[kwlug-disc] The sweet(?) smell of power supplies

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Sat Apr 5 22:09:10 EDT 2014


Are you sure it's the power supply?  It could be the motherboard.  If
you sniff the motherboard and the power supply, then you could probably
tell which one might be off-gassing when powered up.

On Sat, Apr 05, 2014 at 03:56:19PM -0400, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> PC hardware question, not specific to Linux, but some of you folks may have
> ideas.
> 
> My partner has some rather significant allergies and sensitivities.  She
> also needs to replace her 12-year-old desktop computer.
> 
> In general electronics tend to be okay for her, but the power supply seems
> to be a stumbling block.  New power supplies smell really bad, triggering
> her sensitivities.  And they're blowing that bad air into her living space.
> 
> Does anyone know of a retailer that sells power supplies that she'd be able
> to crack open a bunch and give them a sniff-test?
> 
> Is there somewhere we can look at used power supplies, preferably from
> hopefully neutral office environments (rather than, say, the homes of
> smokers or pet owners)?
> 
> We're not entirely sure what it is in the power supplies that is triggering
> her.  We know that the PVC wiring is bad (I'm not holding out much hope,
> but if someone knows of a manufacturer that coats their wires in something
> other than PVC, that would be very useful to know).  But we've tried a
> bunch and haven't come up with much luck.
> 
> Any suggestions would be helpful.
> 
> Thanks!
> Darcy.

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