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

CrankyOldBugger crankyoldbugger at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 15:01:21 EDT 2014


Ironically, I'm allergic to other people's computers!

Wouldn't mind a new car, though...



On 7 April 2014 14:56, John Kerr <johneddie.kerr at gmail.com> wrote:

> Some people are allergic to new cars, perhaps the answer is an off lease
> computer that has been run for a while.
>
> John
>
>
> On Sat, Apr 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com>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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