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Dell Inspiron 530 – Power Supply

Wednesday August 18, 2010

My trusty Dell Inspiron 530 lives again!  After a couple of days of inactivity, I have now brought my PC back to life with the installation of a new Power Supply Unit (PSU).

Monday night, when turning the computer on, it made a brief noise and then silence.  The power button LED on the front of the computer glowed a steady amber colour (usually it’s blue).  The computer did nothing, it didn’t boot.  It was dead.

A bit of googling via the iPod Touch, which was close at hand, took me to the Dell website and the manual for the computer (my copy long since discarded).  Steady Amber LED indicated a problem with power.  Nothing could have accidentally have become unplugged over night so I therefore assumed that the power supply had died.  The computer is almost three years old and it’s on more often than off so it has lasted well.

Next step, the Maplin website ( and a quick search for PSUs.  Unfortunately, my local Maplin stores were devoid of the PSUs I looked at so I resorted to mail order.  I selected the 450W  iCute Titanium ATX Power Supply and paid for standard delivery – this was to replace the 350W LiteOn power supply which had died within the Dell.

The Maplin order arrived today, the day after I placed the order, and the new PSU is installed and running.

One problem, the new PSU only has one SATA power connector.  With the Dell Inspiron 530, the hard drive and the DVD/CDR drive both require SATA power.  I don’t use the CDR drive often so I can live without it for a while.  I’ll get a 4-pin to SATA power converter soon – they’re available for around £1.

Apart from that, it’s all good and I’m back online with my desktop PC!

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