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Author Topic: Power Supply on my PC just exploded: i'll be mostly offline this week crying  (Read 14416 times)
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« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2007, 06:48:05 AM »

It's reasons like this that I went for EIDE drives and not SATA. I want to be able to pop them in my other pc if I have to.

speaking of which, is there a IDE to SATA converter? so that i can the use the older IDE drives on newer motherboards..

I use a card like this one to use them in the newer pc. You can connect 4 drives to this. (2 cards and you can have 8!) There is also an Ultra 133 available, and I used to have that, but I had to swap cards with my dad when I couldn't get it to work on this pc. His card Ultra 100 card worked fine though.

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« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2007, 04:39:52 AM »

f0dder, you mean something like this: IDE Hard Drive to SATA port Converter? i don't need an enclosure because i already use one..

btw, thanks Carol for pointing out the terms.. i didn't know IDE is now known as PATA.. ohmy

Yep - thats the sort of thing I meant - but app103's PCI card is a good solution if you have a PCI slot - and probably cheaper if you want more than a couple of drives. I presume the PCI card will run normal ATAPI optical drives too.

Check out http://www.novatech.co.uk.../specpage.html?NOV-ATA133
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« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2007, 04:46:33 AM »

Yep - thats the sort of thing I meant - but app103's PCI card is a good solution if you have a PCI slot - and probably cheaper if you want more than a couple of drives. I presume the PCI card will run normal ATAPI optical drives too.

Yes, they do...but I am not sure if you can boot from one that is hooked up to it...never tried that. I have never tried booting from any device hooked up to one. I guess that's something for me to experiment with at some point.
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« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2007, 04:50:01 AM »

You should be able to boot from it - but I'd guess it depends on your BIOS settings (may be worth a look if it doesn't work immediately as there are settings to allow PCI cards to respond to the BIOS)
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« Reply #29 on: April 28, 2007, 05:24:18 AM »

You should be able to boot from it - but I'd guess it depends on your BIOS settings (may be worth a look if it doesn't work immediately as there are settings to allow PCI cards to respond to the BIOS)

The Ultra 100 card has it's own BIOS. At a point late in the booting up process, the card will detect and list all devices attached to it. Until that happens, those devices don't really exist on your system.

If you wanted to boot from an optical drive that is hooked up to the card, and it's the only optical device on the system, setting in the system BIOS to boot from a 'non-existing' optical device may not work. And you don't have access to anything in the card's BIOS.

This is why I was unsure if it could be done. It may also depend on the card too. Maybe newer cards are better and will allow you to do more. Mine is kind of old. Of the 2 cards that my father and I have, my Ultra 133 card was the newer one...purchased in 2001...and I swapped that for his older Ultra 100 card.

The drivers for the Ultra 100 can be installed from within Windows.

The Ultra 133 card required you to have a floppy drive to install the drivers during first boot. I had a floppy drive on the pc it was originally purchased for, but I don't have a floppy drive on this pc. On the older pc I originally had it in, that card detected and listed the devices attached to it early in the boot process, right after the listing of the drives attached directly to your system. I think that card would have better luck with booting from a device attached to it than the Ultra 100 would.

Like I said...something to experiment with some day.
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« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2007, 07:12:12 PM »

Mouser, I just wanted to mention that my psu went out a couple of years ago and a friend of mine told me about a little-known company called PC Power & Cooling that supposedly makes really good power supply units.  I don't know how true that is, but I believed him and I bought one and I've been happy with it.  Like I said, I'm no expert, but it's supposedly one of the best brands.  And they're fairly expensive.
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