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

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 10:02:49 EDT 2014


She has rather formidable power requirements, but we were talking about
whether something like this was available. I'll pass it along. Thanks.

Darcy.


On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM, Jason Locklin <locklin.jason at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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).
>
> -Jason
>
>
> 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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