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

Jason Locklin locklin.jason at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 09:51:59 EDT 2014

Have you thought of building a low-power system with something like one
of these: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104186

Transformer is sealed in plastic, so no dust/smell from it. Thinking
about building a system like this with one of the low-power Haswell
chips and an SSD, myself (not for the smell, I just like
power-efficient, quiet machines).


On 14-04-05 03:56 PM, 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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