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Is power supply faulty

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Hi,
I have a patroit booksize MIII 667 pc, when the system is turn off and only the power supply is connected to the mains it tends to get hot and smelly, also the inside of the case has brown staining over the power supply, also i have noticed that in the bios the voltage for the 12v supply in always running over 13 volts and normally at 13.31v, althought the 5v runs at 5.15v and the 3.3v runs at at 3.36v and the cpu voltage reads 1.61v. so i am not sure if the supply is faulty or not but the smell does worry me.
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Peter
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Based on your description, I would say you power supply sounds like it's going bad.  A funny smell, discoloration, and voltage levels exceeding 10% are all bad signs.  Replace it with an Enermax, Antec Truepower, Zalman, or Power PC and Cooling supply.
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by:RDAdams
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I would take it back on a warranty service and ask a technician there about it.  It does sound like there is a problem for sure.
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by:Cyber-Dude
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Try to check for any power physical adjustments (propper to 220V ot to 110V) and... other than that, Callandor is right...

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by:Dragonmen
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10% more voltage is nothing to worry about.
It could be that your power is a bit high than usual or senson aren't detecting the right voltage.
The smell is the problem. I had the power supply in my computer and one day it start to smell, but everything else worked fine, so i decided to leave it as it is. About a few days after that PS died. When i opened it some capacitor exploded :) No other damage to mb or devices. That PS is fixed and it's working OK now.
Maybe i got luck with this, and maybe you should remove it to prevent damage to computer.
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by:Tyrell_M
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Discoloration due to heat is definitley a bad sign. SOmething to maybe try that no one else mentioned and if you aren't doing, make sure you are plugged in through a good surge protecting power bar. It might be enough to stop it from over heating. Excess heat while just having it plugged in is something serious to worry about! Hope it helps, and if not then definitley try getting another power supply!
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by:Burbble
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Also, I should mention that if there is something inside that is about to burst, there is a risk of fire... Get this replaced as soon as possible, and unplug it in the meantime.

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by:shaineerken
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What type of smell is it? Plastic or lead (solder). Is this a new PC?
Please dont wait till its too late. Get it checked. Try to find some brown or bulgy capacitors or resistors. if Its under warranty, rush it to them.

Try giving a UPS to your PC. It wont solve your current problem. But better to avoid dirty current reaching into your PS.
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by:peterkuxhaus
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Hi,
Cheers everyone thanks for that i have been in touch with the suppliers and they are going to replace the psu under extended warranty
Peter
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by:RDAdams
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Good.  Glad to hear the company will support with the Warranty.  
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