Fireworks in a power supply... (indirectly off topic)

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Date: Mon Jul 5 17:25:12 1999

In a message dated 7/5/99 5:36:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< O.k.... here's the question: What would cause a capacitor in a power
 supply to suddenly explode, spraying its 'guts' and a bunch of smoke all
 over the place?? >>

Remarkable -- the same thing happened to a desktop PC of mine years ago. I
had been using it for a couple of hours, when BANG -- smoke -- and the system
shut down. It was so loud my wife raced into the room, thinking I'd been
shot (imagine her disappointment at finding me alive ;>).

Cursory examination revealed a filter cap with the top blown off; further
inspection turned up a short in the transformer.

Glen Goodwin
Received on Mon Jul 05 1999 - 17:25:12 BST

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