Chieftec 500W power supply (PSU)

I’m troubleshooting a Pentium 4 3.2Ghz HT machine on an ASUS P5WD2-E Premium motherboard for heat issues. It’s hard to tell exactly what’s wrong, since I don’t have any spare parts and have to buy them (much to the client’s dismay) one by one as I progress through my checklist.

Now I’m testing a 500W Power supply.
This is the first time I’ve ever met the possibility of too little voltage and/or power causing excessive heat. But then I’m way generally way behind the present state of stationary processors. I like my P3 500Mhz. You can put it in the oven and it’ll still run stable around 50 degrees celsius. Unless you try to run Adobe Photoshop, of course.

I’m sitting with the new PSU in my lap as we speak.
It’s quite sexy, I admit, lying there all neatly packed in the box.
It makes me feel like Thor, God of Lightning.

Flipping through the instructions for any significant warnings, however, I came across this passage:

Operate properly at any altitude between 0 to 10,000 feet.
Storage: 50,000 feet.

It’s a bit sad I can’t expect it to operate properly above 10,000 feet. I mean, that’s where I’d usually would want to use my stationary computer, isn’t it? It goes without saying. So I sent a request for re-fund to Chieftec in the following wording:

People of Chieftec,
It has been brought to my attention a horrific piece of information, that could cause widespread panic and the death of thousands. Maybe millions, even. And it is my solemn duty to inform you about that what I was informed about. It is, sadly, with respect to your 500W power supply.

It does not operate above 10,000 feet.

How, I mean, how, are we going to cope with this?
It is acceptable that it can be stored at 50,000 feet, as any piece of high tech equipment should master. But the fact it does not work at altitudes above 10,000 feet means that, in reality, I have to descend 40,000 feet every time I want to make use of this lovely piece of equipment that I bought; and that you received my money for. And, as is well known, no computer would work without it.
My hands are tied.. 40,000 feet below me.

I am therefore inclined to request a Chieftec sherpa, without whom the operation of an essential part of life would be practically impossible.

Consider yourself lucky, people of Chieftec. It was mere chance that brought this to my ear, when I was still, blissfully, dancing on the edge of disaster.

Yours tactfully,

While we wait for their reply, have a nice weekend!

One thought on “Chieftec 500W power supply (PSU)

  1. haha, that showed them. But it’s true with the 500W power supplies…man I was sure the 315 (or whatever) would last forever…well that’s the world of computers for you.

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