I got a loaner amd64 motherboard from Gentoo today and installed it. Booted once, then the same problem as before. But when I plug it in, both the motherboard power indicator and the power light in front come on, even though the computer doesn’t power up. I also get a faint burning smell from around the PSU.
To eliminate another possibility of error, I went to OfficeMax and dropped $50 on a new surge protector and extension cord to use another power outlet. No change.
Hard to believe, but it seems that I got two gimpy power supplies in a row, and my original commenter was right. I’ve been running on a 400W Silencer supply, so this is believable, but my previous was about a 470W. But that was a no-brand, so it could’ve been 470 peak at 25°C, not 470 standard.
I’m looking pretty strongly at the Turbo-Cool 510 ATX, which has the 20-pin connector that I need and 650W peak. It has 12 connectors, 4 of which are SATA, which seems about right for now and for moving into the future.
Any opinions on this PSU would be appreciated.
I’m very grateful to Gentoo for giving me the opportunity to avoid dropping $200 on an unneeded motherboard.
Thanks again! Know that the power supply costs about the same as the motherboard, so your donation money will still go to the same cause of getting me up and developing quickly again.
Update: New plan of action: test with a Gentoo PSU before potentially wasting money in another different way