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Can I use a converter to boost power for pc in an old house?

by jsmile266 / December 3, 2013 4:14 AM PST

Bought a new gaming pc with power supply 480 watt - ac 120/230 v (50/60Mz). The house I am renting is old and I'm sure has old wiring.The PC will not stay powered on and am told there is a voltage safety switch which is why it is turning off. The tech said to try a voltage converter. Any advise??

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I say that is bad advice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2013 5:31 AM PST

Even an old socket can deliver 10 amperes or 1,200 Watts so the advice looks bad.

My bet is there is something overheating or the power supply is being overtaxed. You could tell more about this PC.

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I agree with ob, and ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 3, 2013 12:31 PM PST

I would suggest that you check the circuit you have the computer connected to and see what else that fuse or breaker switch controls. For instance, you may have some appliances with big draws such as a refrigerator or, if the house is old enough, a coal stoker Sad that puts a tremendous amp drain on the system when it kicks on.

Try the computer on different outlets in different rooms. If it turns out to be such a problem a good UPS with line conditioning might help but it isn't cheap.

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(NT) Thanks dward.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2013 11:11 PM PST
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