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How to start a Power Supply Unit w/o a motherboard

video How to start a Power Supply Unit w/o a motherboard
A power supply unit is a a box that powers your Desktop PC and runs all the components you have hooked up on the motherboard... But lets just say your computer stops working and you want to know if the power supply is bad or the motherboard is bad??? or maybe you want to test out a component you bought off ebay or something... So in this tutorial I will show you how to start a PSU with a paper clip!!!

Items Needed
PSU (Power Supply Unit)
Paperclip
Something to test the PSU 
craftclarity2 months ago
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sonicdude102 years ago
Video has been removed. Update this instructable dude.
BeefyHaze2 years ago
Nice DEstructable i click the video but it has been removed by the user.... really helpfull you richard
mariodjw3 years ago
Thanks for the advice. I've been wanting to do this for awhile.
eddles7773 years ago
thanks for this =) ive got an old psu lying around to cool my friggin hot netgear modem with two fans
Yelnuts71 (author)  eddles7773 years ago
I am glad that I have helped you out
LankyDuke3 years ago
A more user friendly way to turn the PSU on and off would e to use the little toggle switch at the back of the box where your mains supply lead is. Saves having to worry about prematurely starting your devices if you're not quite ready ;)
Yelnuts71 (author)  LankyDuke3 years ago
This PSU doesn't have a toggle switch but that is also another way to start it... Thanks for suggesting :)
This is also a good idea when you first water cool your system. You'll want to turn on only the power supply and water cooling components for about 2 days to check if there are any leaks. That way you can find and fix any leaks you may have without shorting your motherboard, GPU, CPU or anything else withing waters reach.