn't good for the PSU.

When you do this make sure that you have some device(s) connected to the PSU. Otherwise your PSU tries to drive the non-existing device an will overheat.

cwagey3 years ago
The easiest thing to use to test a lot of devices that need a 'load' connected in order to operate, is a lightbulb. In this case, use 12volt automobile brake light bulbs, they don't cost much and they limit the current draw when they light up because the resistance of the filament increases.
Most may not power-up right off the bat.. they may power-on for 1/2 a second, then stop, if there is no load on the +5V.. this load can be 10-ohm,(10W) to 33-Ohm (5W).. Most ATA hard drives draw about 6-7W, dependent on the maker... (as long as nothing is connected to the IDE socket, powering up/down a hard drive will not delete data.) The switching circuitry will compensate on the load, maintaining the correct voltage.

A test I do, make the short to the PWR-on to GND as you describe. Plug the supply in to the wall. The cooling fan will power-up, If it needs a load, the fan will just go on for 1/2 a second, then spin-down. Unplug the supply from the wall.. Within 2 seconds, as the filter caps bleed-down, the cooling fan will spin-up again for only 1/2 a second. This is the switching circuit simply noticing no use load, and simply shutting down.
thanks amigo, I have an ATX power supply in English with labels for each color, and another what appears to be Japanese with no labels. The English ATX is just plug and use no questions asked, the other however i thought was scrap.You saved me from tearing it apart!
hore3 years ago
what devices, how about hair dryer, can i connect it with hair dryer..