Somewhat OT - can underpowered power supplies damage a system?

suvayu ali fatkasuvayu+linux at
Wed Aug 18 20:31:35 UTC 2010

On 18 August 2010 09:08, James Mckenzie <jjmckenzie51 at> wrote:
> Maybe a brand name's power supply would have not shorted out, but then the mobo, drives and everything else would have received a 6000 volt shock.  And yes, the UPS was brand name (highly rated BTW) but the short duration was so short that the system did not shut down.

I think you are concluding incorrectly. A well made PSU ideally would
have blown the fuse, and saved both your PSU and your hardware. You
would only need to replace the PSU fuse to get back up and running. At
least that is my understanding.


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