I ran into an interesting problem recently and I have yet to decide the best course of action. There is an old computer in our office that first came online in 2006. It isn’t a computer we actively use and it hadn’t even been turned on in several months. I was going to use it as a guinea pig for installing Windows 8.1 since it would need to be upgraded from Windows XP in the next few months.
That’s where I discovered a big problem. When I flipped the power switch, nothing happened. I checked the plug to make sure it wasn’t as simple as plugging it in. Unfortunately, there was still no power. Before I make a final decision, I’ll check a few more things just to make sure. What is likely the problem? I’m guessing the power supply is dead.
Back in February, I wrote Provide Adequate Power to Your Computer and listed four different power supplies based on the amount of power you need. If I want to revive this old computer, I’ll likely need to buy a new power supply. Without taking inventory of the parts in the computer, I’m not sure if the 650 Watt power supply I suggested would provide enough power. If so, it might be worth spending the $80 to give the computer a heartbeat again.
I have a feeling more power is needed and that brings the price of a power supply to at least $145 and I’m not sure I want to spend that much to bring a seven year old, rarely used computer back to life. Heck, that’s more than enough to buy the latest Kindle Fire HD 7″ tablet and I’m pretty sure the tablet would get used a lot more!
What would you do?